A sixth-year pupil at Dalziel High School has landed one of the UK’s most prestigious national science and engineering awards.
Calum Friel was crowned runner-up in the intermediate science and maths category of the National Science + Engineering Competition.
Calum received his prize at an awards ceremony in Birmingham last week after the judges were impressed with his brilliant project, which saw him developing a rapid method to isolate high density lipoproteins.
This type of cholesterol is a significant predictor of cardiovascular disease and it is hoped that being able to significantly decrease the time taken to isolate it will give a faster diagnosis.
Calum researched the development of the technqiue during a summer placement at a Glasgow hospital.
The result was announced at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair – the UK’s largest celebration of science and engineering for young people, at The NEC, Birmingham.
At the Fair, Calum’s shortlisted entry was showcased to over 75,000 visitors before he came face-to-face with a panel of top judges in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style pitch process.
As well as being awarded the title of runner-up, complete with £500, a medal and a certificate, Calum also hopes he has helped to put Motherwell on the map as a region of rising young talent.
He said: “The National Science + Engineering Competition has taken me on an amazing journey.
“I always had my sights set on winning a big prize at The Big Bang Fair so it feels incredible to have achieved runner-up in the intermediate category.
“The best and most important discoveries and inventions are down to science and engineering, and this contest has helped me to realise that I want to be a part of that in the future.”