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Astronomy students spend the night under the stars

By on Apr 20, 2018 in Blog |

The twelve students who are studying GCSE Astronomy have been carrying out their coursework using the telescopes from Tolcarne Observatory. They have planned to carry out observations on many different aspects of the night sky, including the craters and other lunar features, Messier objects, constellations and the Lyrid Meteor shower. The night started with some cloud cover, but we are confident that this will clear over the next couple of hours.  Armed with flasks of hot chocolate and warm jumpers the Astronomy team are all set for a good night of...

Easter STEM Club gets off to a great start!

By on Apr 3, 2018 in Blog |

This morning 33 Year 5 children from all over Cornwall joined us for our Easter STEM Club at Nexus. The children tacked some really challenging Maths problems including angles, Morse code, co-ordinates, map reading and shapes to solve a Murder Mystery. They then designed and built balloon boats as part of a Marine Engineering activity; they were marked on aesthetics, speed and load bearing capacity. Last of all they created an almighty mess in the dining room as part of an Engineering Challenge. Using only marshmallows and spaghetti, the teams were challenged to produce an engineering masterpiece that spanned a distance of 30cm. The spaghetti was only 28cm long, so the teams had to come up with some ingenious solutions! Only three teams managed to support the crème egg load in the middle of their bridge – but if the laughter level was anything to go by, they all enjoyed trying...

Dr Ross from Bristol University Wows With A Big Bang

By on Mar 29, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus and CSMS were delighted to host Dr Joel Ross from the University of Bristol Engineering Department on Wednesday. Dr Ross shared with Nexus students what studying engineering is like and how engineers are working to solve some of the important problems facing the world today. Dr Ross’ lecture was engaging and he amazed the students with his demonstrations. We would like to thank Dr Ross for his time and for travelling all the way to see us....

Ollie’s Stratospheric Rise Continues

By on Mar 29, 2018 in Blog |

Ollie T’s determination to secure his future career in aerospace engineering is paying dividends. Ollie has known that he wants to work in this exciting and competitive industry since he began in Nexus and has spent this year writing letters to all the major players in the aerospace sector. Since he began Ollie has won a coveted place at the European Astronaut Training Centre for his Year 10 work experience next year. The latest amazing news for Ollie is that he has been invited to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July for a VIP viewing experience to watch the launch of the NASA Parker Solar Probe on a ULA Delta VI Heavy rocket before being given a private tour of the NASA Launch Pads and facilities. Ollie will also be able to watch the first crewed launch from US soil since 2011 as the SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon blasts off on the way to the International Space Station....

It’s competition time for the Game Designers

By on Mar 28, 2018 in Blog |

The students who have been working with Professor Colton and his team are having their final session today – and they are having a blast! They have been challenged to create a game with five levels, with a storyline to go with each level, in only 40 minutes. The games the students designed were then assessed and given individual feedback by Professor Colton – what an opportunity for our students! The students were then awarded individual prizes for their games, and the overall winner was Jermaine Rossi. We’d like to thank Professor Colton and his team from the Metamakers Institute for an amazing six weeks of fun and...