Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains operates on a two-year cycle: one for the educational competition and one for the exhibit build-out. Competitions have been held in 2011, 2013 and 2015 — and now in Fall 2017.
Battle of the Brains has two divisions: elementary (kindergarten through 6th grade) and secondary (7th through 12th grade). THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES A SCHOOL MAY SUBMIT.
The same teacher may lead multiple teams. Each team should have a maximum of two co-leaders. (For example, Eloise Educator can partner with Tom Teacher to lead a team.) While there are no defined limits on team size, learning objectives diminish with teams of more than 20 students. Each team must design a STEM exhibit focused around a single topic or main idea of your choice.
Entries are judged in the following categories.
The Burns & McDonnell Foundation reserves the right to modify the rules without materially affecting the terms and conditions hereof. Entrants are responsible for checking the competition website after Sept. 1, 2017 for any updates to the rules.
“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