Inspiring Interest in Energy
Driven by a need for more job-ready candidates in power and energy fields, Kansas City Power & Light hosted its inaugural Get Into Energy camp in August at UMKC's School of Computing and Engineering (SCE).
"Most middle school students are unaware of the variety of jobs available to them in the utility industry or at a company like KCP&L," said Sarah Whitman, manager of technical training at KCP&L. "We wanted to create a fun, interactive summer camp where they could learn about the basics of creating energy, as well as get a first-hand look at how energy gets delivered to their homes and communities."
The camp was designed by KCP&L trainers and UMKC faculty members, who led middle school students from the Kansas City, Missouri School District through hands-on experiments that visually demonstrated the magic of magnetism and physics. Also supporting the camp was the recently-formed KC STEM Alliance, an independent initiative based at UMKC. Its mission is to inspire more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math and to build a robust workforce.