Television quiz show filmed at science centre

2016-11-03 06:00
=A total of 36 kids aged 11-16 from schools throughout the region last week gathered in Uitenhage at the Nelson Mandela Science & Technology Centre to take part in the Genius workshop and quiz knockout.                                Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=A total of 36 kids aged 11-16 from schools throughout the region last week gathered in Uitenhage at the Nelson Mandela Science & Technology Centre to take part in the Genius workshop and quiz knockout. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Nelson Mandela Science & Technology Centre in Uitenhage hosted the Eastern Cape’s smartest kids who went head-to-head in the regional heats of Nickelodeon’s Genius educational television programme.

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

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 its school.

The two qualifying teams from EC will 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 11-16 from schools throughout the region, last week gathered in Uitenhage at the Nelson Mandela Science Centre to take part in the Genius workshop and quiz knockout. It is 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% deserved to get through. Although only two teams could be selected, all children 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, 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).

Winners to visit NASA

The winners will receive an amazing prize: a ZAR 100 000 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.

Initial highlights of Nickelodeon’s Genius regional heats and workshops will air on NickToons (DStv channel 308) from December 2016, and the game show will air from March 2017.

  • For more information on the Genius quiz show, please log on to www.nickelodeonafrica.com, like Nickelodeon on Facebook or follow Nickelodeon on Twitter @NickAfrica using the hashtag #NickGenius.

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