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  • Mason Elementary wins grand prize in Kansas City’s Battle of the Brains
    Posted on: 2015-11-20
    Local school receives $50,000 grant and their entry will become a million-dollar exhibit at Science City
    Mason Elementary students won the grand prize in Burns & McDonnell’s Battle of the Brains, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition open to schools throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. At a ceremony held Nov. 18 at Union Station, it was revealed that Mason’s proposal, called “Not-So-Simple Simple Machines Playground,” won a $50,000 prize as the grand prize winner.
    In addition, Mason’s proposal will be transformed into a million-dollar outdoor exhibit at Kansas City’s Science City. Students in Jenny Reidlinger’s gifted classes at Mason designed the school’s entry, an exciting exploration of simple and compound machines. Students developing the proposal included Zyza Cooley, Ben Guthrie, Paden Cole, Myah Frashier, Eden Wheeler, Selah Wheeler, Bella Washburn, Julia Washburn and Reagan Parker.
    The Mason exhibit features a variety of larger-than-life machines, such as a tornado slide that looks like a giant screw, a pulley-powered zip line seat and a giant tire with an axle to perform as a merry-go-round. Visitors would test physics on seesaws and explore effort and resistance force with different levers.
    “Now the fun really begins!” said Greg Graves, chairman and CEO of Burns & McDonnell. “One of the coolest parts of winning Battle of the Brains is getting the opportunity to work alongside our STEM professionals over the next year to see their classroom dream come to life. In just a matter of weeks, these elementary students will be sitting in a meeting with our engineers, architects and construction team at Burns & McDonnell to create the next permanent exhibit at Science City.”
    Two other Lee’s Summit R-7 schools were among 20 finalists in this year’s Battle of the Brains. Longview Farm Elementary’s entry, “It’s All in Your Head,” and Summit Technology Academy’s entry, “Nature’s Fault,” each earned a $2,500 grant through the competition.
    The popular science competition attracted record participation this year: 5,300 students and 520 entries from 210 schools. A panel of experts in science, engineering and academia ranked the entries according to set criteria that ranged from creativity to interactive capability. The public was invited to cast votes for their favorite of the top 20 finalists online, which counted for 30 percent of the final scoring. This year, more than 70,000 people cast their votes online.
    “As part of our Western Expansion, Union Station is growing Kansas City’s world-class Science Center outdoors for the first time,” said George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station. “That exciting new STEM-focused space will feature this latest Battle of the Brains award-winning concept. What a thrill it will be for these students – and for all of us – to see their ideas take shape and become a real centerpiece at this historic destination. And it should not be a surprise that student-inspired exhibits from past Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competitions have ignited an energy and enthusiasm for Science City resulting in year-after-year double-digit attendance growth and internationally awarded recognition.”
    Burns & McDonnell introduced the Battle of the Brains competition in 2011 to spark greater interest in STEM education. The competition has produced three interactive exhibits at Science City, valued at more than $2 millions. Over the last four years, more than 10,000 metro students have participated in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains.
    “Students are telling us that their experience in Battle of the Brains helped them look at STEM differently. Now, those same kids are engineering majors in college,” added Mr. Graves, who points to statistics showing that in less than three years, more than 2 million STEM jobs in the U.S. will remain unfilled because there won’t be enough qualified candidates to fill them. “Our goal — our obligation — is to give kids a new perspective on STEM education and inspire them to go after their dreams. I can’t wait to fulfill my dream of hiring the first Battle of the Brains alum at Burns & McDonnell. That day, I know, is coming soon.”
  • Zebra Mussel Coatings
    Posted on: 2015-10-21
    We have the Nano Technology Coatings to keep Zebra Mussels, algae and dirt off of your boats, PWC's and lifts. Contact us at 816-703-7744 or email us to get a free estimate to protect your investments. Local Lotawana Resident and Insured. Email or Call us today.
  • Lake Lotawana – Preventing the Spread of Zebra Mussels
    Posted on: 2015-10-05
    Written by: Contractor for the Missouri Department of Conservation
    Purpose: to share information, best practices, and educational tools with community members to prevent the spread of zebra mussels and to be compliant with federal laws. Lake Lotawana members can take a leadership role in preventing the spread of zebra mussels to nearby waterways by taking three simple steps.
    1.) Clean with hot water > 104 degrees all items that have been submerged in the Lake
    2.) Drain live well and bilge
    3.) Dry using the quarantine estimator tool to get accurate drying times based on physical location & time of year. under the tools tab.
    7 Minute Presentation to learn about infested Kansas and Missouri waterways:
    3 Minute Tips to Clean > Drain > Dry Watercraft:
    Posted on: 2009-04-02
    Lake Lotawana Association
    Don Leven 816-578-4596
    Chuck Kitley 816-679-4136
    Dick Stuart 816-578-4752
    Posted on: 2014-06-07
    A full recording of the meetings as well as the minutes from the meetings are available on the City’s website:
  • Renaissance Financial New Hire
    Posted on: 2015-09-28
    Renaissance Financial hires Dalton O'Donnell as a Financial Advisor in their Overland Park, KS office. Dalton graduated from Westminster College with a B.S. in Business Administration and concentration in Management.
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