Nexus

Josie’s design rolls off the press!

By on Oct 15, 2018 in Blog |

Our 3D printer has been busy with designs that the students have produced themselves using Tinkercad software. Nexus 7 student Josie made her own design and it was printed on Friday. Josie used an image of Simon’s Cat which was converted to a format which could be imported into Tinkercad and incorporated into her finished model. A very useful technique to learn and what an amazing result for a first go! Well done Josie!

3D printer gets to grips with student designs

By on Oct 11, 2018 in Blog |

As you are aware, our after school programme at Nexus allows students to learn skills and produce and test out their own ideas. Nexus 8 student Evie has designed this Elephant using Tinkercad in the 3D printing co-curricular sessions. To have designed this after only a very few sessions is excellent work. Tinkercad might look quite basic, but by combining shapes it is fairly easy to produce something really good – well done Evie! The elephant was printed at 0.2mm layer height for speed. Evie used supports to help protect the ears and tail during printing. The elephant, even though it is only small, took 3 hours and 17 mins to print. We are looking forward to seeing more student designs being manufactured in the next few...

Nexus 8 wow with their models of DNA

By on Oct 9, 2018 in Blog |

Recently the Nexus 8 students were set a challenge; to produce a 3D model of DNA. During their lesson they were shown the model of DNA that Crick and Watson, supported by Franklyn and Wilkins, produced back in 1953. The brilliant students did not disappoint, producing a fantastic array of models of this molecule that forms the basis of life as we know it. The models that the students brought into school were in a huge variety of forms. Some students used CAD-CAM software to design and then 3D print their DNA molecules. Others made their molecules out of sweets, pipe cleaners and lolly sticks, or used origami to create the perfect DNA twisted ladder. One creative student crocheted a marvellous DNA double helix! Here are some of the creations that the students brought into Nexus today. James used clever origami to make his DNA model Fin 3D printed his model and then hand-painted it...

Inspiring Lecture by Professor Peter Vukusic

By on Oct 8, 2018 in Blog |

We were so lucky today to host a brilliant lecture by Professor Pete Vukusic from the University of Exeter. The lecture explored the way that objects and animals appear different colours, and then how some amazing animals achieve their iridescent colours. The lecture included a number of practical demonstrations, and the students enjoyed glowing in UV light, creating room-sized waves to illustrate destructive and constructive interference, and looking at samples of the incredible iridescent butterflies with which Professor Vukusic has carried out his research. An indication of the level of engagement with the lecture was given at the end, when Professor Vukusic stayed on for over half an hour after the lecture ended answering questions from the audience. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Vukusic very much for taking the time to come and work with our students...

Future Medics get ‘Hands-on’ to Learn about Resuscitation

By on Oct 3, 2018 in Blog |

The Future Medics in Years 7 and 8 had a brilliant hands-on session with Medical Students from Exeter Medical School today. The students learned how to use a mask and bag to ensure a non-breathing patient was getting enough oxygen. The students also learned about how the lungs and breathing system work, and also used a stethoscope to listen to their own hearts. The CSIA students introduced themselves at the start of the session and the Medics were surprised that many of them already had quite clear ideas of which branch of the medical profession they were hoping to pursue. Within the group of Year 7 and 8 students are two budding neurosurgeons, a student hoping to be a paediatric doctor, a future dentist and a hopeful biomedical chemist. The four medical students running the session were very impressed with the attitude of the students and their subject knowledge. “What an...

Dr Jo Foster Appointed as STEM Education Trustee For The Science Museum Group

By on Oct 3, 2018 in Blog |

The success of the amazing programme at Nexus is being widely recognised with the exciting news that Dr Foster has been appointed by the Prime Minister as a trustee for the Science Museum Group. Dr Foster said: I’m really delighted to have been appointed as a Trustee for the Science Museum Group. My role on the Board of Trustees will enable me to have an impact on the direction the Science Museum Group take in terms of their provision not only in their museums, but also in terms of outreach and resources that are available all over the country. As a teacher, I hope to be able to bring a new perspective to the Board of Trustees. The Group is very keen that the work of its teams has the widest possible impact, not only in terms of the visitors to the museums, but also more widely in the world of science education.   The Science Museum Group is the world’s leading group of science...

