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. There is no cost for schools to participate — and the benefits of participation are enormous!

Battle of the Brains operates on a two-year cycle: one for competition and one for exhibit build-out. Sign-ups for the Fall 2017 competition cycle are now open! 

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

“The teamwork on which the project depends and the critical thinking skills you’re taught and use cannot be paralleled anywhere else.”
Kay Hansen, Mission Trail Elementary