Nexus

Final STEP Preparations For Cambridge Mathematics Applicants

By on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog |

On Saturday, Mia F and Conor B-H spent the morning making final preparations for their STEP 2 and 3 exams this week; their teacher, Miss  Teixeira, kindly gave up some of her free time to support these students in the closing stages of their Mathematical journey here at Camborne Science and International Academy. Both students have worked exceptionally hard over the last two years to become superb Mathematicians who have the passion, knowledge and drive to read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. We are very proud of them both for being offered places at such prestigious Universities and wish them all them best in their upcoming exams....

CSIA students fly the flag for Cornwall and the UK at International Mathematics Competition

By on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog |

In May Phoebe H & Maya M were accompanied by Nexus’ Mr Rees & Miss Perry to the Singapore International Maths Challenge. SIMC aims to provide students with the opportunity to be innovative, creative and to develop a global mindset in the pursuit of knowledge. The events puts some of the best young mathematicians in the world through their paces, while also offering exciting cultural opportunities and opportunities to make friends from all over the world.  The biennial event allows students to showcase and pit their skills in a rigorous competition in the application of mathematics. Both Camborne students embraced the challenge with determination and Mathematical skill. The challenge this year was set by a group of top Mathematical lecturers; including Professor Imre Leader, Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and industry experts. To try this year’s...

Stellar Satellife Success For Eva At Nexus

By on Jun 14, 2018 in Blog |

Eva R in Nexus 9 was delighted this week when her entry into the National Satellife Competition was judged as excellent by the organisers. Despite not winning the competition, Eva received individual feedback from the judges, who said “we all believe that [Eva’s] idea was of significant importance.” The competition organisers were so impressed with Eva’s work that one of the judges has offered to visit Nexus in the next academic year to meet Eva and to run a workshop for our students. Emily Gravestock, the Head of Applications Strategy at the UK Space Agency said: “this is not something that is being offered to other runners-up, this is only being offered to you … despite not winning, we felt that your entry was worthy of recognition.” Eva also received a certificate and a book from the UK Space Agency for her efforts. We are delighted with...

Phase Two Of Old Grammar School Renovations Begin

By on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog |

Phase 2 of the renovation of the Old Camborne Girls Grammar School began last week, with CSIA being awarded a community grant to replace the roof and to ensure the building is waterproof and fit for purpose as the new home of the Cornwall School of Maths and Science. The work is expected to be completed in time for September 2018 with the final finishing touches turning the South wing of the building into a bright, modern and exciting environment for learning. The facilities being introduced will include some much needed classrooms, some areas dedicated to quiet working and a number of small group tutorial spaces. There will also be some flexible accommodation for our growing international programme and we are having fun imagining exciting new ways that we can utilise this incredible facility, from study nights for CSMS students to astronomy sleep overs for Nexus students. We will keep...

Year 7s Up The Pace In Speed Chess Tournament

By on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog |

Year 7 students from across CSIA and Nexus took part in a speed chess tournament during co-curricular this Tuesday; students played a variant of “Blitz Chess” in which each player had only 5 minutes to make their moves and put their opponent in Checkmate. There has been everything from nail bitingly close games going down to the final hundredths of a second to rapid checkmates in less than 20 seconds. Nexus holds a termly Chess tournament with weekly games where pupils pit their strategical, logical and planning skills against each other in the classic board game. Maybe we have a future Grand Master in our...

Ben McGuire to take on country’s top Mathematicians in next round of competition

By on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog |

Following on from the excellent results from the first round of the Junior Mathematics Challenge this year; 6 students have made it through to the next rounds of the competition. Five students have been asked to take part in the Junior Mathematics Kangaroo and  Ben McGuire, Year 7 Nexus, has been invited to take part in the competitions elite second round, the Junior Mathematics Olympiad.   This level of competition is by invite only with only approximately 1000 of the 350,000 entrants from the JMC being eligible to take part. This is an excellent achievement and is testament to Ben’s superb mathematical ability and problem solving skills. He has become the first student in CSIA history to proceed through at this level and we wish him all the best in the upcoming competition....

Camborne students excel in Junior Mathematics Challenge

By on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog |

Camborne students from both Nexus and the main campus recently took part in the prestigious UKMT Mathematics Challenge at Junior level and we are pleased to announce a record breaking set of results. The competition is entered by students from top Mathematics classes from across the country and is a chance for the mathematically able to pit their skills against other excellent mathematicians in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7 fourteen students achieved a Bronze award, 7 achieved Silver and 5 achieved Gold; in Year 8 eleven achieved Bronze, 7 achieved Silver and 3 achieved Gold. Special commendation must go to Maddi Freyne, Ben McGuire, Oliver Honeybone, Gregory Eastman, Milan Leibing and Alfie Blowman for getting through to the next round of the competition. Students will be receiving their certificates in the coming weeks and the second round of the competition is held on Tuesday 12th June....

Ben Builds Selective Breeding From Scratch

By on Jun 8, 2018 in Blog |

Ben M in Nexus 7 has taken it upon himself to develop a computer programme coded in ‘Scratch’, a visual programming language, which models the process of selective breeding. Ben taught himself the principles of selective breeding in his spare time and created his programme which initially displays 10 cows of random sizes. You select two cows to breed together and the programme calculates the expected sizes of the offspring to display. As you continue you can selectively breed your cows to become larger or smaller over many generations. Ben’s programme has been a hit already and several of his teachers have asked if they can get a copy to use in their lessons. Selective breeding is often used as an introduction to inheritance and evolution in GCSE Science – it is clear that while Ben’s understanding of this concept is excellent, his ability to bring...