Why STEM?

A path to tomorrow.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is a pipeline to a better world — for students and for us all.

Kids who love STEM have a brighter future.

When kids love STEM, it means a brighter future for the United States.

  • While just over 6 percent of U.S. workers hold jobs in STEM-related fields, they are responsible for more than half of our sustained economic growth.
  • A strong foundation in STEM breeds innovation, ideas and progress. In a time of intense global competition, the U.S. has the potential to lead once more.

It’s a special opportunity to inspire a student to pursue a STEM career. Do you remember when you discovered the passion for the work you do today? Perhaps it was an exceptional teacher, an inspiring book or a relative in the same industry. We hope, someday, that many students in the Kansas City area can point to Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains as their spark.

“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