Cordill-Mason Elementary in the Blue Springs School District received a $25,000 grant as the second-place winners in Burns & McDonnell's fourth-annual “Battle of the Brains” contest, a friendly K-12 STEM competition involving Kansas City metro schools.

Cordill-Mason's exhibit entry was called “Magical Me.” Teams from two other Blue Springs schools, Delta Woods Middle School and Blue Springs High School were among the 20 finalists and received $2,500 grants. Grandview High School was awarded the top prize of $50,000 when the winners were announced Thursday, and its students' design will be become a permanent exhibit at Science City in Union Station.

Online public voting, which this year included 75,000 votes, accounted for 30 percent of the total to determine the contest winners. Participation in Battle of the Brains included 250 schools from 55 school districts with 820 submissions. Approximately 7,000 students and 400 teachers contributed to those submissions.