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On The Red Dot 2017

On The Red Dot 2017 - EP42

Fri 2 Mar 2018 - Wonderkids 1: The 8-year-old Computer Whiz
23 Min

By Channel 5 Published: 02 Mar 2018 Audio: English

Four children with four exceptional gifts – a computer genius, a violin virtuoso, a star gymnast and a math marvel. What is it like to be one in 100,000 or even one in a million ? From friendships gained and families uprooted, it’s a fragile balance between pursuing their potential and not losing their childhood innocence. What hidden sacrifices do these wonder kids and the people around them make to fulfil their grand ambitions ? We go behind the glamour of awards and achievements and find out what it truly means to be a child prodigy. In this episode, Seth Yee loves computer games. But unlike other 8-year-olds, he’s fluent in three programming languages and his IQ sits at the top one percent for children. But his gift comes with a price and his parents have to leave Singapore for Australia in a bid to develop his social skills and keep his brilliant mind interested and focused every day.

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