Voting Now Open for Student Entries on Burns & McDonnell’s Battle of the Brains in Kansas City

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A unique opportunity for students from Kansas City area schools to design the next exhibit at Science City in Kansas City

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America is built on ingenuity and inspiration, supported by creativity and critical thinking. That is why Burns and McDonnell, a leading Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Environmental and Consulting Solutions Firm, is investing in a $1 million-plus grant program that supports both the STEM education and a thriving educational environment at Science City in Kansas City. To get students involved, they are giving students a unique opportunity for their school group to design the next exhibit for Science City.

In addition to the chance to design an exhibit, Burns & McDonnell is awarding over $130,000 to the winning schools. The Battle of the Brains Contest is divided into an Elementary Division and a Secondary Schools Division. Winners in the elementary and secondary divisions will each earn a $50,000 grant to support STEM (science technology, math and engineering) education in their schools. Two runners-up in each division will earn $5,000 each, and the remaining 14 honorable mention winners will earn $1,000 each. One group of students will see their design constructed in Science City at Union Station during 2012.

With so much cash on the line, this isn’t your average sweepstakes. They turned to WizeHive to manage the online applications; including multiple uploads, with some students electing to attach videos to their entry. From there, judges and a brainiac panel narrowed down the field to 20 entries in total, 10 from elementary schools and 10 from secondary schools. The last 30% of the vote will be a public voting portal and people with a valid email address can vote once per day for their favorite entry.

“The Burns & McDonnell Foundation should be proud of the work they are doing to promote STEM education,” says WizeHive CEO Mike Levinson. “To have an exhibit in Science City is a big deal for students and a great opportunity to see how their ideas can impact the world.”

“We are thrilled with the response and amazed at the creativity, enthusiasm and ingenuity displayed by kids of all ages,” said Melissa Lavin-Hickey, director of the Burns & McDonnell Foundation. “It was very difficult to pick the 20 finalists who will now advance on to the voting round. We especially want to thank the teachers, administrators and volunteers who helped these students brainstorm ideas and develop their concepts into plans that can be turned into an actual exhibit at Science City.”

About WizeHive
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About the Burns & McDonnell Foundation
Science City and the Burns & McDonnell Foundation are long-term partners in continually improving the visitor experience and emphasizing the importance of STEM education. Learn more about the foundation at


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