Online learning

Virtual classroom visits - new

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 virtual classes

Make STEAM education come alive for your students with free, professional workshops that include hands-on activities and materials. To receive the materials, please register one week prior to the class.

(Grades 4 - 12)

Wednesday, September 29, 4 – 5 PM

Did you know that climate change is effecting our lives in Sacramento. SMUD is working to make our power supply carbon free by 2030. Teachers will learn how to simulate the greenhouse effect in a beaker to understand how carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses behave in our atmosphere.

(Grades 5-7)

Tuesday, October 5, 4 – 5:30 PM

Did you know that we all need clean air, even plants? Plants need to breathe just like humans do, but in a different way. Are you curious as to how plants breathe? Find out in the microscopic exploration of plant leaves.

(Grades 6-12)

Tuesday, October 12, 4 – 5:30 PM

Put the A in STEAM with ART! Yes, art and computer lessons can be combined. Teachers will learn how to introduce color theory, shapes and design using the programming concepts in Python.

Educational activities

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

January - April 2021
YES is a three-day climate and sustainability summit for junior and senior students at high schools in Sacramento county. 

April 1 - 16, 2021
Show us how you and your family are celebrating the Earth and how you can help SMUD reach our goal of zero carbon by 2030.

August 14, 2021

Join SMUD and the Sacramento Kings as we tip off the school year with a free STEM activity pick-up for kids in our community. Registration not required.

September 11, 2021

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

October 2021

Middle school students create 1-2 minute video showing why it’s so cool to drive electric.

May 13 - 14, 2022

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. Click here to 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