Why STEM?

A path to tomorrow.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is a pipeline to a better world — for students and for us all.

Kids who love STEM have a brighter future.

When kids love STEM, it means a brighter future for the United States.

  • While just over 6 percent of U.S. workers hold jobs in STEM-related fields, they are responsible for more than half of our sustained economic growth.
  • A strong foundation in STEM breeds innovation, ideas and progress. In a time of intense global competition, the U.S. has the potential to lead once more.

It’s a special opportunity to inspire a student to pursue a STEM career. Do you remember when you discovered the passion for the work you do today? Perhaps it was an exceptional teacher, an inspiring book or a relative in the same industry. We hope, someday, that many students in the Kansas City area can point to Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains as their spark.

“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