FameLab Academy is a sister competition to Cheltenham Festival’s FameLab, the world’s leading science communication competition which finds and mentors young STEM researchers to share their stories with the world.
FameLab Academy is a schools’ initiative that challenges Year 9 and 10 students to communicate a topic of their choice in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). In 2020, the Fogarty Foundation were proud to be an inaugural partner of FameLab Academy Australia.
The national finals, held in Perth, showcased some of the country’s brightest minds as they told science stories in just three minutes, with no props, no jargon, and no PowerPoint. Three West Australian schools and 11 amazing students participated in the pilot year of this project; Cecil Andrews College, Sacred Heart College and Ashdale Secondary College. The FameLab Academy presentations were performed in front of a live studio audience at Cecil Andrews College Performing Arts Centre in Armadale and live streamed for free.
I enjoyed being with ‘fellow nerds’ and being able to inform others on a topic that I really enjoyed learning and researching about. I loved learning about everyone else’s topic and the whole vibe of the day was supportive and relaxed. It really helped my self-confidence and public speaking.
In partnership with the Fogarty Foundation, FameLab Academy is brought to life by the Foundation for the WA Museum.
For more information visit the FameLab Academy website.