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Equipping young people with the critical reasoning skills necessary to solve the energy, water and communications problems of the future.


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is more important than ever, given an estimated $40 trillion is needed for global infrastructure solutions over the next 30 years. Black & Veatch continues its longstanding commitment to students through the growSTEM initiative.

Our growSTEM activities are a cornerstone of the Black & Veatch Foundation and contribute meaningfully to our efforts across multiple themes of our Global Citizenship strategy.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest 2019

As the exclusive engineering partner, Black & Veatch is now recruiting teams to compete in our 2019 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest. So start a team and join the fun! The competition encourages teamwork and out-of-the-box problem solving. All you need is a good imagination and a pile of junk!

This year's task: Put Money in a Piggy Bank 

March 2, 2019 at Olathe West High School

School and youth organizations are invited to register at no cost. Registration deadline: February 1, 2019

Space is limited to 10 teams in each group. Questions? Contact Raul Filardi Jr. at or 913-458-6677

Video: 2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Partners & Programs

  • Black & Veatch is the exclusive engineering partner with Rube Goldberg, Inc. Our offices around the country are hosting annual contests

  • We partner with the KC STEM Alliance to promote STEM education and help support Project Lead the Way. Black & Veatch provides mentors and speakers, and our professionals participate on advisory boards.

  • Black & Veatch supports STEM studies with Major League Soccer franchise Sporting Kansas City. The partnership supports summer camps for middle school students with appearances by Sporting Kansas City players, stadium tours, and help from Black & Veatch mentors and engineering experts.

  • The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at the Johnson County Central Resource Library includes free access to 3-D printers, a robotics kit, a soldering and electronics workbench, equipment for audio and video recording and editing, and specially trained librarians to help guide visitors.

  • As the Museum at Prairiefire’s Global STEM Partner, Black & Veatch and the museum create opportunities for interactive, STEM-based experiences. The partnership creates awareness of global career paths in engineering and science. 

  • We're a member of WISE, which enables and energises people to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in the UK’s STEM workforce, from classroom to boardroom.

  • Black & Veatch participates in Future City, a project-based learning experience for middle school students. We mentor FIRST Robotics teams, helping students compete in an international high school robotics contest that fosters project management and communication skills.

  • The Explorer Post is a program sponsored by Black & Veatch as part of Learning for Life of Kansas City. The program exposes 14-to-19-year-old students who are interested in STEM to the various disciplines of engineering through presentations, hands-on activities, engineering tours, and community service events supported by Black & Veatch. Check out the registration application and activity schedule.

  • Black & Veatch teams with KCPT Channel 19’s education department to provide STEM mentoring sessions to fifth graders in Kansas City-area elementary schools.