Grey Junior School and DF Malherbe High through to 2016 Nickelodeon’s Genius Competition

BY JESICA SLABBERT - OCTOBER 29, 2016

The Eastern Cape’s brightest kids battled it out for top honours in the Port Elizabeth leg of Nickelodeon’s Genius Workshop. Kids, aged between 11 and 16 years old, from schools throughout the region joined in an interactive workshop at the Nelson Mandela Science Centre, in Uitenhage, on Thursday and Friday to showcase their inner geniuses.

Over the challenging two days, the participants had to complete a variety of challenges including maths quizzes, experiments and other problem-solving tasks.

Time was their biggest constraint, as the bright young minds - in groups of three, strategised on how to get more points than the other participants. 

12 teams competed from schools all across the Eastern Cape. There were nine teams from DF Malherbe High School, a team from Jeffrey’s Bay Primary School, Grey Junior School and Muir College Boys High School.

At the end of the two days, two teams from the Eastern Cape, one from Grey Boys Primary School and one from DF Malherbe High School, both Port Elizabeth schools, made it through to the national Nickelodeon Genius TV series, where they will go up against teams from all over South Africa.

For their efforts, each one of the two qualifying teams won a R50 000 ABSA MegaU account and R10 000 worth of books from Cambridge Publishing.

The games kicked off with a quick-fire round, where the fastest team with the correct answer would win points, the teams with the highest points out of ten then moved on to the first round.

The rounds were tense as teams tried to hit their buzzer first. The first group of the final round had Grey Junior School facing off against the DF Malherbe High School students - the Grey Junior team of James Smith, Christian Davidson and Ethan John, made short work of their opponents.

For the second group of the final round, DF Malherbe went up against a team from Muir College Boys High. This time, the DF Malherbe team of Gareth Pienaar, Daniella Recchia and Brad Spies, won.

The DF Malherbe team of Gareth Pienaar, Daniella Recchia and Brad Spies.

The ultimate winners of the national Nickelodeon’s Genius Workshop will receive 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, in the United States, where they will eat lunch with a real astronaut, in addition to a trip to Universal Studios.

The winning schools will receive books and educational material worth R 30 000, courtesy of Cambridge Publishing.

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

Main image: The Grey Junior School team of James Smith, Christian Davidson and Ethan John.