Illinois State University has recently received a grant of $450,000 through the Universitys Smart Grid for Schools program, which will be used toward the training of teachers of grades K-12.
The smart grid technology originated in Chicago and is now becoming more prevalent throughout the state. The program gives schools the chance to learn more about the smart grid technology and how it is used.
The purpose of the technology is to allow students to learn more about electricity in the future and what they will be able to do with it.
Those who use the technology will have smart meters in their houses, which will allow them to assume more control over their costs throughout the day.
The technology also works to find and fix some problems before they cause outages, which will allow restoration to occur at a faster rate.
Students will learn through various activities and experiments using the smart grid meters.
ISUs Center for Renewable Energy has united with the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology to utilize the Smart Grid Program.
The Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation presented the grant to ISU, which was one of nine to receive the grants associated with smart grid consumer education projects.
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