Alex wins first ever ChemNet award
14th October 2015

A budding scientist at Rydal Penrhos School has received a prestigious award for his services to Chemistry.

Alex Bytheway, a Year 13 pupil at the school, has been awarded the first ever ChemNet Reactivity Award, which was given to him on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The honour caps off a busy few months for Alex, who took part in the four-week Nuffield Project at Bangor University during the summer, where he beat out 300 applicants to earn his place.

In addition to the project, the 17-year-old was given the opportunity to visit the Sellafield Nuclear Reactor in Cumbria, which is the home to all the UK’s nuclear weapons.

Alex said: “Security there was very tight and there were rifles pointed at you wherever you went, but despite that it was a very informative and inspiring visit.

“Not many people get the chance to visit such a high-profile site and I was grateful for the opportunity, one which I learnt a tremendous amount from.”

Following the Sellafield trip Alex also got the chance represent the UK on a visit to CERN, a 27km particle collider in Geneva.

He also got to head inside the CERN Control Room and take part on a study that is examining what particles produce dark matter.

“The trip to CERN was another amazing experience and it was a great honour to be representing the UK at such a prestigious place,” added Alex, who has recently been appointed a STEM Ambassador for Wales.

A STEM spokesperson, said: “STEM Ambassadors use their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects.

“They open the doors to a world of opportunities and possibilities which come from pursuing STEM subjects and careers.”


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