TCIPG engages with students and the public at every level from grade school through graduate school and professional development.

Students in Primary through High School

TCIPG, and its predecessor TCIP, have developed a series of online tutorials explaining various aspects of power generation and distribution. These applets, prepared by the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) program at Illinois, have a range of difficulty levels, and include simple ones suitable for young children as well as ones challenging enough to interest adult members of the general public. For more information, follow the links below.

Online Educational Applets — ideal for middle-school-level students and beyond. Each applet may be accessed from links below or from  

Tesla Town App for Android or iPad — allows younger students to explore and learn about different energy sources used for electricity production today. This app can be downloaded free from the iTunes App Store, the Google Play Store, or accessed online at (does not work with Internet Explorer).

TCIPG Mincraft World (Coming Soon) — TCIPG Education has established a MinecraftEdu server that invites Minecraft players into a smart grid world with multiple forms of generation, transmission, and loads. Remotely controlled energy producing sites may be vulnerable to cyber attacks and will require players to establish cyber defenses.

Charge On! for iPad/iPhone (Coming Soon) — a strategy quest through the history of electrification in the United States.

University or College Students

Research internships working on TCIPG are available under the ITI Undergraduate Summer Internship Program; graduate students enrolled at participating TCIPG universities can work on TCIPG by obtaining research assistantships with TCIPG faculty. Other research project opportunities may be available for both undergraduates and graduates at the TCIPG partner institutions. Interested students should contact appropriate faculty members directly to inquire.

Students enrolled in a degree-granting program at a university or college in the United States are encouraged to apply for scholarships to attend TCIPG Summer Schools.

Professional/Continuing Education

TCIPG offers week-long intensive Summer Schools. Links to past and upcoming Summer Schools are shown below.

Public Outreach

TCIPG engages in public outreach through occasional participation in the annual Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and through the ongoing interactive "Mission Smart Grid" exhibit at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign, Illinois. The exhibit, which is supported and co-developed by TCIPG, teaches visitors about electricity production and delivery by exploring how new technologies will increase options for consumers to use electronic devices to manage their electricity consumption.