Nexus Open Evening the busiest yet!

By on Sep 26, 2017 in Blog |

It was a pleasure to meet so many parents, carers and children at the Nexus Open Evening last night. We had the biggest turnout ever and were delighted to be able to share information about Nexus and the Gifted STEM programme with parents of children in years 5 and 6, as well as parents of children already in secondary school considering whether a move to Nexus is the right choice for their son or daughter. Details were given about the Nexus Assessment dates for next year – we can only assess a child for the Nexus programme once they have a confirmed place at CSIA. The Assessment Day next year is on Saturday 24th March 2018. If you would like further details about the assessment process, or to order some sample assessment materials, please click here.  

Chair of Education Committee at the Royal Society visits Nexus and CSIA

By on Sep 22, 2017 in Blog |

We have been delighted over the past two days to be hosting Professor Tom McLeish, A Professor of Physics from the University of Durham. Professor McLeish also chairs the Education Committee at the Royal Society. He has come to see the outstanding practice in research and STEM provision at the school. On Thursday afternoon he gave a fascinating lecture on the Medieval Science of Light to Nexus 7, 8 and 9. Max B from Nexus 7 commented “It was amazing to hear how well developed Science was in the Medieval period. I didn’t know they were so interested in Science back then!” Ben McG from Nexus 7 said “I was really intrigued by the lecture. I was stunned that the Professor’s team discovered that 800 years ago, someone understood about how three different colours of light could come together to form all the colours we can see.” Professor McLeish commented that he had given a similar lecture...

CSIA Open Evening at 5.45pm on Monday 18th September

By on Sep 15, 2017 in Blog |

Come and find out what makes CSIA such an extraordinary place to learn. CSIA Main campus, Cranberry Road, Camborne.

A day amongst the stars for the girls at STEM Camp!

By on Aug 2, 2017 in Blog |

On the last day of the STEM Summer Camp for girls the participants were treated to a day of Astronomy with Dr Grant and Mrs Kim Mackintosh. The girls first found out all about the Sun, and how it isn’t as serene as it first looks. They then learned about comets and asteroids, and used the microscopes to find their very own micro-meteorites to take home with them. Students then took part in a ‘Stargazing’ tutorial, so that they can take their own family stargazing – the perfect activity for a Summer night! The Summer Camp finished with a presentation event for the girls and their parents, where their achievements over the past few days were recognised. 100% of the parents would recommend the Summer STEM Camp to other parents. The parents said: “It was obvious our daughter had really enjoyed the camp when she said “it’s even better than...

Chemical Mystery at STEM Summer Camp for girls

By on Aug 1, 2017 in Blog |

Wow! What a fun-packed day of Chemistry at the STEM Summer Camp for girls today! The day began with some games, of which the new favourite is  ‘Giants, Wizards and Elves’. In the first STEM session of the day, the girls made a pH column in the Rainbow Fizz activity. The girls showed real skill in handling the chemicals and using the equipment.   After a break the group made their own indicators with vegetables – they found that red cabbage was the best, making an indicator that made distinctive colours with an acid, an alkali and a neutral solution. This afternoon the girls were getting to the bottom of a mystery at Hogwarts. Who had poisoned Dumbledore? The girls used flame tests on samples from the suspects’ shoes to find...