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Dawson makes the Connection in Swansea!

Jacks Lyndon, Dawson Edwards and Mo Comfort (Waterstone's Cafe) Picture by Dale Thalrose Despite the distractions of Wales' Six Nations Grand Slam decider, shoppers in Waterstones Swansea were treated to a taste of Mensa at a special promotion event on Saturday. Mensa Cymru publicity officer Jacks Lyndon, regional officer Sam Hill and member Dale Thalrose spent the day talking to people about what Mensa does and about the supervised IQ test sessions held in South Wales. Puzzle sheets and...

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...

Applications open for the Mensa Mentoring Scheme

The deadline for the current intake has now passed. Please look out for further announcements in future. Could you mentor a Mensan? Applications are currently being taken for the Mensa Mentoring Scheme. The application may only take five minutes, but it could change someone's life. 'Gifted' children are different, and difference can be wonderful. However, it can also be isolating, baffling and unasked for. A child may find themselves unable to relate to their peers, unable to understand their...

Do you have a Child Genius in the family?

Do you have a young bright spark who needs a bit more challenge to keep their brains occupied? Wall to Wall Media is searching to find the UK’s most brilliant young minds aged 8-12 to take part in Channel 4’s Child Genius competition. Does your child constantly astound you with his or her mental prowess? If you are a family experiencing the joys and challenges of parenting a gifted child, the producers would love to hear your story. To get a flavour of what the competition involves, the latest...

Celebrating those who go Above and Beyond for children with potential

Adam Rafael Holmes celebrates his Above and Beyond award Amazing children and the people who help them achieve their potential were celebrated at the inaugural Above and Beyond Awards presentation at the ICC in Birmingham. The awards, backed by many organisations including British Mensa, acknowledge the teachers, parents, support staff, education settings and businesses who go the extra mile to help exceptional children and young people to fulfil their high learning potential. They also...

Season's greetings!

A Merrry Christmas and a happy New Year from everyone at British Mensa. The Mensa office will be closed from December 24 to January 1 inclusive. All correspondence, test bookings and shop orders will be processed when the office re-opens at 9am on Wednesday, January 2.

Smart families sought for new quiz show

The makers of a new BBC family quiz show are seeking bright contestants to take part. Production company Label 1 has created a new show which will test all aspects of intelligence - logic, reasoning, communication, memory, strategy and more. Family teams of two adults and two children aged nine to 17 are now being sought to take part. If you think your family is quick-witted, inventive, inquisitive and creative enough to take the prize, visit http://label1.tv/apply to apply. For more...

Awards for those who go Above and Beyond for bright sparks

Children and young people who are bright beyond their years do not always receive the support they need or appropriate recognition for their achievements in the face of barriers. British Mensa is delighted to be supporting the inaugural Above and Beyond Awards to celebrate the parents, teachers, support staff and other professionals in the UK who go ‘above and beyond’ to help exceptional young people achieve their high learning potential, regardless of age or background. They also celebrate the...

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...

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