2013 FameLab Academy Students

Cheltenham Festivals launches FameLab Academy for Schools 2014

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Cheltenham Festivals has launched FameLab Academy, the schools initiative which seeks to revolutionise science communication in schools.

FameLab Academy is a competition for Year 9 students. Supported by their teachers, students prepare 3 minute presentations to explain a scientific topic in a dynamic and engaging way to a panel of judges. They will be judged on content, clarity and charisma.

The winner from each school receives a MasterClass in communication training, a work placement in a local STEM company and entry into the Gloucestershire final.

FameLab Academy raised the confidence of our students and gave them an opportunity to apply and extend their learning in science, particularly around a topic of interest to them.

Teacher from school participating in FameLab Academy London pilot 2012

Following an overwhelmingly successful pilot in Tower Hamlets, FameLab Academy is launching in Gloucestershire, the home of Cheltenham Festivals.

Churchdown School, Gloucester
Gloucester Academy, Gloucester
Millbrook Academy, Gloucester
Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham
Pittville School, Cheltenham
The Cotswold School, Bourton-on-the-Water
Thomas Keble School, Stroud
St.Edward’s School, Cheltenham

Content, Clarity, Charisma: How to give better presentations

Each school has a link Engineer from the world of academia or industry for the duration of the project. As part of their support, the engineers have created short films for use in the classroom to illustrate the 3 C’s of FameLab Academy: content, clarity, charisma.

As a teacher I focus on students ‘learning content’. [Participating in FameLab Academy] allowed students to consider how the way they present their knowledge could be perceived by their audience.

Teacher from school participating in FameLab Academy London pilot 2012

FameLab Academy is a sister competition to Cheltenham Festivals’ FameLab – the world’s leading science communication competition which discovers and promotes the best new voices in science, technology and engineering, and is currently hosted in 26 countries.

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