Medical Ethics – From Before Birth To End Of Life

By on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted to welcome Dr Richenda Tisdale to Nexus today for the first academic lecture of the year. Dr Tisdale is a former eye surgeon who now works as a medico-legal advisor for the Medical Protection Society. The lecture covered the fundamental principles of medical ethics, from the right of a patient to choose what happens to them to the rights that give Doctors the ability to prescribe medication with known side-effects. Dr Tisdale was an engaging speaker who enthused the students, especially when she posed some ethical conundrums for students to consider. We would like to thank Dr Tisdale for her time and effort in delivering this lecture....

Co-curricular Programme In Full Swing

By on Sep 25, 2018 in Blog |

The amazing co-curricular programme has been running at Nexus for the past three weeks and students are now getting their teeth stuck into all the activities on offer. Have a look at some of the exceptional activities on offer today.   Greenpower Electric Car Students have been introduced to their Greenpower Kit Car. Over the next year they will have to design, build, test and race their car against other schools in Cornwall in the regional heats. The car is powered by an electric motor and the students are responsible for the entire project.   Game Development The Game Development co-curricular is giving Nexus students the chance to learn how to code a game for a specific audience. They can choose which language to use and to create their own game rules.   Stargazing Dr Grant Mackintosh is working with our amateur astronomers to explore the solar system and beyond. At...

Amazing Turnout At Nexus Open Evening

By on Sep 25, 2018 in Blog |

We were blown away last night with the number of parents and children who visited Nexus to hear about the Gifted Programmes for our Open Evening. It was standing room only as Dr Jo Foster introduced the ethos and beliefs of the Nexus programme and shared some of the amazing things that our students have been involved in. Ollie T took to the stage to share his phenomenal journey so far in the Nexus programme, from visiting NASA to see the launch of a SpaceX rocket to his work experience next year at the European Astronaut training centre. Also on stage were Annabel and Taylor from Cornwall School of Maths and Science who talked through the opportunities available to our VI Form students. After the talk, parents and pupils were invited to have tours of the Nexus building where a number of Nexus students were on hand to show them around and answer questions about the programme. Ben M was...

Primary Gifted STEM Club for 2018-19

By on Sep 20, 2018 in Blog |

Parents of STEM-mad Year 4-6 children can bring them to have fun and explore STEM at our Primary Gifted STEM Club, which is run on Tuesdays after school every two weeks during term-time on the Nexus campus. It is a great way to meet new friends with similar interests, and is open to children from any school in Cornwall. The first session runs on 2nd October, and booking is essential. Book your child’s place by emailing Elizabeth...

Nexus Lecture Series Taking Shape For The Year Ahead

By on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog |

The Academic Lecture series is taking shape for 2018-19 with prestigious lecturers from as far afield as the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge rushing to offer to visit and share their research with our students. The next lecture will be delivered by Dr Richenda Tisdale, a former eye surgeon who is now a senior legal adviser to the Medical Protection Society. She will be exploring the ethics and laws surrounding the medical field which is sure to be enlightening for our students, especially those who are part of the Future Medics group. To book a place on this amazing lecture please email our team here. All our upcoming lectures are listed here, which will be updated frequently as more lectures are added. All of our lectures are available to any student in Cornwall in Years 7 to 11 who is a member of the CSMS Scholars’ Community. We are currently in the process of finalising...

Mandarin exam success for Nexus students

By on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog |

Students in Year 7,8 and 9 have been studying Mandarin at Nexus as part of the co curricular programme. This Summer, the whole group of nearly 20 students took their first qualification in the subject; the FCSE – one level below a GCSE. Every student passed the exam and several students achieved a Merit. Two of the students achieved a Distinction; an incredible achievement. Year 9 Nexus student Faith C, who alongside Lalita W achieved a Distinction in her exam said “I’m really pleased to have had this opportunity and I loved learning languages. I am looking forward to taking part in International trips in the next few years and using my Mandarin skills.” Faith is now supporting the Nexus 7 students who have chosen Beginners Mandarin as one of their co curricular activities this year. A big xièxiè (thank you) to our brilliant Mandarin teacher Mrs. Pauline...

