London called our students out of bed yesterday morning and nobody failed to answer it. A bit of rain might have made the ground damp but it certainly hadn’t dampened our students’ spirits. Breakfast was filled with speculation for the day ahead and as soon as the last plate was empty everyone rushed off to collect coats, bags, and packed lunches.
The excitement persisted throughout the coach ride with students excitedly pointing out landmarks to their friends as they passed them on their way into the city.
The Science Museum was our students’ destination for the day, and they spent the morning in its phenomenal Wonderlab. With over 50 interactive exhibits, shows, and demonstrations, the students were able to experience science with their whole bodies. From walking through starlit models of the solar system to testing out friction slides to watching real lightning striking, there wasn’t a disinterested face to be found.
It was only with the promise of returning after they’d eaten that the students were able to drag themselves away from the museum to Hyde Park for lunch. Our students loved the chance to eat and play some sports in the open air – and so did some of the London pigeons who were after any dropped crumbs!
Then it was back to the Science Museum to explore all the areas they hadn’t seen in the morning. The students were lucky enough to visit the Science Museum during its summer of space festival, a collection of exhibits celebrating all of humanity’s history in space. No matter their home country, the students were all captivated by the story of man’s quest to reach the moon. Those in the cohort with more scientific minds were equally fascinated by the predictions of how space travel might evolve and grow in the future.
All in all, it was certainly a thought-provoking and engaging visit for our students, and not one they’re likely to forget soon!