London International Youth Science Forum - Day nine

London International Youth Science Forum - Day nine

Youni Nip

Maybe one day I'll study in Cambridge!

Today I was lucky enough to be chosen to be in the group going to Cambridge. It was a rainy day but that didn’t ruin the mood. Cambridge was a two-hour bus ride away from imperial. Of course, waking up at six in the morning, the bus was silent ten minutes after departure (everyone was fast asleep).

We visited the Earth Sciences Department. After a lecture on plate tectonics, we were taken to the museum that hosted many of the study fossils. The amount and diversity of prehistoric life was stunning. I was also lucky enough to see the Archaeopteryx, the most ancient of all birds.

It seemed that I have developed an interest in paleontology. The world still has so many mysteries to be uncovered. They are all part of the world’s history. We should work together to preserve the history we were all derived from. Unfortunately, many fossils are damaged or lost during transport and discovery. Cambridge is a top class university because of its access to such rare items. When combined with studies, it can really help grow the interest of students towards a certain subject.

We visited the city afterwards, and despite the rain, Cambridge is very beautiful. I could envision myself there one day as an academic. But I’ll have to start working very hard from this point! As what you do today affects what you get tomorrow.

The Ichthyosaur fossil was so huge. Its eyeballs were the size of a small watermelon

The Archaeopteryx is the most ancient of birds

Godwin Law

Einstein's blackboard

Today was the Oxford/Cambridge visit day. I was chosen to go to Oxford, specifically the History of Science museum there. Having to wake up early again in the morning, we took an hour coach ride there. Upon arriving, we were given two hours of free time to walk about the city, and so we did.

I visited a local HMV store and made some purchases for myself and friends back home. It was the first day I actually got any shopping done. At least now I won’t return empty handed.

The visit to the museum itself was quite a disappointment. The whole museum comprised only three floors, with each floor no bigger than 2000 sq ft. That is puny compared to the size of the Natural History Museum! I’m sure even an exhibit at the latter houses more space than the entire History of Science Museum.

The contents of the Museum weren’t so bad, but I wouldn’t call them intriguing either. The most interesting item they housed was a blackboard used by Albert Einstein when he gave a lecture there at Oxford University. They even preserved his writings on it.

At night, my friend and I went on a little excursion ourselves to the Emirates Football Stadium, home to the Arsenal Football Club. Had we been any smarter, we would’ve realised the stadium had closed way earlier. We were therefore left to wander on the outside of the stadium. Guess my wish of stepping into a world class football stadium will have to wait!

Photos: Youni Nip & Godwin Law

To read more about the London International Youth Science Forum, visit This trip is sponsored by British Council.



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