Riveting Robots Grand Opening
On Tuesday, Sept. 19, nearly 40 RQS students and their teachers had a chance of a lifetime, helping unveil Riveting Robots, the newest $1 million exhibit at Science City at Union Station. Riveting Robots, the Raytown Challenge Gifted Program’s robotics-themed proposal, won the Burns & McDonnell STEM Battle of the Brains competition in March 2022 and earned the program a $50,000 in grant money and the opportunity to work with professionals at Burns & McDonnell to transform the space.
The win provided many opportunities for students throughout the 2022-23 school year, including hands-on experiences with engineers at Burns & McDonnell with visits to their offices and meeting with several members of their team responsible for building the exhibit. The $50,000 grant funding benefited students on numerous levels, including a student trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, the purchase of various STEM items for the challenge program, professional learning opportunities for challenge teachers, coordinating educational speakers for student assemblies, and more.
Thank you, Burns & McDonnell for this incredible opportunity and for serving as a ray of hope to our challenge program students. To the students who worked so hard to make this vision into a reality, we are beyond proud! To our school and surrounding communities – be sure to check out the exhibit for yourselves at Science City at Union Station Union Station, 30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO.