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Battle of the Brains: Young ideas come to life at Science City

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Union Station's Science City wants children to design their next exhibit, and the winning design has a huge prize for the school they attend.

Student groups are signing up now for the Battle of the Brains competition where schools can earn a piece of a $155,000 grant. It is supposed to spark a lifelong love of science, learning and discovery.

"We are asking schools to get students together and basically create the next exhibit that we will put into Science City," Union Station's Executive Vice President and COO Jerry Baber said.

Union Station and Burns and McDonnell, a local engineering and architecture firm, hold the competition to get students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

"That is where the job growth is. That is where the future jobs, five to 10 years from now, are. The stats are very clear that you will be much more advantaged if you pick a career in there," Baber said.

The U.S. Labor Department projects that 15 of the 20 fastest growing jobs next year require significant math or science knowledge and people in those fields earn about 26 percent more than other workers.

"This is a way to really touch a community," Baber said.

Burns and McDonnell will split $155,000 amongst the top 20 designs. The winning entry will earn a place in the museum for its exhibit and also $50,000 for the school.

"So the submission says, 'How would you use this?' Would you buy computers? Would you add resource labs? What would you do in your school if you won it to further your students' ability to learn," Baber said.

The competition allows students to have the tools they need to dream, discover and create.

Students in 18 counties across Missouri and Kansas can sign up.

Those interested have to sign up by Friday. You can find out more about the competition here.

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