Nexus

New Escape Room co-curricular activity is hugely popular!

By on Oct 30, 2018 in Blog |

This week the new co-curricular activity for this half term begins. We have a variety of awesome new activities on offer – and the one that is proving the most popular is our new Escape Room. Students are working in teams to devise a series of fiendish and cunning puzzles to populate the Nexus Escape Room, which will be situated in the CSMS building. The first prototype has already been produced; a 3D printed Cryptex. Crack the code and you can retrieve the contents of the cylinder. We’ll have to make the next one a bit harder though; predictably a pair of Nexus students cracked the code of this one in under twenty minutes! Well done James P and Henry...

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...

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...