Online learning

Virtual classroom visits 

We are now offering free virtual classroom visits, including hands-on materials, so your students can build, discover and learn at a distance. There are multiple lessons to choose from:

  • Each lesson includes a fun, interactive self-paced online activity which can be assigned as class time or homework.
  • Our staff will join your class to lead your students through an engaging live exploration of your energy and/or sustainability topic.
  • We’ll send project materials for your students to reinforce learning objectives.
  • We’ll provide worksheets to accompany each lesson.
  • Lessons available for all grade levels and target NGSS standards.

To sign up for a free lesson email

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Upcoming classes

Make STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) come alive for you and your students with free, professional workshops that include hands-on activities and materials.

Please register at least one week prior to the class.

Tuesday, August 30, 4:30 - 7 PM

SMUD has partnered with the Sacramento County Office of Education and the Aerospace Museum of California to provide you with curriculum and activities to introduce your students to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers in aviation, space, technology and energy. Educators attending this in-person event will receive a free, 1-year teacher membership to the Aerospace Museum of California.

Tuesday, September 6, 4 - 5 PM

Welcome back-to-school and get ready for a new year with science introductions for your students. With quick lessons that will help them get ready to make new friends as they learn about energy, efficiency and conservation.

Tuesday, September 13, 9 - 11:30 AM

Who doesn’t like a great story?  Learn how to combine stories and picture books with science into a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) experience. This workshop is open to all teachers, but will focus on before and afterschool educators.

Educational activities

Get out-of-the-classroom, hands-on experience with energy and engineering.

January - April 2022
YES is a three-day climate and sustainability summit for junior and senior students at high schools in Sacramento county. 

April 20, 2022

Working together in teams, students build a solar race car and compete for fastest car, best design, best engineering and more.

September 10, 2022

Join SMUD at the Historic Folsom Powerhouse for a family fun day of science activities, exhibits, tours and more.

May 5 and 6, 2023

An exciting two days of teamwork, competition and discovery takes place every year at our Rancho Seco Recreational Area.

Online learning

Explore our library of standards-based lesson plans, hands-on activity guides, educational animated videos, and other STEAM related content.

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Parent resources for children


Looking for ways to keep kids engaged while learning at home?

Keep your home learners engaged with age-appropriate, standards-based lessons from SMUD and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED).

Each lesson will include a short reading, worksheet and additional learning resources. View lessons for:

Kindergarten - Grade 2

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

High school

See what’s happening with science and education in our region, including resources and upcoming events. View energy education newsletters

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We're proud to light your homes, your businesses and the streets around your neighborhood. And because we're community-owned and not-for-profit, we keep you at the heart of all we do, like supporting local schools with fun, hands-on science education.

Questions? Contact us at 1-916-732-6738 or email