Narrowed down from thousands - talented children from all over the country wage a battle of epic proportions to determine once and for all - who is Australia's Brainiest Kid.
In this game - 11 and 12 years old players, from all over Australia, have their knowledge thoroughly tested, to see who can ultimately be crowned as "Australia's Brainiest Kid". Thousands of kids were examined via an online test, and the best of these were asked to attend a further supervised examination. Those kids deemed to have the greatest academic prowess were selected to attend the primetime TV heats.
The game comprises of several rounds:
Nine contestants start out by answering a series of 20 multi-choice, general-knowledge questions. The six top scorers from this round get to progress to the second round. If by the end of twenty questions there are not six clear winners - the contestants still in dispute undertake a special game called "Matching Pairs". Contestants must match up a pair of four associated items. Those contestants which are quickest at correctly matching the pairs make it through to Round 2.
To start Round 2 - the remaining six contestants play a game called "Code Breaker" to determine the all-important order of play. The players are presented with a phone dial-pad, labelled with numbers and corresponding letters of the alphabet. The contestants are shown a five-numbered code, and then presented with a cryptic clue which relates to the hidden answer. The players must determine, in the quickest-possible time, which letters are represented by the given numbers, to spell out the correct answer. The quickest players gets first choice of questions in the main game of Round 2.
In the main game - there is a choice of 12 question categories. Each contestant takes turns to pick a topic off the board, and then answer as many questions as they can on that topic in 45 seconds. Once a topic has been chosen, it cannot be picked again. Each player will, in the course of the round, attempt to answer questions from 2 categories. By the end of the round - the 3 players who have scored the most points progress to Round 3. Again, in the case where there are not 3 clear winners - a "Matching Pairs" game is played to determine the final contenders.
In the final, all-important round, the last three contestants get the opportunity to show off their speciallist knowledge, and use brain-power and strategy to ultimately achieve the highest score.
The players are presented with a memory board - containing 36 numbers, each corresponding to a single question. Of the hidden questions - there are 5 relating to each of the speciallist subjects of the contestants. These category questions are colour-coded red, gold and blue. The remaining squares hide general-knowledge questions which are colour-coded grey. The players are given ten seconds to try and memorise the location of their given special subjects. They must then take turns to pick numbers and answer the corresponding questions within the given ten second time-limit.
The intriguing part of this round is the scoring system for the questions. A correct answer to a general-knowledge question will earn 1 point. If the contestant successfully answers a question from their own special subject - they earn 2 points. However - if a player can answer a question from one of the other contestants' speciallised topic, they earn a total of 3 points. So in summary:
General Knowledge Question : 1 point
Question from own special subject: 2 points
Question from opponent's special subject: 3 points
The player with the most points after 5 questions is deemed the winner of the night - and progresses on to the finals. In recognition of this achievement - they win a laptop computer.
Of course - the winner from the final show is then crowned "Australia's Brainiest Kid", and scores a $20,000 grant, to be held in trust until they reach the age of 18 years.
There is no doubt that the kids presented on the show show remarkable intelligence, and put many of us adults to shame with their broad range of knowledge. The format has enjoyed success internationally - and it's no wonder why.
In late 2005 and through 2006 - there was a series of celebrity versions of the show - testing the brainpower of some well known personalities.