Julee Koncak

Julee Koncak
Foundation Director
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Partnership for the Future, Built on Tradition

Partnership for the Future, Built on Tradition

America 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. That's why Science City and Burns & McDonnell have partnered over the years to ensure a thriving educational experience at Science City.

With the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, we give kids a chance to join the mission. Through this educational competition, students can earn a piece of a $150,000-plus grant for STEM education, just by designing the next great exhibit for Science City.

The first Battle of the Brains competition in 2011 was an unqualified success. We received 560 entries from 128 schools in 35 school districts. More than 2,500 students were inspired to dream, discover and create within the world of STEM. Twenty finalists received 60,000 public votes and the winners earned more than $150,000 in grants for STEM education. Olathe North High School's winning concept inspired the new Science of Energy exhibition that debuted at Science City in March 2013.

The second edition of this educational competition kicked off in May 2013, and will culminate with an awards ceremony in November 2013.

We're passionate about encouraging the innovation that comes from a strong foundation of STEM knowledge. This foundation will bear fruit. Projections by the U.S. Labor Department show that 15 of the 20 fastest growing occupations projected for 2014 will require significant mathematics or science preparation. We're gratified that Battle of the Brains has helped kids look at STEM topics in a new way.