Brainiac Night

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 8:00pm - 11:30pm

Pictured: The four semi-finalists in Biz Kid$ — Three Minutes to Change the World

WXXI declares tonight Brainiac Night, and presents three programs that spotlight the amazing work of some brilliant individuals. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 8 p.m., it’s a one-hour special from WXXI's Emmy Award-winning financial literacy series Biz Kid$. Biz Kid$ — Three Minutes to Change the World follows four young people around the globe as they compete in an international contest for social entrepreneurs. Sharing their passions, as well as the joys and hardships they encountered when developing their ideas, these four semi-finalists have just three minutes to pitch their projects to some of the world’s most influential technology leaders.

Immediately following at 9 p.m. WXXI-TV presents Whiz Kids, At a time when American teens lag far behind other countries in math and science, Whiz Kids is a coming-of-age documentary that tells the story of three remarkably different yet equally passionate 17-year-old scientists who vie to compete in the nation's oldest, most prestigious science competition. Win or lose, these 'whiz kids' raise questions about class, courage, personal sacrifice, success, and failure, and in the process, learn as much about themselves as they do about science.

The evening concludes with Steve Jobs – One Last Thing at 10:30 p.m. Through interviews with colleagues and others who knew the creative genius whose innovations transformed the lives of millions, One Last Thing provides an inside look at the man and the major influences that helped shape his life and career. The program title is a play on the famous catchphrase used by Jobs at his product launch presentations.