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.

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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.

(Grades 6 - 12)

Wednesday, February 8, 4 - 5 PM


Make a robot friend or a machine who plans on taking over the world using only paper, your imagination and a simple circuit design. Let your imagination be your guide. You'll help your students learn circuitry while incorporating art and simple paper folding techniques to make paper robots which move and vibrate.
(Grades 4 - 12)

Wednesday, February 15, 4 - 5 PM


Photovoltaics (also known as solar cells) are a technology that magically converts sunshine to electricity with no moving parts. In this workshop, Tor Allen of Solar Schoolhouse will highlight the varied applications being powered by solar cells around the world, referencing the Magic of Solar Cells video, poster and article bank. Adding a research assignment to any hands-on solar cell activity greatly enhances student perspective on how this technology is powering our world with sunshine. Teaching strategies will be shared along with research and presentation templates. A copy of The Magic of Solar Cells Poster will be mailed to all participants. 

(Grades K - 12)

Tuesday, February 21, 4 - 5:30 PM


Bubbles are not only fun and fascinating, they guide and light the way to student understanding of important scientific concepts. From light and color to aerodynamics, technology and surface tension, this workshop will be bursting with chemistry and physics not to mention math. Teachers will have a copy of the Lawrence Hall of Science Teacher Guide mailed after the workshop. This class is presented by Mr. Electricity, Davin Bowker.

Educational activities

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

January - April 2023
YES is a three-day climate and sustainability summit for junior and senior students at high schools in Sacramento county. 

April 19, 2023

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

October 21, 2023

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

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?

Access age-appropriate, standards-based lessons from SMUD and the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED).

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

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

Powering education


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