Three LS R-7 schools selected finalists for Battle of the Brains

Online voting available Nov. 17-24 and is 30 percent of judging

Three Lee’s Summit R-7 schools are among 20 finalists for Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, an academic competition open to students throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

from LS R-7 Schools

Schools selected as finalists are Hawthorn Hill Elementary with Mesozoic Mayhem, Lee’s Summit High School with Perfect Timing and Summit Technology Academy with Science Stadium. More information about each entry is available on the Battle of the Brains website.

All three schools are encouraging individuals supportive of their entries to vote online for their projects through Nov. 24. The public vote counts for 30 percent of the selection process. Anyone with a valid e-mail address may vote once each day on the site.

A record number 820 school teams entered the challenge this fall.

Through the competition, students have the opportunity to earn $155,000 in grants by designing an exhibit concept for Science City. Over the past few years, Battle of the Brains has grown into one of the nation’s most robust STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competitions.

The grand prize winner of last year’s competition was Mason Elementary with the school receiving $50,000 and also having their entry become the centerpiece for Union Station’s new outdoor events plaza.

The entries are judged by a Burns & McDonnell/Science City panel of experts in science, engineering and academia. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Nov. 30 at Union Station.