The drive to strengthen communities is the heartbeat of Burns & McDonnell, in our work and with the Burns & McDonnell Foundation. Over the past few years, we’ve invested more than $6 million in grant programs that support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.
Why do we care so much about this cause? Every day, our employee-owners rely on STEM skills, passion and a lifelong curiosity to change the world. The opportunity to light the same spark and build the same foundation in kids? Well, that’s pretty amazing.
We believe the United States should be a place where kids engineer a revolutionary water filtration system or design a building with zero environmental impact. We believe in empowering the next generation of STEM professionals to do more than just use apps, but to design them. We believe it’s our responsibility to help these kids change the world.
“Students aren’t creating a product for a hypothetical environment or ’playing’ at being scientists. They must make a plan for a REAL product that will be right down the street from them should they win.”
Jennifer Thomas, Turner High School