Exoplanet Hunting With Dr Nathan Mayne

By on May 24, 2018 in Blog |

Friend of Nexus, Dr Nathan Mayne, visited us again this Friday to give a lecture on how astrophysicists are hunting for exoplanets – exoplanets are planets which are outside of our own solar system. Dr Mayne discussed how the ‘weather’ on so-called Hot Jupiters can give us an insight into whether conditions are suitable for life. Dr Mayne is an engaging and inspirational speaker and we are delighted that he gave up his time to come to talk to our students. We are certain that his infectious enthusiasm for his work will have inspired many of our students to find out more about astrophysics and may even encourage some to follow his footsteps and study physics at...

Jools Talks Exoplanets With Dr Nathan Mayne

By on May 24, 2018 in Blog |

Jools is in Year 12 at Nexus and as part of his Extended Project is working on the best way to identify exoplanets. This week he was given the opportunity to have a one-to-one tutorial with the Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Exeter, Dr Nathan Mayne. Dr Mayne explored Jools’ project with him and used his years of experience to offer Jools advice and guidance. Jools has taken on board all the suggestions made and will be able to reference Dr Mayne in his Extended Project write up. Dr Mayne is also the admissions tutor for Physics at the University of Exeter, and as part of the tutorial Jools gained a unique insight into the world of astrophysics at university and what he should include in his personal statement when he applies to UCAS. We are delighted that we share this close relationship with Dr Mayne and hope that we can welcome him back to Nexus...

The Stirling Engine – The Future Of Energy Generation?

By on May 24, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted to welcome Dr Adam Feldman, Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy, from the University of Exeter to Nexus for the latest academic lecture. His talk was filled with practical demonstrations of thermodynamics and he explained how the Stirling Engine, a contemporary of the steam engine made redundant by the rise of the internal combustion engine, may be about to make a comeback. Dr Feldman’s lecture was engaging and a number of the audience stayed behind to see a working model of the Stirling Engine up close. We would like to thank Dr Feldman for his time and hope to see him again at...

Software Cornwall Shows Nexus Students Future Career Options

By on May 9, 2018 in Blog |

Software development is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Cornwall. Software Cornwall is the industry body tasked with trying to raise the profile of programming in local schools in an attempt to fill the growing skills shortage. Many of our Nexus students are budding programmers and they had the opportunity to hear from Richard Armitage from Software Cornwall this week as he explained the work that software engineers do and why learning to code is such a vital skill which will make them very much more employable in the future. We were delighted that Richard came to talk to our students and highlighted some of the amazing opportunities open to them as they develop their coding skills; from work experiences placements to the Mission to Mars...

Final Future Medics Workshop Inspires Next Generation Of Doctors

By on May 8, 2018 in Blog |

On Wednesday the final Future Medics Workshop for this year was led by the Exeter University Medical School. 34 Year 7-9 students from across Cornwall took part in the workshops, experiencing various practical and theory-based lessons covering medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. The first half of the session dealt with Basic Life Support (CPR) where the students were given the opportunity to work with Annie models. We were very impressed on how focused and passionate the students were, listening carefully to ensure their practice was correct and effective.   The second half of the workshop involved an interactive quiz covering topics from previous sessions, as well as general medicine questions. Caleb Owomoyela, a third year Medical student who helped to run the session said “Students have been very good, very attentive and picked up the information so quickly, they were...

Second Maths Enrichment Seminar Hits The Right “Chord”

By on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog |

The second Y10-11 Maths Enrichment Seminar was a roaring success with a capacity attendance of students who are aiming for Grade 9 in their Maths GCSEs. The workshop gives the students the chance to learn techniques and methods to help them with the most demanding questions in the GCSE specification. The seminar was run by Mr Gareth Rees, the Maths Lead at Nexus, who said: “It is a really valuable opportunity for those students who are serious about achieving the top grade. To get a Grade 9 you have to be confident is using complex mathematical techniques quickly and accurately to solve problems. We are teaching the students who come to these seminars to tackle problems in the most logical way possible. They are developing their problem solving skills and this will give them the advantage in their exams.”

Great Reaction To Chemistry Lecture

By on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted to host Dr Jonathan Charmant from the Department of Chemistry at Bristol University. Dr Charmant outlined some of the amazing research into different areas of Chemistry at his university and gave our students an insight into what studying a degree like Chemistry might involve. By the end of the lecture the students had a much clearer idea about how ‘real’ chemistry is different to the chemistry done in school. We would like to thank Dr Charmant for coming all the way down to Cornwall to deliver this...

Philosophy Club Returns With The Big Questions

By on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog |

We are delighted to see the return of Philosophy Club to Nexus this term. Ms Perry has a jam-packed series of sessions planned for the budding philosophers, ranging from the meaning behind Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to the distinctions between a moral code based on deontological vs utilitarian viewpoints. The first session was hugely enjoyed by the students and we look forward to hearing more about their developing philosophical...