The emPOWER Education Program is a Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) initiative, designed with the students, teachers and community of Kansas City, Kansas, in mind. This program brings classroom resources to our community’s public school teachers, such as lesson plans, activity supplies and offers BPU staff members as guest speakers.

In 2013, the state of Kansas adopted the new science curriculum standards, which call for more hands-on, interactive learning experiences in the classroom. The BPU emPOWER Education Program offers additional resources to help teachers bolster their lesson plans and fulfill these new requirements. This program is the result of elementary, middle and high school teachers in the KCK USD 500, Turner USD 202 and Piper USD 203 school districts contributing valuable input. With their continued involvement, the emPOWER Education Program and the schools’ partnership with BPU will evolve to better serve our teachers and students for decades to come.

Our mission is to instill in our students environmental responsibility and utility safety to help build a sustainable foundation for the future of our community. Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, BPU began offering energy- and water-focused lesson plans to all schools in the KCK community. With the program’s career extension and activities, students can learn about the careers available in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics and utility fields.

At BPU, we power our community with more than water and electricity: we seek to power our community through the education of our students and residents. An educated community means a brighter future for all of us.