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Monticello Middle School students used a smart grid interactive display last week to learn about energy resources, electricity production and distribution, and what kind of power typical household items draw.
“This year the interactive displays were used as part of our electromagnetism and energy resources units,” said sixth grade science instructor Cindy Heiniger. “At the room simulations, students could see the benefits of the new smart meters that will allow consumers to save money on their electric bill by using electricity as much as possible at the cheapest rates of the day.”
Sixth grade students, along with eighth grade Science Club members had access to the setup last week, with an open house held Thursday evening so students could share sample grids with their families.
The display is provided by the Illinois State University Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology at no cost. Heiniger said the smart grid technology will also enable power companies to see more quickly locate and respond to power outages.