Brentwood student reaches final of national science and engineering competition

A Brentwood schoolboy has been selected to compete at the UK finals of a science and engineering competition after his exciting project caught the eye of judges.

Alex Lockyer, a Year 10 student from Brentwood School, will now take his place in this year’s finals of The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.

Alex has been announced as a finalist with the project entitled Can A Computer Software Programme Alleviate The Symptoms Of OCD? His project was inspired by his search for a way to help a sufferer of OCD and was intrigued by an app developed by a team of scientists to tackle obesity, as the approach seemed to be one that could be applied to OCD symptoms.

He used programming software to create a personalised six-week programme that would expose his subject to his triggers and teach him not to respond physically to them.

Dr Hilary Leevers, chief executive, EngineeringUK, said, “Alex really impressed the judges with his project and we’re excited to see how he does at the UK finals. It is a huge achievement to progress to this stage of the competition and Alex should be incredibly proud.”

Alex will find out if he is a successful winner on June 23.

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