In this introductory station, students learn just what electricity is, how it is generated, and how it travels from the power plant to the home. There is a lot of good science to explore in this station!
Station #2 – Idea Generation
After learning how electricity is generated, students can generate their own through movement, specifically stationary bicycles and hand cranks. Groups can see just how much electricity they would generate in one minute. While students take a break from generating electricity, they are asked to think about other ways they could generate electricity.
Station #3 – The Smart Grid and The Smart Meter
The way electricity is delivered to homes, schools, and businesses is becoming more efficient and reliable – smarter, really. At this station, students use an interactive screen to learn about smart grid technology and arrange their own smart grid. Smart technologies will definitely shape how we use energy in the future.
Station #4 – Energy Management at Home
The name of the game is energy conservation. Students play a game in a model section of a home to learn about ways they can reduce the amount of energy they use. Along the way students may pick up a tip or two about energy efficiency and why it is important to make sure the refrigerator door is completely closed!
Station #5 – Safety and Service
ComEd is dedicated to safety and service. Overhead electricians go through hours and hours of training before working in our communities. At the Hub students can look out at the actual training center through a large window where overhead electricians climb poles, learn to safely use their tools, and practice rescue operations. Students can try on some of the equipment that keep overhead electricians safe. They’ll be amazed what these men and women wear while climbing the tall utility poles in all kinds of conditions. Most importantly students will walk away with rules for acting responsibly around electricity.
Station #6 – The Community of the Future
In this station, students travel to the future. They’ll see how the technologies being employed today will only advance and improve our lives years from now. It is sure to inspire students who will be working with these smart technologies within their lifetimes.
Field trips are open to grades K-12 and last approximately 90 minutes long, depending on the age and size of the group. You and your students will be electrified by the two education centers, so be sure to visit the Smart Energy Hub program page on the Field Trip Factory website for more information and to book your trip today!