The ComEd Smart Energy Hubs at the Chicago and Rockford Training Centers


Bring the concept of smart energy to life in an exciting place where abstract concepts become real…the Smart Energy Hub at the ComEd Chicago (CTC) and Rockford (RTC) Training Centers – two great locations! ComEducation is a program that opens the doors of the ComEd training center to teach valuable lessons on the future of energy including learning how Smart Meters and the Smart Grid can put energy in the hands of our communities like never before! Students discover what energy is all about through 6 interactive stations and learn how energy is changing to improve the way we work and play.

· How energy is generated and delivered
· The impact of Smart Meter and Smart Grid technology
· Renewable energy sources including The Power of Solar
· Safety with electricity
· Communities of the future….and more!


The lessons, discussions, and activities throughout this experience support a STEM-based curriculum by emphasizing key concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Due to space limits, the Smart Energy Hub experience is best for groups of 5 to 32 students both for the Chicago and the Rockford locations with 1 chaperone per 8 students.

You can book groups outside the 5-32 approved range as an Exception Request during the booking process.  An Exception Request will hold the booking spot while FTF checks with the location on your request.  An FTF representative will contact you within 3 business days of your Exception Request to discuss options.

Need assistance with a large group, a short notice booking (less than 2 weeks), or a booking for a Saturday? Contact FTF directly and we’ll be happy to help!

→ Please bring field trip permissions slips to the Smart Energy Hub the day of your field trip (available in the Resources area on this page).

→ ComEd kindly requests a 24-hour notice for all cancellations of booked field trips. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please call Field Trip Factory at 800.987.6409 at least 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. Thank you.

→ Scout Groups: Receive a patch for each scout participating in this event – ask your field trip leader!

Program Flyer

Field Trip Highlights

Learning Points

Field Trip Checklist

Permission Slip (English) – Please bring completed slips to the facility the day of the event!

Comprobante del permiso

Smart Energy Ambassador Activity Book (K-3)

K – 3 | Pre-Field Trip Activities

K – 3 | Post-Field Trip Activities

Gr 4 – 6 | Pre-Field Trip Activities

Gr 4 – 6 | Post-Field Trip Activities

Gr 7 – 8 | Post-Field Trip Activities

Gr 9+ | Post-Field Trip Activities

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Ave Rating:  4.79
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The students and myself had a great time and it was extremely informative and we look forward to bring back another set of students.

Robert | CICS Wrightwood | 02.24.2023

The Smart Energy Hub at the ComEd Chicago Training Center

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Excellent experience for our 4th graders! My students were engaged for 90 minutes and gained a ton of knowledge about Energy.

Sonia | U-46 | 02.21.2023

The Smart Energy Hub at the ComEd Rockford Training Center

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Our consumers and the staff that accompanied them, truly enjoyed their experience at the Field Trip Factory. We will definitely be making Field Trip Factory a quarterly outing as the consumers choose.

LaShae | South Chicago Parents and Friends | 01.24.2023

The Smart Energy Hub at the ComEd Chicago Training Center

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Vanessa was a great group leader! She had clear and fair expectations for my 4th graders, and worked very well with them. Almost all of the stations were working, but I am honored to have brought both of my classes for the first in person field trip since 2020!!

Danielle | BURR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL | 12.02.2022

The Smart Energy Hub at the ComEd Chicago Training Center

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