According to the 2013 Global Information Technology Report, South Africa ranks second last in Maths and Science competence. With this bewildering statistic, Nickelodeon (DStv Channel 305) and Melrose Cheese are partnering up to address this matter by launching Nickelodeon’s GENIUS – an interactive and engaging campaign designed to encourage kids to become future geniuses of our country.
Schools in Johannesburg and Cape Town are invited to submit a team of three kids aged between 9 to 13 years. They will compete against each other to demonstrate knowledge, speed and precision in Maths and Science.
The winning team will win an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida. There they will visit the Kennedy Space Centre (NASA), be treated to various themed rides at the Universal Orlando Theme Park and a tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Regional heats will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town during March and June 2014, before rounding up with a Grand Final and Gala Day in Johannesburg on 14 July. The quiz begins in Cape Town at the Cape Town Science Centre on 19 April before moving onto Johannesburg at the Sci Bono Discovery Centre on 16 May.
The competition is open to all students between the age of 9 to 13 years old from Grade 3 to 7 in the Western Cape and Gauteng. Applications for the Cape Town heat are open between 14 February to 31 March 2014, and for the Johannesburg heat from 1April to 6 May.
Check out the Genius TV promo here:
For more information on the GENIUS campaign contact Lindi Davids (Tel: +27 11 428 2910/ Email: Ntokozo Sithole (Tel:27 11 428 2945/ You can download the application form and for full terms and conditions, go to

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