Educational activities

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

April 22 & 24, 2024

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

May 3 and 4, 2024

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

Fall 2024
YES is a three-day climate and sustainability summit for junior and senior students at high schools in Sacramento county. 

Fall 2024

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.

Classroom visits

We offer free classroom visits, including hands-on materials, so your students can build, discover and learn.

SMUD employee assists students on a project.

We offer multiple lessons for you 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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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:

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.

Stay safe around electricity

Free classroom resources make teaching electricity safety easy. Learn more.


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