A student from St John’s High School, Dundee, scooped one of the top prizes at the prestigious national BA CREST Science Fair in London. The fair, held at the Royal Society on 28 February, showcases science and technology projects from students aged 11-18 across the UK.
Gurjit Singh Sidhu was awarded the International Science and Engineering Fair Prize 2005 for his project testing equipment to measure the dose of radiation that cancer cells received during radiotherapy. He has won the chance to attend the International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2005.
Gurjit did his project at Ninewells Hospital during his summer break. He approached the hospital himself after having done work experience there the previous year. “When patients undergo radiotherapy, there is currently no way of verifying the dose that they receive other than relying on the x-ray machine,” explained Gurjit. “By placing diodes at the surface of the skin above the tumour, it’s possible to calculate the dose that the cancer cells receive.”
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