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LPS Has Four Battle of the Brains Finalists

Battle of the Brains It was an exciting morning on Thursday, November 16, 2017, as representatives from Burns & McDonnell visited several schools around LPS to inform teams that they had been selected as a finalist in the Battle of the Brains competition.

The Battle of the Brains is becoming an institution with record participation to see which group of students can come up with the best idea for a new, $1 million exhibit at Science City.

What made these announcements special was that Liberty Public Schools had four different teams selected as a finalist, the most from any district in the Kansas City metro area.  Overall, 250 schools in 55 school district participated in the round that was quickly reduced to 20 schools.  Approximately 7,000 students participated in the competition, which has now been reduced to a few dozen metro-wide, many of which represent LPS.

The 20 finalist teams, half each in the elementary and high school categories, were chosen by Burns & McDonnell engineers.

Public online voting officially opened Friday, November 17, and will continue through Friday, November 24.  Anyone with a valid email address can vote. The result will count for 30 percent of the final selection.  To vote, simply click here.

The winner of the fourth round will be announced November 30 at Union Station.

Each finalist team will get a share of $155,000 in grant money, with the winning school receiving $50,000. Students on the winning team will have the opportunity to work with Burns & McDonnell to turn their idea into a permanent exhibit at Science City.

The Battle of the Brains is intended to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math — often referred to as STEM education.

All of this has been courtesy of the Kansas City engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, which has contributed millions of dollars to Science City over the years. Former CEO Greg Graves and current CEO Ray Kowalik have acknowledged it is in their company’s interest to groom the engineers of the future.

The Liberty Public Schools Finalists
Alexander Doniphan Elementary - Math Mania
Liberty North High School - Full STEAM Ahead
Alexander Doniphan Elementary - Captivating Chemistry
Ridgeview Elementary - Cranium Craze

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