What is Battle of the Brains?

Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains is an academic competition that gives students in the greater Kansas City area the chance to earn $155,000 in grants by designing the next great exhibit for Science City. It encourages big ideas and tells kids, “STEM is fun. It’s for me. It’s for everyone.” Since we began in 2011, more than 10,000 students have benefitted from this one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Battle of the Brains operates on a two-year cycle: one for competition and one for exhibit build-out. The winning entry from 2015 — an outdoor exhibit centered around Simple Machines — is underway and working towards an early 2017 launch. Watch this page for more information about future events.