London student Danish Mahmood won first prize in science fair contest

One London high school student is celebrating an impressive victory at a science fair like none other.

Danish Mahmood, a Grade 9 student at Central secondary school, took home first prize at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Tallinn, Estonia last month - writes

He beat out 146 student from 41 countries for one of three first prizes, which included a cash award of more than $10,000.

Inspired by his own experiences in a hospital waiting room, Mahmood created a clip-on wireless sensor that monitors a person’s vital signs, like blood pressure and heart rate, and transmits the information to a computer.

It could help medical professionals in hospital emergency rooms or when an ER is swamped by a mass-casualty incident, he said.

Mahmood made a prototype of his device for about $25, tested his device and compared it to results on commercial machines.

The European Union award is the second major one for Mahmood this year.

The Grade 9 student took home a gold medal at a Canada-wide science fair in Regina this spring.

His prototype won best junior project and a $4,000 entrance scholarship to Western University if he ultimately chooses to go there.

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