The Basics

Inspired by kids, built by Burns & McDonnell.

It’s Kansas City’s most exciting K-12 STEM competition — Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains. Metro area schools can earn a piece of $155,000-plus in grants for STEM 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 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.

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

“Battle of the Brains is fascinating! Students are very excited to collaborate and create. It gives them ownership of a project that teases the heart and mind!”

Corinne Drummond, Westview Elementary