Could your child be UAE's first 'Brainiac' student? New competition launched

KidZania, a children's learning-through-play destination in The Dubai Mall, has launched Brainiac, a first-of-its-kind competition to find the UAE's most gifted and intelligent students in 2016.

Held in partnership with Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), Brainiac tests students' ability to be team players, hardworking, proactive, dynamic and up for a challenge, in order prove themselves to be the 'Zmartest' in the country.

Hosted at KidZania and Dubai Ice Rink in The Dubai Mall, the competition is for UAE school students aged 8 to 11 years. Teams of five per age group will be challenged with rapid-fire questions, in order to win the grand trophy for their school and individual prizes.

Questions cover a range of subjects and all questions in each topic are appropriate for the relevant ages of the competing students. The scores from the different age groups will be added together to give an overall total for each school.

The contest also tests students' wits and presence of mind; they will need to be prepared for questions from different subjects at random times, all of which need a quick response, in order to be crowned the ultimate KidZania Brainiac.

Schools have been invited to the qualifying rounds, held at the KidZania Theatre, with English and Arabic schools competing separately.

Two schools will compete at a time in a 20-minute round, with 10 questions. The winning school from each round will qualify for the competition.

Once a school has qualified, students will compete in further elimination rounds that will also be held at the KidZania Theatre.

For the Semi Finals and Grand Final schools will be competing against each other in front of a grand audience at Dubai Ice Rink on March 11, with questions set by Hamdan University.

The emerging school from the battle of knowledge will be crowned the KidZania Brainiacs 2016.

All participating schools will receive certificates at the Grand Finale event at Dubai Ice Rink.

Students will also receive a special goodie bag with prizes provided by event sponsors SCRF and Lego. The winning schools (English and Arabic) will be awarded a grand trophy to be displayed at their school for the year. Students in the winning team will also receive additional prizes and exciting surprises.

Registration fee is Dh50 per student; up to four teachers per school will be granted free entrance. Entrance fee for spectators is Dh50 per person.

Spectating in the Final rounds at the Ice Rink is open to the public and will be free of charge - visitors can go down to cheer on their favourite school and find out who will be crowned KidZania Brainiacs 2016.

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