The Raytown Challenge Program, consisting of over 40 talented students, has won the grand prize in the Battle of the Brains competition by Burns & McDonnell. As a result, they were awarded a $50,000 grant and the opportunity to collaborate with STEM professionals from Burns & McDonnell to transform their robotics-themed exhibition concept into a $1 million exhibit at Science City in Union Station.
The exhibition, called “Riveting Robots,” is a source of immense pride for the students involved. They had the chance to interact with the professionals who would be responsible for building their exhibit and contribute ideas for design and improvements. It is a rare occasion for students to witness how their ideas come to life in a tangible and impactful way.
The staff at Science City has shared that the Riveting Robots space will be a unique experience in Kansas City. The exhibition consists of eight interactive pieces, including Robothespian, Gripper Display, Mission: Code, I-Sight, Race a Robot, Co-Operation, Build a Bot, and Lace ‘Em Up. These exhibits aim to engage visitors in various aspects of robotics, from programming and problem-solving to teamwork and creativity.
An impressive feature of the Riveting Robots exhibition is that more than half of Science City’s 92,000 square feet of space has been created through the Battle of the Brains competition. This longstanding competition, which began in 2011, has involved the participation of over 6,400 students in its most recent cycle in 2021.
The achievement of the Raytown Challenge Program in winning the Battle of the Brains competition and collaborating with professionals to bring their robotics exhibition to life is a testament to the power of nurturing young talent in STEM fields. It serves as inspiration for aspiring innovators and showcases the impact that young people can have when given the opportunity to showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills.
– KCTV News – “Kansas City’s Science City Showcases Its New Attraction”
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