Monday, May 14, 2018

‘Human Calculator’ Apoorva Panidapu competes in semifinals of NBC game show ‘Genius Junior’



Math whiz and her teammates are out to win the title on series hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

San Jose teen Apoorva Panidapu gets another chance to demonstrate her super brain power in front of a national audience Sunday night when she competes in the semifinals of NBC’s “Genius Junior.”

Apoorva once again teams up with Treasure, a 9-year-old girl from Florida with a photographic memory, and Sebastian, a 12-year-old New Yorker with a passion for architecture and music. Together, they dub themselves “The Fast and the Curious.” Their team will take on a trio called “27 Yards” on the game show.

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, “Genius Junior” celebrates the brightest children in America. Producers call it “the ultimate test of intelligence and endurance.”

“The Fast and the Curious” advanced to the semis with a thrilling victory earlier in the season. If Aproova’s trio wins the semifinal matchup, they will advance to the finals, which will play out in the second of back-to-back episodes Sunday night (7 and 8 p.m., NBC).

During initial preparations for the competition, Apoorva stunned fellow contestants with her ability to solve complicated math problems in her head with lightning-quick speed. They were so impressed that they began calling her the “Human Calculator.” Aproova, 13, is enrolled in two upper-division math classes at San Jose State. She also is a talented artist who loves to sketch and paint. In addition, plays violin in the San Jose Youth Symphony and practices kung fu.

In Sunday’s semifinals, Aproova and her teammates will be challenged to memorize the various sections of the Titanic for the Human GPS round, before taking on Number Cruncher, Talking Dictionary and Memory Master challenges. Apoorva has been designated the “Super Brain” for her team.

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