6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Business & Professional Life today CLICK HERE

Pate’s Grammar School wins FameLab Academy Final 2017

PUBLISHED: 13:50 19 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:54 19 April 2017

EDF FameLab Academy Gloucestershire Finals 2017 at EDF Barnwood (c) Martin Bennett

EDF FameLab Academy Gloucestershire Finals 2017 at EDF Barnwood (c) Martin Bennett

©Martin Bennett

Sriram Iyer from Pate’s Grammar School beat 1,500 other Year 9 pupils in Gloucestershire to win the coveted title of FameLab Academy Winner 2017

Sriram had just three minutes to explain a scientific topic of his choice and was judged on his presentation’s content, clarity and charisma. Runners-up were Josh Thomas from Wyedean School and Sydney Davies from Dean Close School.

Thirteen Gloucestershire schools competed in the science communication competition organised by Cheltenham Science Festival and held at the EDF premises in Barnwood. Each school held heats for all their Year 9 pupils and chose one pupil to represent their school in the final.

Subjects ranged from normal teenage concerns like spots, hormones, anxiety and dreams to Life on Mars and the secret superpowers of geckos.

Schools taking part for the first time in the 2017 Academy were: All Saint’s Academy, Dean Close School, Stroud High School and Westonbirt School. Returning schools were, Chosen Hill School, The Cotswold School, Dene Magna School, Millbrook Academy, Pates Grammar School, Rednock School, St Edward’s School, Thomas Keble School, Wyedean School and Sixth Form.

The competition was expertly compered by Blue Peter’s Science Guy Greg Foot who has hosted multiple BBC series and racked up more than 10 million YouTube hits answering curious questions.

The judges were:

Jo Durrant, BBC Radio Gloucestershire presenter

Jonny Brooks-Bartlett, data scientist at News UK

Gwen Parry Jones, OBE, Generation Development Director at EDF Energy

The winner received £250 for himself and £250 for his school. The two runners up received £75 of STEM books. The prizes were presented by Ali Mawle, Director of Education at Cheltenham Festivals. All the contestants received a £25 Cheltenham Festival voucher to encourage them to attend events and activities at the Science Festival in June.

Over 1,500 students took part in FameLab Academy in 2017 and every student was given the opportunity to achieve a British Science Association CREST Bronze Award and learned about potential careers in the STEM industry.

Sharron Pearson, Education Manager at Cheltenham Festivals, said: “FameLab Academy is now in its third successful year in Gloucestershire and the competition has gone from strength to strength. We are delighted that 13 schools from around the county have taken part this year. All the teachers have encouraged their students to find a topic they are really interested in. Students have extending their learning and have developed their communication skills and their confidence. FameLab Academy really encourages students to understand how STEM subjects are relevant to their lives and their futures, as well as being a fun challenge.”

STEM mentors from industry came from EDF, Versarien, University of Bristol, University of Surrey and Renishaw. The relationships formed between the schools and the STEM mentors continue to flourish once FameLab Academy has finished for the year.

Bob Fenton, Head of Communications for EDF Energy Generation said: ‘FameLab Academy is a great thing to be part of. It’s great for imagination and it’s great to see so many young people inspired to participate as science and engineering are fundamental to everyday life.

‘Supporting education is really important to EDF Energy, and the opportunity to be part of Cheltenham Science Festival is a significant part of us reaching out in to the wider community.’

Watch the FameLab Academy video below:

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

Yesterday, 13:00

Helping clients through divorce, separation and disputes over children, we talk to 8 divorce lawyers in the Cotswolds

Read more
Yesterday, 11:12

We’ve some extraordinary, and inspiring, women in business in the Cotswolds. We talk to 7 female trailblazers in local industry who offer the business advice they’ve lived by

Read more
Wed, 16:26

Swan Lake. We know the music, we know the iconic imagery of the beautiful ballerina dressed as a swan, but I’m guessing that without reading the libretto in the program, most people don’t know the story. Which is why the audience relies on the dancers to tell us.

Read more
Wed, 11:00

Tom and Louise are being joined by other new academic appointments that have been made as part of the RAU’s £2.5 million initiative to help meet the future needs of the land management and agri-food sectors

Read more
Wed, 10:46

“To win this prestigious award is a real compliment to the wider team in Renishaw’s manufacturing services operation, particularly when we consider the achievements of the other excellent shortlisted companies.”

Read more
Tue, 17:16

Stepping up to receive the world’s first MBA Leading Business degrees at the ceremony were Sarah Bryars, Chief Executive of Target; Luke Freeman, Joint Chief Executive of MF Freeman; and Linsey Temple, Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Engineering Training

Read more
Tue, 17:04

“I am thrilled to see InfoSec People win this fantastic award which is a testament to the brilliant team we have built in the past few years.”

Read more
Tue, 16:36

After a stress-free shopping experience browsing designer brands this Christmas? Look no further than the luxury offerings of Mailbox in Birmingham

Read more
Tue, 10:24

This year sees the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ original picture book The Snowman. With three performances of the animated film – with live orchestra – coming to Gloucester Cathedral next month, we thought we’d catch up with Rachel Whibley, managing director of Carrot Productions (and occasional snowman), to find out more...

Read more
Mon, 14:10

It’s the season of terrible puns, magic lamps, and generous genies: Aladdin, the all-new panto at the Everyman, has been written by none other than legendary Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan, and stars everyone’s favourite clown, Tweedy. The Barnard family from Nailsworth - mum, dad, Harriet (12) and Lewis (6) - made a Wishee (Washee) for tickets; grabbed their car (Window Twan) keys; and dashed off to see A Ladd In Cheltenham

Read more
Mon, 13:45

Crispy, frosty days and perhaps even a dusting of snow, winter is a magical time in the Cotswolds. If you’re thinking of tying the knot during this beautiful season in the region, here are six winter wedding ideas to help you start planning your special day

Read more

Christmas in the Wilson household is a heartwarming, traditional family affair

Read more
Mon, 13:15

Tracy Spiers takes an impressive, if hypothetical, budget on a shopping spree in Cheltenham’s independent stores

Read more
Mon, 13:09

Veganism is the latest food trend to hit the Cotswolds but it’s something we can all enjoy a bite of

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search