Current Offerings

Current Offerings

Virtual Grid Construction

Students position power plants, poles, and a variety of buildings on the screen, then tap buildings to draw wires between them and light up their city. Students complete a series of challenges which take them through the historical development of the electrical grid, with simulated storms demonstrating the value of having a “smart” grid. The game includes 10 challenges and a “free play” mode.

Virtual Smart Homes

Using any device larger than a phone, students can complete many of the challenges and experiments they could complete on a physical home (see below).  Rather than seeing the impact of their actions on a physical home, students see the impact of their actions in animated rooms.  Students can select a reading level (K-4, 4-8, or 8-12) before beginning challenges/experiments.

Virtual Reality Solar Farm Exploration

This career-oriented virtual reality experience will allow students to explore a solar farm through interactive 360-degree video.  This experience can be completed on any Android or iOS phone when the pilot launches at the end of the year.

Hands-On Grid Construction

Students work together to create their own communities, following the chronological development of the electric grid. The set contains enough models of power plants, transmissions towers, substations, factories, houses, etc. to make four complete grid lines.  Students learn how electricity is generated, transmitted, and used. Each set also includes four hand-crank generators and a steam engine.  New this year is a revised student and teacher edition of the curriculum which identifies where grade-appropriate mathematics, science, and other standards are addressed and how to emphasize them.

Hands-On Smart Homes

Perfect as a follow-up to the grid construction experience, smart homes help students understand how smart meters and home automation systems enable consumers to control their energy use.  Students learn the energy impact of lights, heating/cooling, water use, and renewable energy sources, all while seeing the real-time results of their choices throughout the physical home. New this year are the smart shopping challenge, wind power experiment, and water heater experiment, as well as the option for multiple students to interact simultaneously with the home (using their own tablets or laptop computers). Each set includes four Smart Homes. 

Hands-On Solar Farm Simulators

solar farm

The solar farm consists of a surface with the “sun” on the end of a long arm that pivots so that it can move across the sky, sunrise to sunset. The arm mechanism also pivots, so the position of the sun can change during the seasons throughout the year. Students place four solar arrays on the surface and gather output data, then analyze their data to determine how time-of-day and time-of-year affect solar insolation.  With this information, they can determine the best orientation and angles for each array just as engineers do in the real world.

Smart Grid Subsets and Microsets

In addition to the Smart Grid grid construction sets, we also have Smart Grid subsets and microsets. Subsets and microsets are simplified versions of thr smart grid system that are designed for use in displays and expositions. Each grid line can accommodate up to four people for up to 30 minutes. Please contact Olesya Courier for availability.

The subset contains a headquarters office, two power plants, and enough poles, transformers, and houses to make two complete grid lines. The subset also includes switches and a smart monitoring station.

Download Subset Instructions

The microset contains one power plant and enough poles, transformers, and houses for one complete grid line. Like the subset, each microset also contains switches and a smart monitoring station.

Download Microset Instructions