Our professionals’ curiosity and creativity are vital to the breakthroughs we see in an ever-changing world. It is our privilege to share that passion with students of all ages and every background. We believe the future is STEM, and we are committed to helping equip the young leaders who will design the next big innovations.
One way we demonstrate our commitment to invest for a better world is through contributions — financial, in-kind and personal — to a tremendous variety of programs encouraging growth in STEM education.
Highlights of our employee-owner support of STEM education:
We share your passion for getting students excited about STEM. We're committed to empowering kids to be STEM stars, so we've collected personal stories from our STEM leaders, activities to engage your students and lessons to expand their horizons. Check out our STEM Resources.
Partnership with Science City
The company has a unique relationship with Science City, Kansas City’s science center. Gifts from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation and in-kind services have amounted to more than $6 million in improvements to Science City, including the creation of new exhibits based on winning entries from the Battle of the Brains competition.
Battle of the Brains
This educational competition for K-12 students encourages them to dream big, discover and create by designing what could become the next great exhibit for Science City in Kansas City. It also awards students the chance to help their schools win a grant for STEM education. We provide mentors and judges, and the winning students work alongside our engineers and architects to bring their exhibits to life.
Higher education commitment
We hope to lead the way in creating the scientists and engineers of the future by supporting higher education initiatives, classrooms and programs, which is why we have funded renovations and supported numerous colleges with financial gifts in recent years.
We recognize we can’t reach every student. But one amazing teacher can reach hundreds. That's why we welcome educators to our world headquarters for the annual Educators Summit where we connect you with STEM professionals and opportunities for your students. Learn more on our event page.
Your World: Empowered and Engineering U
"Your World: Empowered" is a free evening event designed to help students in grades 7-12 explore the possibilities of a career in engineering, architecture, drafting, environmental science or construction management. Sign up here.
Engineering U is a free three-day summer academy for high schoolers, letting them work side-by-side with experienced engineers, architects and construction professionals. Annual sessions are available for incoming college freshmen, high school juniors and seniors, and high school girls. Sign up here.
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Julee Koncak Foundation Director 816-822-4391