Science City at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, is set to unveil its newest exhibit, “Riveting Robots,” which was designed by a group of students from the Raytown Challenge Gifted Program. The students won the grand prize in the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition, earning $50,000 in grant money and the opportunity to work with STEM professionals to bring their robotics-themed exhibit to life.
The exhibit, which cost $1 million to create, is a source of pride for the students, as it will bear their school’s name. The “Riveting Robots” space is comprised of eight interactive exhibits, including Robothespian, Gripper Display, Mission: Code, I-Sight, Race a Robot, Co-Operation, Build a Bot, and Lace ‘Em Up.
Science City representatives estimate that over half of the 92,000 square foot space has been dedicated to the Battle of the Brains competition. This competition, which began in 2011 and involved over 6,400 students in its most recent cycle, has been instrumental in fostering innovation and creativity among young minds in the Kansas City area.
The students had the opportunity to collaborate with the professionals at Burns & McDonnell to refine their idea and provide feedback on the exhibit’s development. This hands-on experience allowed them to see the behind-the-scenes process of bringing an exhibit to life and provided them with valuable insights into the world of STEM.
The “Riveting Robots” exhibit promises to be a unique addition to Science City and offers visitors the chance to explore and engage with various aspects of robotics. From race challenges to building their own bots, visitors will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the exciting world of robotics and automation.
– KCTV Kansas City: “Kansas City’s Science City shows off new attraction”