Lockerbie student in Big Bang win

Harriet Graham, Big bang runner up
Harriet Graham, Big bang runner up

A Lockerbie Academy student is delighted to have been selected as the senior runner up in the science category of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

Harriet Graham’s project investigated the effect of diet on the methane emissions from cows.

More than 500 finalists from across the country were selected to show their ideas at The Big Bang Fair where ten were then shortlisted to pitch Dragon’s Den-style to a panel of VIP judges – Andrew Smyth (Rolls-Royce aerospace engineer and former Great British Bake-Off contestant), Jessica Jones (engineer and astrophysicist) and Alex Deakin (Met Office meteorologist and weather presenter).

The Big Bang Competition is an annual contest designed to recognise and reward young people’s achievements in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), as well as helping them build skills and confidence in project-based work.

Congratulating Harriet, Mark Titterington, Chief Executive of EngineeringUK, which organises the competition, said: “The caliber of finalists this year has been astounding. They’ve all shown such insight, creativity and hard work in each of their entries. This innovative project was extremely impressive, making Harriet a worthy intermediate runner-up this year. The level of entries received certainly bodes well for the future.”

Harriet said: “I worked so hard on my project, and it was a subject I really believed in, so achieving this recognition for my work when there were so many other amazing projects in the running is just the cherry on the cake.

“I am so excited about what the future might hold!”

Harriet won £250 in prize money to continue on her STEM journey as well as a trophy and certificate.