19 Nov 12

“FameLab Academy UK” competition launched in London schools

Famelab is partnering with EDF Energy to develop FameLab Academy – a new project for secondary schools which aims to excite young people about STEM subjects.


Famelab is the world's leading science communication competition which seeks to find the best new adult voices in science, technology and engineering. Since launching in the UK as the brainchild of Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, Famelab has gone global, and competitions are now held in more than 20 countries worldwide.


FameLab Academy will launch with a pilot project in London in early 2013 which will be delivered by education experts Tower Learning. Six heats will be held in schools across the London boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Greenwich, Waltham Forest and Newham. Each school will enter at least ten Year 10 students, with each student receiving training, support and mentoring to prepare for the competition.


The competition will follow FameLab's unique formula - with each student having just three minutes to present to a panel of judges any STEM topic of their choice. With no PowerPoint presentations, but just the use of props they can carry - each student will be judged on the three ‘c's of FameLab: content, clarity and charisma.


All school-competitions will end with a final in front of parents, from which the winner will go forward to take part in the FameLab Academy UK Weekend MasterClass and FameLab Academy final on 23 April 2013 at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London.


Ali Stripling, EDF Energy Future Capability and Early Careers Manager, said; “We are passionate about getting young people excited about science, technology, engineering and maths. The FameLab Academy is a brilliant way to encourage students to get creative and come up with imaginative projects, with a fun competitive edge.


“EDF Energy is working hard to encourage and develop young people in these subjects. We already have good links with colleges and schools in these London boroughs through various London 2012 EDF Energy community projects and want to build on these through our involvement with Cheltenham Science Festival and the FameLab Academy project.”


As well as developing communications skills and confidence, FameLab Academy aims to raise awareness of the breadth of science, technology, engineering and maths careers amongst secondary school pupils. Following the initial pilot it is hoped that FameLab Academy will be expanded across the country.


Schools from the London Boroughs noted above who wish to participate should contact richard@towerlearning.co.uk for more information and to register their interest.



Notes to the editor:


FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK and is produced by Cheltenham Festivals. The competition has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. In partnership with the British Council FameLab now operates in more than 20 countries on four continents. Cheltenham Festivals produces world class Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals. See www.famelab.org and www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

Tower Learning Ltd provides consultancy in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) with an additional focus on the effective use of ICT to support learning. We work with organisations such as STEMNet, the Institute of Physics, the Association of Science Education, and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics. See www.towerlearning.co.uk