Stellar Success For GCSE Astronomy Students

By on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog |

During the summer holidays sixteen young GCSE Astronomy students arrived at CSIA to collect their results from their first ever GCSE exam. These amazing students in Years 8 and 9 had worked for two years in their co-curricular time to learn everything from the features of the moon to the formation of stars. The course is demanding and aimed at students in Years 10 and 11, so for these Nexus students to be rewarded with amazing results is an exceptional achievement and testament to their hard work and determination. The GCSE Astronomy course involved a number of night-time observations of the sky which were carried out at the VI Form centre one night last year with the students wrapped up warm waiting for the clouds to clear and the perfect image to be presented. Special mention for Ollie T, Dylan F-S, Faith C, George B and Adam C who received the top grades of the group. We were...

Scientific research begins in Singapore

By on Sep 18, 2018 in Blog |

Work has begun on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology projects as part of the NJC and CSMS exchange programme. Students have set up base In NJC’s highly equipped research centre and have started their collaborative projects working in tandem with NJC students. The first task was to conduct a degree level literature review in which the students have been analysing, critiquing and evaluating scientific journals and reports to form the background to their own research. Over the next 4 days the students will be continuing their research which will be continued on their return to Camborne when the Singaporean students visit in...

Nexus STEM Careers event showcases opportunities in STEM and PPE

By on Sep 17, 2018 in Blog |

As part of our programme to ensure students are well-informed about careers open to them, we hosted an Education Business Partnership event at Nexus today. Students were able to learn more first-hand about careers as diverse as from working in engineering within healthcare to leading a construction business. Students also met with a solicitor; a career that a number of our PPE students aspire to. Some students donned Personal Protective Equipment to tour the nearly-complete ‘Phase 2’ building work on the Nexus campus and identify all the STEM career opportunities within the construction profession, which will be complete in only a few days. Others were able to drive a ‘Mars Rover’ robot that was brought along by Software Cornwall. Many thanks to Cornwall Education Business Partnership for facilitating this great and informative...

CSMS Academic Exchange Begins

By on Sep 14, 2018 in Blog |

CSMS and CSIA students have begun their travels to Singapore as part of the National Junior College and Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science project exchange programme. The students are travelling to Singapore for the first leg of the exchange in which they will team up with local students from NJC to research, investigate and explore a range of cutting edge mathematical and scientific challenges. The aim of the exchange is to take on undergraduate research in some of science and maths fastest developing fields. These investigations will be continued when the Singaporean students visit Camborne later this year. While in Singapore the students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Singaporean culture, traditions and cuisine while staying with local families. With visits to local landmarks, attractions and events the exchange programme is an opportunity for...

Department for Education praises “fantastic opportunities” at CSIA

By on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog |

Camborne Science and International Academy is proud of the superb results achieved by their students. Results in Maths and Science are particularly strong. In addition to excellent Maths and Science Departments on the main campus, CSIA’s specialist provision for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and the most able at the Nexus campus has been identified by the Department of Education as a “wonderful, innovative opportunity” for our students. We recently hosted an all-day visit from Mr. Paul Kett, Director General of Education Standards at the DfE. Mr Kett was particularly interested in the Gifted programmes on offer at Nexus and Cornwall School of Maths and Science; our VI Form provision for the most able in STEM. He highlighted the impact of the additional work that we carry out linking student learning to future careers and further study opportunities in...

Incredible Space Odyssey for Ollie

By on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus 10 student Ollie T, who plans a career as an astronaut, landed himself the experience of a lifetime after writing to a number of organisations expressing his enthusiasm and passion for space exploration. Ollie was invited by United Launch Alliance CEO, Tory Bruno, to go and visit the ‘Space Coast’ in Cape Canaveral Florida over the Summer holiday this year. The 3 week visit included witnessing two rocket launches and meeting some of the most influential people within the Space Industry; this included 7 astronauts. Ollie witnessed the launch of the historic NASA Parker Solar Probe, this was being launched on the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket. This is the second most powerful rocket currently in operation anywhere in the world. He witnessed the launch from the Atlas Spacecraft Operations Centre – at a distance of only 1.6 miles away from SLC 37B Launch Pad. Ollie was able to join...

Maths enhancement for top Year 10 and 11 students at the Nexus campus

By on Sep 12, 2018 in Blog |

The CSMS Scholars’ community is delighted to once again offer Grade 8 and 9 enhancement sessions for the mathematically gifted from across Cornwall. The sessions are open to both students in Year 10 and 11 but those in year 11 will be given priority as they benefit most from the high level Maths being covered in the sessions.  The event is entirely free and being hosted by the Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science here at our Nexus Campus in Camborne. To maximise the impact of these sessions we have increased the series to 8 sessions over the academic year as below, we would hope that those who sign up would attend each one. The sessions run from 6-7.30pm at CSMS and booking is essential.   Wednesday 26th September 2018 Wednesday 31st October 2018 Wednesday 28th November 2018 Wednesday 30th January 2019 Wednesday 27th February 2019 Wednesday 27th March 2019 Wednesday...

