Westar works with Topeka district on science park

Westar Energy is working with the Topeka Unified School District to create a science park for students.

Westar has been a partner for USD 501 in its endeavor to develop the Kanza Education and Science Park, which Westar and the school district hope will become a destination for science classes around Kansas.

Facilities at the park include Education Station, which is an electrical substation designed to give visitors a look at the workings of electricity. Substations convert high-voltage power to low-voltage power and route it to customers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the substation is surrounded by fencing that allows students to see in and is painted in bright colors to make it easier to distinguish the various parts.

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