The 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.
The Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains operates on a two-year cycle: one for the competition and one for the exhibit build-out. The winning entry from the 2015 competition — 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.