Swindon Schools invited to join new FameLab Academy initiative

By Jamie Hill - 19 October 2023


The organisers behind Swindon’s successful Festival of Tomorrow are inviting local schools and STEAM professionals to sign up for an exciting initiative which aims to turn the tables on science communication to schools in Swindon and Wiltshire.

The team have joined forces with Cheltenham Science Festival to deliver the first ever UK regional pilot of their science communication initiative for secondary school students, FameLab Academy.

FameLab Academy (FLA) is the sister competition to FameLab - the largest, public-facing science communication competition and training program in the world. Developed by Cheltenham Festivals, FameLab has been hosted in 35 countries.

FameLab Academy is the schools’ version for Year 9 students. The programme aims to develop young people as science communicators by increasing their scientific knowledge and building their confidence and communication skills.

In the competition, Year 9 students, supported by their teachers and a STEAM Mentor from the world of academia or industry, will prepare a three-minute presentation to explain a scientific topic of their own choice in a dynamic and engaging way to a panel of judges.

The winner from each school will receive a Masterclass in science communication training to help them perfect their performance ahead of the Swindon and Wiltshire finals, to be held in March 2024.

Rod Hebden, Festival of Tomorrow Director said:

“We’re delighted to be able to bring FameLab Academy to schools in Swindon and Wiltshire. Whether you’re into art, programming, science, maths, engineering or if just really like performing; FameLab Academy gives all Year 9 students a chance to shine. It’s a brilliant initiative that’s already inspired thousands of students in Gloucestershire, so we can’t wait to see what Swindon and Wiltshire students bring to the finals in March 2024.

Participating Schools will receive all and resources they need to take part, including FameLab Academy and science communication training for teachers.

The organisers are also keen to hear from local STEAM professionals who would like to help inspire students by volunteering as a mentor for a participating school.

To find out more and register interest, schools and prospective mentors should contact [email protected]

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