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Schoolboy wins award for working out the best way to break bones

An schoolboy’s lunch-time experiments into how bones break has landed him a top UK award.

Alex Dry, from Abergele, has picked up a Crest prize from the British Science Association.

Alex Dry

The 15-year-old, who is about to sit his GCSEs, spent his midday breaks at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan’s science labs, looking at how animal bones fractured under force.

He has previously won a Crest award for research into colour blindness and is planning to make it a hat-trick with his next project, on toxicology, which he will start when he moves into the school’s sixth form.

Alex’s latest research, for the Crest silver level, looked at bone abnormalities, degeneration and traumas and included a report that took 70 hours to write.

I looked at bones and worked out an equation, which took several hours, to show what force is needed to fracture certain bones.

I actually got pig and cattle bones from a butcher’s shop and conducted experiments in the school science laboratories at lunch times.

Dr Dale, my biology teacher was always on hand to offer advice and check my work. It was quite a long project and my report ran to 59 pages but I did enjoy it.

– Alex Dry

Alex says he plans to study medicine at university with the hope of going on to become a surgeon specialising in trauma or orthopaedics.

Alex’s biology teacher Dr Gemma Dale congratulated him for all his hard work.

Alex will, I’m sure, be an A* GCSE student for biology and other subjects - he is focussed and determined and I’m sure he will achieve all he what to achieve.

He worked independently on his project and I offered only very limited advice and checked his calculations, all of which were right anyway.

Everyone at the school is very proud of his achievements.

– Dr Gemma Dale, Alex's teacher