Burns & McDonnell announces winners of Battle of the Brains contest
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Burns & McDonnell announces winners of Battle of the Brains contest
11/21/2011 2 minute read

Unplugged, the entry submitted by Olathe North High School, has been selected to be constructed as a new exhibit in Science City and winner of the secondary school division. Richardson Elementary School in the Lee's Summit School District has been named winner of the elementary school division. Each school will be awarded a $50,000 grant to supportscience technology, math and engineering education.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Burns & McDonnell has announced the winners of its Battle of the Brains competition. Olathe North High School has been named winner of the secondary school division and Richardson Elementary School in the Lee's Summit School District has been named winner of the elementary school division. Both Olathe North and Richardson Elementary each will be awarded a $50,000 grant to support STEM (science technology, math and engineering) education in their schools.

Unplugged, the entry submitted by Olathe North High School, has been selected to be constructed as a new exhibit in Science City. The exhibit will allow visitors to experience how energy powers the world through a number of interactive displays that demonstrate how mechanical power is transformed into various forms of energy. While visitors are moving, watching and playing, they also will be learning about the fundamentals of light and sound.

Hall of Magnets, the entry submitted by Richardson Elementary, explores how magnets are integral to many devices and processes in science and engineering. The Hall of Magnets proposed to draw visitors into the exhibit with the promise of interactive fun, allowing them to play with magnets to reach far beyond the concepts of "attract" and "repel."

$5,000 runners-up prizes in the secondary school division will be awarded to:

  • Science City ER, a project submitted by the Blue Springs School District Project Lead The Way
  • Storm Center, a project submitted by Westridge Middle School in the Shawnee Mission School District

$5,000 Runners-up prizes in the elementary school division will be awarded to:

  • Robot-Assisted Medical Procedures (R.A.M.P.), a project submitted by Hawthorne & Southview Elementary Schools in the Kearney School District
  • You! The Experience, a project submitted by Valley Park Elementary in the Blue Valley School District

All other top 20 finalists will receive $2,500 for STEM education.

"The level of excitement and enthusiasm from supporters of all the final 20 entries was just amazing," said Melissa Lavin-Hickey, director of the Burns & McDonnell Foundation. "Each of the top 20 finalists' projects were outstanding and the totals were all very close. We of course want to thank everyone involved with this project but especially the teachers and students who participated."

The winners were chosen from a field of 20 finalists determined in a judging round conducted by experts from Science City at Union Station and from Burns & McDonnell. The finalists were selected from a pool of 560 entries from 128 different schools in 35 school districts throughout the metropolitan area. A total of 2,500 students participated on 456 teams who submitted entries for the contest. The judges' rankings comprised 70 percent of the final rankings and the remaining 30 percent of the final rankings was determined by a public vote held between Nov. 11-18.

The other finalist entries in the elementary school division included:

  • Bug Street
    Pleasant Lea Elementary, Lee's Summit School District
  • Different Experiences, Parallel Lives
    Leawood Elementary, Blue Valley School District
  • Digest Quest
    Woodland Elementary, Lee's Summit School District
  • Energy Remix
    Leawood Elementary, Blue Valley School District
  • Navigating the Air: An Aeronautic Adventure
    Red Bridge Elementary, Center School District
  • The Space Place
    Cordill Mason Elementary, Blue Springs School District
  • The Tornado Experience
    Fleetridge Elementary, Raytown School District

The other finalist entries in the secondary school division included:

  • Big Bang and Beyond
    Turner High School
  • City Imagineerium
    LEARN Science & Math Club, Home School
  • Elements of Modern Living and Power
    Olathe East High School
  • Forces of Nature
    Belton High School
  • Magnetic Science and Technologies
    Olathe East High School
  • Taking Flight
    Shawnee Mission South High School
  • Water Extravaganza
    Lansing High School

About the Burns & McDonnell Foundation

The Burns & McDonnell Foundation is a key component of the firm's longstanding commitment to improve the quality of life through: educational outreach supporting careers in engineering and technology; human services; environmentally responsible practices; and support for the arts and cultural enrichment. In addition Burns & McDonnell encourages and supports volunteer efforts by employee-owners in support of projects and causes that support our communities. Burns & McDonnell provides engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services to clients throughout North America and abroad. Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is 100 percent employee-owned.

 

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