FameLab Academy Grand Final

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East London bright sparks take science to the stage

Ten finalists from across London’s Olympic Legacy Boroughs will compete in the FameLab Academy Grand Final at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London on 23 April from 2.00 – 4.00 pm, before the FameLab UK Grand Final that evening.

FameLab, in partnership with EDF Energy, launched FameLab Academy to excite and engage young people with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Following FameLab’s unique formula, the Year 10 students have three minutes to present any STEM topic to a panel of judges. Using only the props they can carry on stage, each student will be judged on the three C’s of FameLab: content, clarity and charisma. They have already battled it out against their peers in topics ranging from how long a light-year is to how lasers work and why we yawn.

The FameLab Academy Final will be hosted by Quentin Cooper, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Material World. Our judges – Timandra Harkness, science communicator and veteran FameLab judge, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, British space scientist and MBE for her services to science and education, and Alistair Linsell, chemist, comedian and science communicator—-will assess their presentations.

FameLab is the world’s leading science communication competition seeking the best new adult voices in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. Since launching in the UK as the brainchild of Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005 and with the support of the British Council, FameLab has gone global with competitions held in more than 20 countries worldwide.