Battle of the Brains Kansas CityIt’s the start of the new school year and that means the 2013 Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition is moving full speed ahead.

The workshops are designed to help you, the educators, prepare your students for the exhibit design process. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the tools you’ll need to help you succeed and how to best incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles in your proposals.

The workshops will be at Union Station in the Town Hall Conference Room. Parking is complimentary, and food will be provided. Check out the schedule below and register here for the workshop of your choice.

Tuesday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you still haven’t decided whether you’ll participate in the Battle of the Brains competition, consider what’s at stake: a piece of a $155,000 grant for STEM education at your school and a chance to see your students’ exhibit come to life at Science City.

But the competition also brings a bigger opportunity — the ability to impact how students think and feel about STEM. The U.S. Labor Department projects job growth in STEM-related fields to continue to grow at a faster rate than other jobs in the coming decade and people in working in STEM fields earn about 26 percent more than other workers.

Visit the Battle of the Brains website to download a competition packet and to register your school group(s) today. And if you’re still not sure, join us for one of the educator workshops to learn the ins and outs before you commit. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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