Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains
Fall 2015

What is

Battle of
the Brains?

Through this educational competition, your school can earn a piece of a $150,000-plus grant for STEM education, just by designing the next great exhibit for Science City.

Kids who think big have the potential to change the world, so let’s give you some practice! It’s round three for this groundbreaking competition, so we’re looking for bigger ideas than ever. What will inspire you? How will you inspire us? Dream, discover and create… and show us what you’ve got!

What are you waiting for?

Click Here to Sign up

All schools in the greater Kansas City metro are eligible, and there is no limit on how many entries each school can submit. Sign up your school group today and start imagining the possibilities.

Student groups from public, private, parochial or home-based schools in the following counties are eligible:
Kansas: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee and Wyandotte
Missouri: Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Platte and Ray



  • Challenge students’ critical thinking skills with hands-on experiential learning.
  • Win a piece of $150,000-plus in grant money for STEM education at your school.
  • Give them the once-in-a lifetime chance to design and implement an exhibit with engineers, architects and construction managers as mentors.
  • Ignite a spark and a passion in students that will resonate throughout their lives, enhancing their ability to find fulfilling, well-paid careers.



  • An exciting new setting in Science City’s recently announced outdoor events plaza
  • Participation awards that affect a greater number of teams
  • A streamlined submittal process and even more teacher support



  • July & August
    Teacher Workshops
  • September 11, 2015
    Sign-Up Deadline
  • October 21, 2015
    Submissions Due

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More Information

We know STEM-related ideas have the potential to change the world. We’d love to tell you more about the competition and its benefits.

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