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Student Gains International Science Experience at Prestigious Imperial College London

Year-12 student, Charlotte Scott attended the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF), which was held at the prestigious Imperial College London.

Charlotte experienced lectures and demonstrations around genetics, anatomical physics, gasses, space travel, lifesaving nanobots and much more.

At a college assembly, Charlotte described the intensity of the trip to London and the impact it had on her.

“As you all know, our school offers so many amazing opportunities in all facets of the college life, and today, I’ll be focusing on a science opportunity that I was recently able to partake in,” Charlotte said in the video above.

“The core LIYSF program was held over two weeks at Imperial College in London, one of the most prestigious STEM-focused universities in the UK.

“This year, LIYSF welcomed over 500 participants to the program, as well as 50 international mentors, with 30 of us being from Australia, all the way from Tanswell to Tassie.

“This year, over 70 different countries were represented, with the majority of us coming from the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia.

“We went on visits to leading scientific institutions, such as the Welcome Trust Genomics campus, which were the first people in the world to sequence the genome.

“We also got to watch heaps of scientific demonstrations, where ginormous balloons were imploding, gases were exploding, and everything under the sun was being set on fire.

“A particularly interesting lecture that we attended was delivered by an anatomic physicist, who was telling us about how we could make ourselves virtually indestructible with only a few minor tweaks to our physical composition.

“By slightly altering the genetic coding of our skin cells, we can make them rock solid and impenetrable, meaning that we could get stabbed and it wouldn’t even leave a scratch.

“I had such an amazing time at LIYSF, and I would strongly recommend all of the younger students who are interested in the STEM subjects to apply once they are in year 12,” Charlotte concluded.

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