FOCUS Students WIN Battle of the Brains Competition
CAIR's Focus program edged out 820 exhibit ideas to win the grand prize in the Burns and McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition. The competition is one of the biggest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competitions in the metro area and beyond.
This is an amazing accomplishment for our students, the program, and our school district. One of the things that I am most proud of is that this group is truly representative of the Grandview School District since it is comprised of students from each elementary school. It highlights our students creativity, intelligence, and diversity.This award continues to show how bright our students are and that they can accomplish anything," said Superintendent Dr. Kenny Rodrequez.
The CAIR Focus program is set to receive a $50,000 grant and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to build a $1 million exhibit at Kansas City's Science Center!
"Our goal is to not only spark an interest in STEM, but to light a fire for a career in STEM," says Ray Kowalik, chairman and CEO of Burns and McDonnell. "That's why winning the competition is just the beginning. Now, the Grandview students get a front-row seat working with our researchers, architects, construction managers, and engineers. By the time we open the exhibit, they will understand what it takes to bring their vision to life."
Grandview's winning proposal explores STEM from a human health perspective. It dives deep into a very complex topic, the brain, and uncovers how it controls literally everything we do as humans. One part of the brain tests your memory - while another regulates motor movements. The exhibit idea is an engaging discovery of how the brain affects our five key senses: taste, touch, hear, smell, and vision.
This year, participation in Battle of the Brains grew by nearly 60-percent, reaching record levels: 7,000 students 400 teachers 820 submissions 250 schools 55 school districts 75,000 online votes