Printing the future at Nexus

By on Sep 12, 2018 in Blog |

We’ve recently taken delivery of our newest piece of technology; a 3D printer. The printer is being used for the 3D co-curricular club; students are designing and making their own products, and we also plan to print a Nexus chess set with some familiar Nexus faces adorning the pieces. Today the printer is occupied with a rather self-interested task; it is printing its own spotlights for the 3D printing display...

Final Co-Curricular Session Of The Week Begins With A Birthday

By on Sep 6, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus students had their third day of orientation today, with the opportunity to complete any homework they have received in the first week. During tea time we also celebrated our first birthday of the year. Nexus 7 sung happy birthday to Isabel who turned 12 today. She had also brought in some cake to share which disappeared very rapidly after Mr Chapman had figured out how to cut it into 45 pieces. Some of the older years used their time to delve straight into their favourite activities, including Ben M who wrote a simple computer game that helps you to guess a mystery number between 1 and 1 000 000! Don’t forget that there is no co-curricular programme tomorrow, with students leaving either the Nexus campus or main campus at...

Nexus Orientation Day Two

By on Sep 5, 2018 in Blog |

It’s been another busy day for students on the Nexus Gifted Programmes today. After a day packed with lessons at the main campus, the students met for tea in the school dining room and caught up with the new friends they made yesterday. All of Nexus 7, 8 and 9 then gathered in the Hall and met with Mr. Kenworthy. They then completed online profiles and made their co curricular choices for the first half term. From Mandarin and Chess to 3D printing and being on the Greenpower racing car team, there’s something for everyone! Nexus 10 students also made good use of their co curricular time. They began work on their Further Maths GCSE with the Maths Lead at Nexus Mr. Gareth Rees. This additional qualification which is offered to students at the school who are very able at Mathematics gives a firm foundation for Maths A level as well as supporting students to gain the highest...

Nexus 7 shine on their first day

By on Sep 4, 2018 in Blog |

We have had a stellar day today with our incredible new Nexus 7 students. We are delighted to be welcoming two new Nexus 7 groups; Nexus STEM and Nexus PPE, and we have our biggest ever intake this year, reflecting the popularity and success of the Nexus Gifted Programmes. As well as meeting their new Tutor groups, they had their first taste of lessons at Nexus, and learned about some of the awesome co curricular opportunities available to them this term. During their Orientation session after school they were reminded about the Nexus values; Believe in yourself and others; plan for success; be proactive; persist when things are difficult and take responsibility for their learning. All the students showed these qualities today – a brilliant...

Looking forward to tomorrow!

By on Sep 3, 2018 in Blog |

We’re so excited to welcome our Year 7 and Year 9 students to CSIA and Nexus tomorrow, Tuesday 4th September. As it is the first day of term, Year 7 and 9 students will start the day at CSIA Main Campus so that they can participate in assembly and Tutorial time with their Tutor group. We will then transport the students across to the Nexus Campus for the rest of the day, and they can be collected from Nexus at 4.45pm or walk home. Year 8 and 10 students start school on Wednesday 5th September. Both Year groups will start the day on the main campus, and Year 10 will be bussed across to the Nexus Campus after P1. Year 8 will remain on the Main Campus and can be collected from there at 4.45pm or walk home. As promised, here’s the outline of the first week again as it is a little complicated! Any queries, please don’t hesitate to call us or contact us by email....

High fliers secure their A-Level places at Cornwall School of Maths and Science

By on Aug 23, 2018 in Blog |

Congratulations to all the students from Camborne Science and International Academy and from schools all over Cornwall who have had such success in their GCSE examinations. Many able students have secured their place to study at CSMS on the Nexus Campus and we can’t wait for them to start the next part of their educational adventure with us in September! If you achieved excellent grades in your GCSE Sciences and Maths and want to study your STEM A-Levels at the top STEM provider in Cornwall, get in touch; there are still a few places available for September 2018. Contact reception@csms.co.uk...