Judging

Develop an idea that captures the imagination.

Battle of the Brains is judged using a vigorous three-step process.

  • Round 1

    Burns & McDonnell and Science City screen all entries for compliance.

  • Round 2

    The entries are judged by STEM professionals from Burns & McDonnell and Science City. The judges evaluate and rank the entries according to the criteria. Ten teams from each division (elementary and secondary) will be elevated to the top 20. Once in the top 20, all teams will be evaluated against each other regardless of division. The judges’ ranking of the top 20 accounts for 70 percent of the final rankings.

  • Round 3

    The public votes from Nov. 17-24 on the remaining 30 percent of rankings. Anyone here or across the country with a valid email address can vote.

The public vote will affect the final rankings. Getting out the vote can make a difference!

“A popular buzz phrase in education is ‘authentic audience.’ BOTB provides my students with purpose – they know that ACTUAL engineers are going to be looking at their ideas and that motivates them to put in tremendous amounts of effort.”

Jennifer Medina, Cordill Mason Elementary