In January 2018, the TTU MEMS Lab received GLEAMM SPARK funding for electrical grid education, outreach, and research. The faculty team includes Professors Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer, Kelli Frias, and Tim Dallas. Graduate students on the project include electrical engineering graduate students Shamsul Arefeen and Vishwanath Tadikonda and education student Karen Jansen.
The team is developing hands-on educational modules for grade school students that teach fundamentals of electrical power generation and distribution, with a special focus on renewables such as solar and wind. The project includes international outreach using the Solar Powered Digital Classroom in a Box.