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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...

STEM Summer Camp for girls starts with a bang!

By on Jul 31, 2017 in Blog |

The STEM Summer Camp for girls started today, with 27 girls from all over Cornwall joining us at Nexus for STEM fun and games. We began by getting to know each other with some ‘icebreaker’ activities, then our friends from the Royal Navy led the girls through two workshops. We were very pleased to be joined by Lt. Helen Forster, Leading Hand Ana Roberts and Lt. Cdr. Niky Wallace. During the first workshop, the participants learned how a jet propulsion engine works, and then designed and tested rockets, which we set off in the Nexus playground. Next, the students learned about wing shapes and created helicopter blades. The girls also made obstacle courses for the other teams to try. After lunch, the girls took part in an Engineering challenge, where towers made from marshmallows and spaghetti were marked according to their design, their height and their weight-bearing...

Nexus Astronomers show their star quality

By on Jul 18, 2017 in Blog |

Yesterday, some of the students who study Astronomy as one of the co-curricular activities at Nexus attended the Space Weather Symposium at the University of Exeter. The students attended conference sessions delivered by Dr. Maria Weber (Stellar magnetism and habitability) and Dr. Gabby Provan (Northern Lights) as well as presenting their own work to the judges, who were all professional astronomers and academics. The workshops were truly stimulating and exciting; students were showed how the Northern Lights are formed, and were able to see this in action through some incredible experiments. The students had entered an academic poster into the poster competition. The first group, of Ben W, Jack B, Dylan F-S and Holly R submitted a poster on ‘Life without the Sun’. Cian O, James B, Jake L, Adam C and Sibile G had researched Solar Exuberances. Both groups were highly praised...

Fantastic end to exhilarating three day RVC Summer School

By on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog |

What an incredible few days! An exhilarating experience for the students involved – one parent commented “My daughter has loved this opportunity and has gained so much confidence and knowledge. It was so lovely to see her buzzing about her day, learning so much and excited about the next day. Thank you!” We’ve put lots of the pictures from the three days into this short video. If you’d like to see what they have been up to, click here!   If your son or daughter will be in Year 10, 11 or 12 next Summer and would like to take part in the 2018 RVC Nexus Summer School, please contact reception@nexuscsia.co.uk