Community Education & Technology Center
Educator Workshops

This Spring we are offering a mix of virtual and live workshops at exciting locations like the Museum of Science and Curiosity,  and the Sacramento County of Education.  As always, safety is the most important priority for SMUD. Until state and county guidelines change, we will be following strict safety measures at all of our live workshops, with social distancing, rooms at 25% capacity, furniture cleaned and disinfected,  and mandatory mask requirements. Please note that SMUD will not be providing meals at these workshops.

Upcoming Event
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Back to School Launch Party for Educators (All Grades)
Enjoy refreshments, food, raffles and music as you get your groove back on for a new school year. SMUD has partnered with the Sacramento County Office of Education and the staff of the Aerospace Museum to provide you with curriculum and activities to expose your students to STEM careers in aviation, space, technology and energy.
Aerospace Museum of California
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Energy Games and Icebreakers for Your Class (Grades 3-12)
Welcome back to school! Get ready for a new year with science introductions for your students. With quick lessons, help them get ready to make new friends as they learn about energy, efficiency and conservation.
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Great Stories and Science (Grades K-5)
Who doesn’t like a great story? Learn how to combine stories and picture books with science learning into a STEAM experience.
SMUD Customer Service Center
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Turn Down the Watt (Grades 4-12)
Save energy and money while saving the environment! In these STEM lessons, teachers will learn about energy and conservation and how to turn this knowledge into lessons which can be applied to the classroom and the students’ homes.
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Welcome to MOSAC (All Grades)
In a powerful STEM collaboration between SMUD and MOSAC, Teachers will learn about the educational opportunities available to students, families and teachers.
SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC)
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Take Over the World with Paper Robots! (Grades 6-12)
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.
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Learn to Code with InchwormBits (Grades 4-12)
Even your young students can learn how to code using simple techniques and Little Bits Inchworms.  This engaging platform provides a very fun first coding experience. Be free, little Inchworm bits!
Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
5:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Science Spooktacular (Grades 4-12)
Learn how to celebrate Halloween with science in this spooktacular event. Come as you are or dress up as your favorite Halloween character while you explore the transformation of energy using dry ice. Other spooky, science activities will also be demonstrated. Refreshments will be provided.
SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC)
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Climate Change and Carbon (Grades K-12)
Did you know that Climate Change is affecting our lives in Sacramento? SMUD is working to making your electricity zero carbon by 2030. Teachers will learn how to simulate the greenhouse effect in a beaker  to assist in understanding how carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases behave in our atmosphere.
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Holiday Sewing with Light Up Circuits (Grades 5-12)
Teach your students how to create wearable, light up art. Yes, we can add art to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) with a creative spin on textile art.
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Creating an Interactive Light Installation (Grades 4-12)
Computer Science and Art standards in this workshop.  Together, we will write a computer program that creates individual and group light displays using the micro:bit and cutting-edge accessories.  We will learn about color theory, computer algorithms, sensors, events, and more!
Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
The Power of Wind (Grades 5-12)
Did you know that SMUD is using wind power to help reach a zero carbon goal by 2030? In this workshop, teachers will learn how to use wind power to teach about energy, renewable energy and electricity. A kit will be provided at the workshop.
SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC)
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
CAD and Engineering in 3 Dimensions with Cardboard (Grades 3-6)
Teachers will be introduced to tools that can be used to sketch ideas, TinkerCAD for Computer Aided Design and student physical engineering with MakeDo. Teachers will examine the engineering standards and consider solutions for building a cardboard dam. Students will estimate the volume of concrete necessary to build the dam. Teachers will then build their bridge out of cardboard and test it. SCOE will provide workshop materials.
Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)