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2019-2020 Research and Development Forum

Saturday, May 2, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Shawnee Mission West High School
8800 W. 85th Street, Overland Park KS 66212

Highlighting SMSD S.T.E.A.M. Innovative Student Projects
Science  *  Technology  *  Engineering  *  Arts  *  Math

Grades 2-12

What is the Research & Development Forum?
The Research & Development (R&D) Forum has five defined areas that students in grades 2-12 may enter. R&D Forum entries may receive one of several types of awards, including trophies, scholarships, and/or ribbons based on the level of the awards. 


May 1st (Friday)
4:00 pm-6:00 pm - Drop off projects at SMW High School

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Judging of projects

May 2nd (Saturday)
8:00 am - Regnier Judging
9:00 am - 3:30 pm - Interactives and Exhibits Open to the public
4:00 pm -  Awards Ceremony/Reception/ Pick up Displays 

Science and CTE Project Pick Up:  Students are responsible to pick up all displays on Saturday, May 2nd between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Shawnee Mission West High School.  Entries that are not picked up will be returned to the Center for Academic Achievement. 

To arrange for project pickup please after May 2, please call:
Science:    Joni Kelsey       913.993.8653
CTE:          Mary Hedrick    913.993.8728

All projects not picked up will be discarded on May 15th.  

Art Project Pick Up: Teachers are responsible for picking up artwork on Saturday, May 2 between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Students are not allowed to pick up their art entries.


R&D Forum entries may receive one of several types of awards, including trophies, scholarships, and/or ribbons based on the level of the awards. Entries may receive one or more of the following awards:

Regnier Award – ​The highest award given and named in recognition of the Regnier family.

Award of Distinction – Superior quality, merit, or skill surpassing the criteria for Grand Awards.

Grand Award – Unique achievement.  

Ribbons – Indicates levels of accomplishment. 

The Regnier Awards, Awards of Distinction, and Grand Awards are presented at the awards ceremony held at the conclusion of the annual R and D Forum in the SM West auditorium. 

Our sincere appreciation goes to the Regnier Family for 58 years of generous support for the Shawnee Mission School District R&D Forum​.

Music Performance Schedule

Schedule coming soon


R&D Forum 2019

Interactive Areas and Exhibits

RD Robotics
  • See the high school US FIRST Robotics teams square off in competition. 
  • Cheer for your favorite C02 cars as they whiz down the raceway to the finish line. 
  • Explore the wonders of science through hands-on activities.  Observe artists in action and participate in creating a masterpiece.

In order to ensure a variety of quality interactive activities and exhibits for students and their families to enjoy, support from teachers, students and community partners is greatly needed. Do you have an interactive activity or exhibit you would like to share with others? Time can range from 3 hours to full day on the day of the R&D forum.

If you would like to provide an interactive activity/exhibit or volunteer to help with the interactive activities during the R&D Forum, please contact Kim Barney. ​


Dr. Leigh Anne Neal, Asst. Superintendent   
(913) 993-6200

Kim Barney, Asst. Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
(913) 993-6200


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