Friday, July 28, 2006
''With Nat Geo Junior Hunt, we are looking for the brightest, smartest and the coolest Indian kid who like books as much as sports, likes to make new discoveries, is adventurous, outgoing and ready to take on challenges,''Joy Bhattacharjya, Senior vice president, programming at the Nastional Geographic Channel said at a press conference here to announce the hunt.
Spanning across ten cities, the junior hunt will target approximately 3,64,800 kids between ten and 14 years of age in 380 reputed schools of the country. The initial shortlisting will be done at the school level where participants will be put through an innovative 'Think again' test comprising questions that will test the general aptitude and logical reasoning of children. Out of the 500 children shortlisted from each city, 20 city finalists will be selected based on selection rounds designed by iDiscoveri Education (an education partner of Nat Geo Junior) which includes games, puzzles, physical activities and thinking out of the box challenges.
These finalists will then have an opportunity to participate in a demanding array of individual and group challenges in the setting of Youreka (iDiscoveri's outdoor division) Sitlakhet campus and only four out of these 20 finalists will make it to the national finals. The lucky four will be groomed before they host their own show on Nat Geo Junior, a multi-faceted programming block on the National geographic channel that is very popular among kids.
The winner, to be decided by a reputed panel of judges, will be crowned with the prestigious title of Nat Geo Junior.
''The show is a reflection of the fact that intelligence today has expanded to include a lot more than just academic achievement,'' Mr Ashish Rajpal of iDiscoveri Education said.
The winner will not only get to host Nat geo junior shows on the channel for three months but will also receive a 'Nat Geo junior Hunt Fund' to finance his future education.
According to Joy, the Nat Geo junior hunt is the channel's endeavour to extend its popular children's block on-ground to provide and intelligent platform for kids to showcase their talents through a fun-filled learning experience.
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