Proposals among finalists for Burns & McDonnell’s Battle of the Brains

November 13, 2013 

Proposals developed by students from Summit Technology Academy, Cedar Creek Elementary, Hazel Grove Elementary and Longview Farm Elementary are in the running to become an exhibit at Union Station’s Science City through Burns & McDonnell’s Battle of the Brains.

Local teachers and students were notified Nov. 6 about their finalist selection during visits from a Burns & McDonnell teams. Summit Technology Academy is among 10 secondary school finalists. Cedar Creek, Hazel Grove and Longview Farm are among a total of 10 elementary school finalists.

The winning schools will be selected through judging by a panel of experts as well as online voting. The online votes count for 30 percent of the final rankings.

To vote for the Lee’s Summit R-7 schools’ proposal, visit between Nov. 7 and 14. Each e-mail address may vote once per category per day until 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

Students in Paul Rutherford’s engineering design and development class at Summit Technology Academy submitted an exhibit proposal called “Wright into the Future.”

The proposal from Cedar Creek selected as a finalist is called “GloZone” and was developed by students in Patti Schwartz’s fifth- and sixth-grade ASPIRE gifted classroom.

Hazel Grove’s entry, known as “Healthville,” was developed by fourth- and sixth-graders in Cheryl McLaughlin’s ASPIRE gifted classroom.

Longview Farm’s proposal is called “Tour de Forces” and was submitted by students in Barbara Noble’s ASPIRE gifted class.

Other R-7 schools submitting proposals

Several other Lee’s Summit R-7 schools submitted proposals for Battle of the Brains. Although these projects were not selected, they provided innovative learning opportunities for the students involved. Additional R-7 schools submitting proposals for Battle of the Brains follow with project name and school staff sponsors included.

Cedar Creek Elementary: “Get Ready, Get Set, Get Active” with staff sponsors Tina Miller and Melissa Hunter; and “Sugar: A Sweet Adventure,” with teacher sponsor Patti Schwartz.

Hawthorn Hill Elementary: “Muscle Mania” and “Trash to Treasure” with teacher sponsor Linda Beebe-Boring.

Hazel Grove Elementary: “Changing Seas” with teacher sponsor Cheryl McLaughlin.

Highland Park Elementary: “Project Periwinkle” and “Reaction Action,” both with teacher sponsor Donna Everett.

Lee’s Summit Elementary: “Shifting Gears” with sponsor Cheryl McLaughlin and “Move It Move It” with teacher sponsor Cheri Beall.

Longview Farm Elementary: “The aMAZEing Senses” with teacher sponsor Barbara Noble.

Mason Elementary: “Vroom! The Pollution Room” with teacher sponsor Jenny Reidlinger.

Pleasant Lea Elementary: “Sense-sational...The Science Behind the Five Senses!” with teacher sponsor Maria Kandt

Sunset Valley Elementary: “Sustain Your Imagination” with teacher sponsor Barbara Noble and “Blast Away Germs” with sponsor Maria Kandt.

Summit Pointe Elementary: “The Green Garage” with teacher sponsor Patti Schwartz.

Trailridge Elementary: “Sensational Sensatorium” with teacher sponsor Jayne Hartwig, “Build-a-Car” with teacher sponsor Pam Wining and “Think” with teacher sponsor Jennifer Kevern.

Underwood Elementary: “Allergies” with teacher sponsor Linda Beebe-Boring.

Westview Elementary: “Blast Away Germs!” with sponsor Maria Kandt, “Gem Diggity” with teacher sponsors Corinne Drummond and Tonya Buccero and “Energy Flow Mini Golf” with teacher sponsors Allison Hoffman and Mark Messner

Summit Lakes Middle School: “Ecstatic Energy,” “Brains: Concussions,” “Vision 101,” “Paralympics,” “Environmentally Friendly Transportation,” all with teacher sponsor Niki Evert; “A Happy Heart,” “Take Flight,” “Notorious Nutrition,” “Mastermind Mayhem,” “Newton’s Transportation Laboratory Energy Expedition,” all with teacher sponsor Shannon Boland; “Sustainability–’Green’ House,” “BioMedical/Health–Obesity,” “Transportation--Texting and Driving,” “Sustainability--Rooftop Garden,” “BioMedical/Health--Cerebral Palsy,” all with teacher sponsor Tamara Davidson; “Falcons–Transportation,” “Green Building Crew–Sustainability,” “Project IMBUE–Biomedical,” “Bio-De-Make-Able–Sustainability,” all with teacher sponsor Gina Johnson; “Raining Down,” “Three Worlds,” “Pollution Paths,” “What Would Water Do?,” “Fab 5,” “The Reduction Crew,” “Sweater Weather Wearers,” all with teacher sponsor Jenna Nelson.

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