We know STEM is amazing.
Our country is built on ingenuity and inspiration, supported by creativity and critical thinking. To maintain this tradition, investing in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is crucial. The opportunity to light the spark and build that foundation in kids? Well, that’s pretty amazing. STEM education is a pipeline to a better world — for students and for us all.
We believe amazing is in our reach, that the U.S. should be a place where kids develop the next great app or software and not just use it. We believe this is where STEM professionals will discover a revolutionary water filtration system or design a building with zero environmental impact. With a strong foundation and ongoing support, it will happen. Together, we can kindle that passion for students that can shape their path and resonate throughout their lives.
With generous support from the Burns & McDonnell Foundation, we take our time, talents and monetary contributions to the students and the institutions supporting them. That can come in the form of donations, volunteer judges for science fairs and other STEM competitions, or something bigger like the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains.
You can’t beat the real thing, so we offer myriad programs to welcome students and educators to our campus to see STEM in action. With opportunities like internships, job shadowing and specialized summer camps, we help eager young learners explore the possibilities. We also provide support for parents and teachers encouraging the next generation.
Highlights of our employee-owner support of STEM education:
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 $5 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.
MATHCOUNTS and FIRST Robotics
Employee-owners across the country volunteer at career fairs and STEM-related competitions like these.
KC STEM Alliance
This group is a collaborative network of educators, business affiliates and organizations that inspires interest in STEM careers to generate a robust future workforce in the community. We are a proud industry partner.
Several of our offices across the country promote STEM education in their communities through efforts like supporting their local science centers or funding after-school STEM programs.
Girl Scouts Spark
Burns & McDonnell helps fund Spark events, which inspire girls to dream big and bring them together with STEM professionals.
Send Us a Note
Julee Koncak Foundation Director 816-822-4391