BPU Partners with School Districts to Promote Environmental Responsibility and Science

(KANSAS CITY, Ks.)The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities recently launched an educational initiative in collaboration with the three school districts (KCK USD 500, Turner USD 202, and Piper USD 203) serving Kansas City, Kansas.  The purpose of this new emPOWER Education Program is to encourage environmental responsibility and teach utility safety standards, while promoting the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for future learning to area youth.

In coordination with the school districts and teaching staff, BPU has created and designed a series of lesson guides that elementary, middle school, and high school teachers can incorporate into their lesson plans under the science strand, with a focus on energy, water, conservation, and environmental related issues.  The lesson guides include planning kits with tools and activities for each particular subject, and are designed for each age appropriate learning level. Just as important, this initiative aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and meets the State of Kansas Common Core School District Standards.

“BPU is very excited to partner with our local school districts on the new emPOWER Education Program,” stated Don Gray, General Manager of BPU. “BPU staff and school district representatives have been working on this effort for more than a year, and we’re pleased that area students and the community in general will be able to benefit directly from this newest utility commitment to the sciences and environmental responsibility.”

Additional information and classroom resources related to the emPOWER Education Program can be found at www.BPUemPOWEReducation.com.  In mid-September, video resources will be added to the site as well, covering the topics of energy, water and career spotlights.  The career portion of the program helps to guide students in the direction of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

As the emPOWER Education Program was inspired and created by teachers for our community, further teacher questions or feedback will be welcomed via this webpage. 

Em Power Education Program

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 63,000 electric and 50,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com
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