About Canada’s Smartest Person Junior

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

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Based on the grownup version of the competition show, over six weeks, 12 remarkable Canadian kids showcase their smarts in fun and spectacular challenges across six categories: physical, musical, social, linguistic, logical, and visual smarts. In this entertaining and action-packed series hosted by Kim's Convenience star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, young competitors battle for the coveted title of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior while the whole country cheers them on.


If you believe there's more to intelligence than IQ, you're not alone. We now know that people can be smart in a number of different areas. It's called The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. On top of the usual math, logic and language smarts, you can be smart in music, in physical movement, in visualization abilities, and even in your dealings with other people. All of us have different abilities, talents, and strengths, in different categories of intelligence, and in different combinations. Recognizing the unique way you think, learn and solve problems can help you realize your full potential at work or play. Perhaps more importantly, it can help you realize that you're smarter than you ever thought you were. So... how are you smart?



Words, words, words... it's how you use them that counts in linguistic intelligence. If you can talk your way out of a jam, write an excellent complaint letter, or read assembly instructions (and understand them!), you've got linguistic intelligence. Writers, scholars and journalists have strengths in this area. Linguistically gifted people include William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and Northrop Frye.



Even if you've never run a marathon or captained a sports team, physical intelligence means you can get your body to do what you want it to, whether you're moving your little finger or whole body, acting onstage, shooting a hockey puck, or performing surgery. Babe Ruth, Rudolf Nureyev, and Maurice Richard had this kind of intelligence in spades.


If you can enjoy music, can carry a tune, tell if someone is singing flat, or tap out a rhythm, you've got musical intelligence. This kind of intelligence is strong in musicians and exhibited by people such as Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Glenn Gould.


If you can draw realistic images or navigate a mall after looking at the directory once, you've got spatial smarts and visual intelligence. This kind of intelligence is about seeing the world in pictures and being able to visualize and manipulate objects inside your head. Artists, designers and architects have lots of visual smarts, as exemplified by people like Pablo Picasso, Yousef Karsh, and Emily Carr.


Have you ever looked at the expression on a stranger's face and known exactly what he or she was feeling? If you have, did you know exactly what to say to make things better? If the answer is yes, you've got social intelligence, and you may do well as a social worker, teacher or sales-person. Examples of those with great social intelligence include Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Tommy Douglas.


If your friends ask you to calculate the tip or program their phone, or if you know how much 1/3 tsp turns into when you quadruple the recipe, you've got logical intelligence and a way with numbers, problems and puzzles. Logical intelligence is more developed in scientists, programmers and philosophers. Individuals with high levels of this intelligence include Alexander Graham Bell, Sir Frederick Banting, and Marie Curie.