New Educations Substation Teaches Kids About Energy

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A new addition at the Kanza Education Park aims to spark interest in science among students.

"This is a one of a kind outdoor classroom where kids can come and be inspired to a career as an engineer or an environmentalist," said Westar Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Sterbenz.

Students from Eisenhower Middle School Middle School helped cut the ribbon on the new Education Substation. It's a partnership between Westar Energy and Topeka Public Schools.

It provides power to Topeka, but is designed as a classroom to teach students about energy.

Former USD 501 Superintendent Dr. Kevin Singer helped get the project off the ground. He envisions it being anouther stop for students who come from around the state to visit the capitol.

"This will be a center where the can stop and see renewable energy and what's new with the electrical grid and see what can be done," said Dr. Singer

As part of Wednesday's event, the old milk barn from when the site was the Topeka State Hospital by the substation was dedicated as the Westar Energy Education Center.