Nickelodeon’s Genius finalists announced

2016-11-09 06:00
< WHIZ KIDS: The winning teams celebrate their victory at the Eastern Cape Nickelodeon Genius heat held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre in Uitenhage. The teams are headed to the next leg of the TV quiz show.   Photo: SUPPLIED

< WHIZ KIDS: The winning teams celebrate their victory at the Eastern Cape Nickelodeon Genius heat held at the Nelson Mandela Bay Science and Technology Centre in Uitenhage. The teams are headed to the next leg of the TV quiz show. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Eastern Cape’s smartest kids went head-to-head in the regional heats of Nickelodeon’s Genius Quiz Show.

After a gruelling two days of maths quizzes, science experiments and problem-solving tasks, teams from Grey High School and DF Malherbe in Port Elizabeth made it through to the next leg of the TV quiz show.

Heading onto the next phase of Nickelodeon’s Genius are Ethan John, James Smith and Christian Davidson from Grey Primary School and Brad Spies, Gareth Pienaar and Daniella Recchia from DF Malherbe High School.

Each team has won a R50 000 ABSA MegaU bank account as well as a donation from Cambridge Publishing of R10 000 worth of books for their schools.

The two qualifying teams from the Eastern Cape next appear in the Nickelodeon Genius TV game show, where they will square up against teams from all over South Africa.

A total of 36 kids aged between 11 and 16 from schools throughout the region gathered at the Nelson Mandela Science Centre in Uitenhage on October 27 and 28 to take part in the Genius workshop and quiz knockout, designed to test their maths and science know-how to the limit as part of the joint initiative between Nickelodeon and ABSA.

“All the kids in EC showed resilience and spirit. The competition was very tight, but our two finalists really knew their stuff and 100 percent deserved to get through.

“Although only two teams could be selected, every child who took part should be extremely proud of themselves. We are super-stoked for the winning teams and cannot wait to see them take part in the finals,” said Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director for Nickelodeon, Africa.

Nickelodeon’s Genius is powered by ABSA MegaU and supported by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The winners of the competition will receive an amazing prize: a R100 000 ABSA MegaU account for each member of the winning team and an unforgettable visit to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA, where the winners will eat lunch with an astronaut and a trip to Universal Studios.

The winning schools will receive books and educational material worth R30 000, courtesy of Cambridge Publishing.

For more information on the Genius quiz show, log on to www.nickelodeonafrica.com.

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