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Battle of the Brains Winners Announced

January 28, 2014

Congratulations Leawood Elementary and Olathe North High School – winners of The 2013 Battle Of The Brains!

Along with taking home $50,000 for their schools, students from each team will work side-by-side with Burns & McDonnell engineers, architects, and construction managers to bring their winning proposals to life – as full-scale science exhibits at Science City at Union Station. And, for the first time in the “Battle of the Brains” contest, TWO grand prize winners were selected to have their proposals transformed into real-life science exhibits at Science City. Both teams beat out over 500 entries to claim the grand prizes in the nation’s most robust K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition with unique and compelling entries. The proposed science exhibit by students at Olathe North titled “Tapped Out,” will emphasize the rapid decreases in water resources and the steps that must be taken to help ensure clean water does not become a scarce commodity in the future. Leawood Elementary’s “GeneTech” exhibit will explore the wonder and science behind heredity, genetic conditions and technology, and the history of DNA. '

The exhibits will be designed and built during the next 18 months as the students are part of project team. The 2013 “Battle of the Brains” saw 3,500 students from 193 schools in the Kansas City metro area compete for grant money and the opportunity to build a science exhibit at Science City. In addition to the two $50,000 grand prize winners, four runners-up received $5,000 each and 14 schools earned $2,500 each. Winners are:

RUNNERS-UP: $5,000

SCHOOL

PROPOSED IDEA

Cordill Mason Elementary

Every Last Drop

Longview Farm Elementary

Tour de Forces

SECONDARY/7-12

SCHOOL

PROPOSED IDEA

Summit Technology Academy

Wright Into the Future

Winnetonka High School

Aquiforever

HONORABLE MENTIONS – $2,500

ELEMENTARY/K-6

SCHOOL

PROPOSED IDEA

Bonner Springs, Edwardsville and Delaware Ridge Elementary

Down & Dirty – The Science of Urban Farms

Briarcliff Elementary

Brain-E

Cedar Creek Elementary

GloZone

Crestview Elementary

Recycle City

Hazel Grove Elementary

Healthville

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy

One World One Well

Valley Park Elementary

Listen!

SECONDARY/7-12

SCHOOL

PROPOSED IDEA

Bode Middle School

H2Oh!

Belton High School Freshman Center

Maglev Magic

Blue Springs High School

A Journey Inside the Human Body

Drexel High School

Brain Surge

Olathe East High School

Head to Toe

Pleasant Hill Middle School

Robots in Medicine

Rockhurst High School

3-D Printing in Modern Medicine