Cheltenham Festivals

FameLab Academy Winners 2019

Congratulations to Arwen Borthwick-Hunter from Westonbirt School who wowed the judges with her speech on self-medicating animals. Pupils had just three minutes to impress the judges with scientific content, clarity of ideas, and that hard-to-define quality of charisma.

Runners-up were Maya Hall from Wyedean School who spoke about vertical take-off and landing vehicles, and Beth Browne from Chosen Hill School who discussed whether fish get thirsty. Alongside a telescope, piles of STEM books and money towards their school, these talented young people also won the opportunity to speak at the UK FameLab Final at Cheltenham Science Festival.

The final was judged by Jo Durrant (Events Reporter and Presenter at BBC Radio Gloucestershire), Dr Jamie Gallagher (Science Communicator) and Áine Campbell (Head of Central Technical Services at EDF Energy. The event was expertly hosted by Greg Foot, who has presented multiple TV series for the BBC and has over 25 million views on YouTube, expertly hosted the event. Each of the 14 finalists were supported by their peers in what was a delightful afternoon exploring a range of STEM topics from asteroid mining and happiness, to anxiety disorders and plastic pollution.

Over 1900 pupils from 14 schools across Gloucestershire have taken part this year. New schools for 2019 were Beaufort Co-operative Academy, Barnwood Park Arts College, Cleeve School and Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School. They joined All Saints’ Academy, Chosen Hill School, Churchdown School Academy, The Cotswold School, Dene Magna School, Rednock School, Stroud High School, Thomas Keble School, Westonbirt School, Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre who have all taken part before.

Pupils were supported by inspiring STEM mentors from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Corvid Ultra Electronics, EDF, Hartpury University, Kohler Mira, QA, Renishaw, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, and FameLab alumni.

Check out BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s episode with Jo Durrant on the 2019 FameLab Academy Final.

We would like to thank EDF Energy for their continued support of FameLab Academy.

To find out more about the project and to express an interest in taking part contact our Education team.