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Raytown School District Challenge Students Named as Finalists in Battle of the Brains Contest

A team of students in the Raytown School District’s Challenge program, housed at Westridge Elementary, were selected as top 20 finalists in Burns & McDonnell’s Battle of the Brains competition.  As part of the competition students designed a science center concept using their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills. The competition inspires students to think big and encourages teamwork, collaboration, and critical thinking with a real-world STEM challenge.

A record 7,250 students in 50 local school districts entered Kansas City’s largest STEM competition, in which schools can win grant money and a chance to inspire the next $1 million exhibit at Science City.

Finalists will win a portion of a $155,000 grant to use toward STEM education. The grand prize-winning team will receive a $50,000 grant, along with the opportunity to work alongside Burns & McDonnell and Science City STEM professionals to transform their winning idea into a $1 million permanent exhibit at Science City. Over the years, students in the competition have inspired five exhibits now on display at Science City.

In addition to the judges’ evaluation, public vote accounts for 30 percent of the final selection. You can place your vote at beginning Friday, Nov. 15 through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. The Challenge program entry is titled Westridge Elementary: RoboRevolution.

The grand prize-winning team will be revealed at the awards ceremony on Dec. 4, 2019, at Union Station.

For more information about Battle of the Brains, visit