The Basics

Inspired by kids, built by Burns & McDonnell.

It’s the educational competition with the biggest impact in Kansas City: Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains. Metro area schools can earn a piece of the $155,000-plus grant for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by dreaming up an exhibit concept for Science City — and one school sees their idea come to life in a big way!

It’s a fantastic experience for students and teachers — thinking big, exploring new things, collaborating and having fun! So far, more than 11,000 students in 50 school districts have benefited from this amazing, immersive educational opportunity.

Battle of the Brains operates on a two-year cycle: one for competition and one for exhibit build-out. The winning entry from 2015 — Simple Machines at Play — opens May 2.

Want to learn more about Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains? Check out this summary.

“For once I was able to find a truly project-based learning experience. This competition is oriented for student-centered, cooperative action. It was fantastic to watch a small spark grow.”
Lee Winslow, Belton High School