On 31 October 2016 Eastern Cape’s smartest kids went head-to-head in the regional heats of Nickelodeon’s Genius brought to you by ABSA. 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.
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 gathered at the Nelson Mandela Science Centre in Uitenhage (27-28 October) 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% 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, 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 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.