Monday, November 12, 2012
The Topeka school district is transforming a former milk barn into a center that will include exhibits on electricity and renewable energy.
Located on the former grounds of the Topeka State Hospital, the center will be a key feature of the Kanza Education and Science Park. To the west of the barn is a 160-foot, 100-kilowatt wind turbine. To the east of it are mounds of dirt and construction machinery, where Westar Energy is building a new substation.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that once the learning center and substation are finished, students visiting the park will be able to learn about the electricity generated by the turbine. They can view the solar panels on the barn's roof.
They also will learn how substations work and how cables transport electricity.