Silver Spring Networks launches smart grid curriculum in California

Redwood City, Calif., February 24, 2011 — Silver Spring Networks, a provider of smart grid platforms, launched A Smart Energy Future. This program is a global educational programs designed to increase the general public's understanding of smart energy and help prepare the next generation for the benefits of the smart grid.

The new A Smart Energy Future curriculum, which is available free to educators, is designed to help teachers, students, their families and their communities understand how the smart grid can address the nation’s energy challenges.

It also enables students to see how the smart grid may present career and professional opportunities in a fast growing, technological industry and be on the cutting edge of a worldwide energy transformation.

The smart grid consists of digital technology that allows utility companies to more intelligently connect to consumers and devices on the electrical grid, saving money and lessening the environmental impact of the energy we use.

Among the schools that have been selected for the initial rollout of the curriculum are Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, CA; Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, CA; Granville Middle School in Granville, OH; and Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, OH.

The curriculum was developed by Silver Spring Networks and Education Development Center, an international, non-profit organization that focuses on education and health.

It includes two units featuring interactive assignments and community-facing projects designed to encourage students to learn about the benefits of the smart grid and engage them in career exploration activities relating to the green tech industry:

* Unit 1 — Students learn about the smart grid and develop materials that will educate others in their community about the smart grid concept and its potential benefits.

* Unit 2 — Students engage in career exploration and create job profiles for the smart grid industry.

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