The Big Bang Competition- a journey of pride and inspiration

Mar 31, 2022

Bethan Padbury was a previous winner of The Big Bang Competition for the Senior Engineering category in 2018. She has written a blog on the Big Bang website about her experience and how it has shaped her life, and led her to taking up the role of Event Executive at EngineeringUK.

“Whilst completing my gold CREST Award, I found the Big Bang Competition because of my A Level chemistry teacher. She suggested I should enter the Competition as a goal and a checkpoint to reach in the development of my project. It’s safe to say I’m very happy she did!

“If I was to explain my experience of the Competition in 3 words, firstly I’d say exciting. It’s natural to be a little nervous about judging, I know I was but whenever I get those butterflies in my stomach, I tell myself I’m excited. It works for me and that’s something I still use now. The second word I’d choose is opportunity. The Competition is a chance to explain your work to others and engage with people who are experts in their field, it’s not something that happens everyday. That leads me onto my final word… proud. When I was presenting my project, I felt proud of all that I had achieved in my project and let my passion shine through.

“The Big Bang Competition helped me find my confidence in ways that I didn’t get from school. I felt like I could succeed in bringing my ideas to life and making something that before only existed in my head. I found out I could stand in a room of industry professionals and explain my work to them. The Competition made me feel strong and capable and I could see myself with a role in STEM in the future.”

Read the full blog on the Big Bang website.

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