New exhibits at Science City inspired by students

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are two new exhibits at Science City, which were inspired by students that allow you to play with water and test out your dancing skills all in the name of learning.

Water games, mini tornadoes, and an Archimedes screw – Science so fun you don’t even know you’re learning. These projects are the results of the Battle of the Brains competition. This year, there are two winners. Leawood Elementary explores DNA in the “Genetics: Unlock The Code” exhibit.

“Everyone is .1% different. We're just trying to figure out what that .1% is,” said Ben Randall, a fifth grader at Leawood Elementary.

At the exhibits you can test out your footwork and even take selfies to better understand your own gene makeup. Olathe North dives into water conservation with a water exhibit called “Every Last Drop.”

“You can't go a single day without being in interaction with water,” said Marisha Madhira, a senior at Olathe North High School.

It breaks down H2O and our everyday use.

The contest encourages science, technology, engineering and math. It inspired about 3,500 students to compete.

“We can talk to each other, we can lift each other up, we can fix each other’s mistakes and make us better as a whole,” said Triton Wolfe of Olalthe North High School.

Students worked closely with engineers at Burns & McDonnell to turn ideas and sketches into real life exhibits; an experience of a lifetime.

“You can't really describe it, it's just really awesome,” said Randall.

The two schools won a $50,000 grand prize each. Eighteen other schools were also recognized with cash awards.

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