The Smart Energy Hubs at ComEd (Chicago and Rockford, IL)

See STEM in action and get your students learning in their community!



The Power of Solar 



At ComEd, safety is the top priority. As part of ComEd’s commitment to safety, they are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and taking appropriate precautions to protect the health and safety of customers, employees, and contractors. That’s why they have put Smart Energy Hub field trips on hold until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back soon for updates.

SMart Energy HubBring 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.


Key Concepts

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!


Supports STEM Initiatives

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


Age Range & Duration

Grades 1 - 3 | Approximately ~ 60 minutes

Grades 4+ | Approximately ~ 90 minutes


Group Size Limit

Due to space limits, the Smart Energy Hub experience is best for groups of 10 to 32 students both for the Chicago and the Rockford locations with 1 chaperone per 6 students.

Need assistance with a large group, a short notice booking (less than 2 weeks) or a booking for a Saturday? Please call Field Trip Factory directly to discuss options: 800.987.6409



FREE   (You are responsible for transportation for your group to/from the event location)




→ Please bring field trip permissions slips to the Smart Energy Hub the day of your field trip (available in the Resources Tab above).

→ 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!

Code of Conduct:

• Please let FTF know if you cannot make the scheduled day/time.

• Always let us know if your group size is changing.

• Please make sure that you have at least 1 adult chaperone for every 6 students in your group AND that chaperones are ready to help the field trip leader if needed.

• Please call FTF with special requests - Do NOT add them in notes where they may go unseen by the store contact.

• Please arrange transportation to avoid last-minute conflicts and cancellations. Please also ensure your transportation is ready to pick you back up on time!

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About ComEd

As northern Illinois’ local utility and energy delivery company with more than a century of experience, our commitment to customer service, security, and satisfaction is guided by the progress of the past and the promise of the future. Driving an industry that is entrepreneurial in nature, we have always remained focused on benefiting the people, environment, and economies of the communities we serve. We continue to enhance our services and the workforce that helps us generate smart ideas.



“The presentation was exceptional. This experience combined many facets of the best field trips. ComEd was a unique facility, the building incorporated integrated functionality, the speakers provided human interest, and we learned relevant, usable information.”

Rosalie Dixler, Coordinator, Lifelong Learning Institute,
National Louis University

"This trip was so interesting! There were so many different aspects covered, and we enjoyed all of them. The time flew by. I surveyed my kids and their favorite features were: watching Mike climb the pole; lighting the bulb with batteries; trying on the uniform. "

Celine C

"One of the BEST field trips ever attended by the camp participants of the NIU-Enhancing Engineering Pathways ( program. The presentations and the demonstrations were just awesome. The campers had nothing but praise and praise for all that was offered to them at the field trip."

Suma R