The Future of Energy: Student and Teacher Resources

Oil refinery and train tank carsBy Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officerjanetpic_preferred_cropped

A local California-based company, Silver Spring Networks, has created an educational program designed to educate teachers, students and their families on how the smart grid addresses our energy challenges. A Smart Energy Future is a curriculum-based program for students to learn about how technology is changing the future of energy and is being tested in California and Ohio schools.


The curriculum features lessons on energy concepts, interactive assignments and community-facing projects, as well as career exploration activities relating to the energy industry.

In unit one, students begin by taking an inventory of their household energy usage. For example, which activities used the most energy? During what times of day was the most energy used? During what times of year are your utility bills the highest? What sources of energy does your household use?

“Students really enjoy learning about energy sources since it is practical and relevant to every-day life. The household inventory is always an eye-opening experience for both students and parents.”

Students also learn about the advantages and disadvantages of various energy sources (solar, water, geothermal, nuclear, etc.) and learn ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

“My students now know what renewable and non-renewable energy is, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.”

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In unit two, students research existing jobs in the energy industry and create a career profile for a print or online energy career guide. The career profiles include information about career preparation, responsibilities, and actual work scenarios.

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