Alex Bytheway has spent a great deal of #time4chem over the years, doing chemistry as a hobby, and carrying out outreach activities.
My love of science began in year seven when I was first introduced to the subject of chemistry by my teacher, Mr Jordan. He was a fan of fiery demonstrations and had a passion for the subject.
Mr Jordan hosted a lunch-time science club for a select few of his year ten pupils and he invited me to join. The discussion was diverse and we were not restricted to the curriculum. We spent one session remotely controlling a telescope in Chile, thanks to an education project allowing schools to book time to use it.
Over time my ambition to fulfil a career in chemistry was born and I began to perform my own experiments at home, using the contents of various kits that I had been given for Christmases and birthdays. The contents of these kits did not take me far, so at my dad’s suggestion we started purchasing 'real' laboratory equipment and chemicals online.