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Fun days for bright sparks and training days for teachers!

Activity workshops for children and training seminars for teachers are again on offer as part of British Mensa's innovative partnership with the Westwood Academy. The sessions will all be held at the academy in Coventry. Activity days are separated by age, and the first three - one each for four to six-year-olds, seven to nine-year olds and 10 to 12-year-olds - are available to book now. Parents of children booked on the activity workshops are also invited to a free seminar run by Mensa's...

Did you get the answers right?

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our World Intelligence Day competition. The winner of the Carlton Books bundle will be announced in due course, but here are the answers to the puzzles: GIBE is to TAUNT as BADINAGE is to: A. Prank, B. Repartee, C. Pleasantry D.Witticism, E. Joke Answer: B Mr Smith went on vacation to America. He liked New York, but not Maine. He liked Colorado, but not Wisconsin. He liked Nevada, but not Chicago. He liked Dallas, but not Michigan. Did he like Idaho?...

Win a bundle of Mensa books!

Today is World Intelligence Day - and it's Mensa's 72nd birthday! To celebrate, we have joined our friends at Carlton Books to offer a bundle of Mensa puzzle books in a birthday competition. All you have to do is answer three puzzle questions, which will be revealed throughout the day, and email your answers to news@mensa.org.uk before midnight tonight (October 1). You can also enter through our Facebook and Twitter feeds - just search for @BritishMensa The first question is: GIBE is to TAUNT...

Calendar Challenger is back!

The ever-popular Mensa Calendar Challenger puzzle-a-day desk calendar is now available to pre-order. Calendar Challenger always sells out, so order now to avoind disappointment! Featuring a difficulty graded puzzle for every day of the year, the calendar has become a must-have for puzzle fans everywhere. To pre-order now, for shipping from mid-September, simply click here .

What type are you?

Who joins Mensa, the high IQ society? What makes them do it? And are you the kind of person who is more likely to apply? Lots of people think they “know” what very clever people are like. Some say they are clever introverts seeking conversation or social misfits seeking justification for their 'oddness'? Others will claim that Mensa members are elitists who just want to wave their IQ certificates around in a show of superiority – while having absolutely no common sense, of course. In truth,...

Could your bright spark be a Child Genius?

Do you know a child who is fascinated by fossils, besotted by barometers or curious about calligraphy? The search is on for remarkable youngsters to take part in the next series of Channel 4's hit series Child Genius. Some of the country's smartest eight to 12-year-olds will battle it out through tough rounds of spelling, mental arithmetic, memory and verbal reasoning in a bid to claim the title. Mensa's gifted child consultant, Lyn Kendall, is an expert psychologist on the show and oversees...

Autism and employability in the spotlight

Dr Anna Remington The employability of people with autism was in the spotlight at an exclusive Mensa event in London. Auticon, a recruitment consultancy which actively seeks to find opportunities for autistic people, hosted the packed event at The Foundry in London. The company has identified the unique value of highly intelligent people who think differently, and spotted that the same issues that can be seen as ‘problematic” when dealing with autism can also make for exceptional workers who...

Think you've taken a "Mensa" test?

Many websites and social media apps claim to be "Mensa" IQ tests but they have nothing to do with us. Taking these tests is good fun, and many have very good content, but the scores they generate can't be verified. There are currently NO online IQ tests that can qualify you as a Mensa member. The only way to qualify for membership is to achieve a qualifying score on a supervised, standardised test organised by Mensa, or through a recognised qualifying test administered by a psychologist. The "...

Mensa on the BBC

Mensa archivist Ian Fergus was on the BBC WOrld Service's Witness programme this morning, talking about how Mensa was formed 46 years ago. The programme also includes some fascinating archive recordings of former president Victor Serebriakoff talking about the early days of the society and how it developed into the international organisation of today. A link to the programme is available here

Derek and Marjie's epic trip for Mensa anniversary

Derek and Marjie Sellar at the Glasgow AG in 2014 He won’t exactly be walking 500 miles, but Mensa’s Scottish officer Derek Sellar is planning an epic journey to celebrate the society’s 70 th anniversary. Derek, from Glasgow, has set himself the challenge of visiting every city in Scotland within 24 hours on October 1, 70 years after the first official Mensa meeting in Oxford. With his wife Marjie, who is also a Mensa member, Derek will cover about 560 miles on a journey that takes in Glasgow,...

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