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Is There Science In Art? The Difficult Question Explored In Lt Cdr Fuller’s Lecture

By on May 21, 2019 in Blog |

Can art be scientific? Is there some underlying logic to what we find beautiful? Steve Fuller, a member of the Royal Naval Reserve at RNAS Culdrose and committed artist, certainly thinks so. From the Golden Ratio to the use of mathematical shapes in paintings, Lt Cdr Fuller gave an impassioned argument that art can be inspired by, and improved with an eye on the scientific method. Our students were taken through numerous examples of where science and art meet and Lt Cdr Fuller showed some of his own works where his clever use of maths and science had led to successful pieces. We would like to thank Steve for his time and effort delivering this exceptional lecture to our students. Hopefully a number were inspired to pick up a paint brush and have a go at creating their own science-based masterpieces.

Bookworms get inspired at The KYBA Book Awards

By on May 2, 2019 in Blog |

Our avid Nexus Bookworms had a fantastic day immersing themselves in the world of literature at the KYBA Book Awards. Hosted at The Eden Project, the students had the opportunity to hear from five authors shortlisted for KYBA (Kernow Youth Book Awards). The authors, including Ross Welford and Chris Higgins, gave presentations about the inspiration behind their writing, their methods in putting pen to paper and valuable words of wisdom to would-be writers. Students also had the chance to get books signed and ask questions to the authors, who gave freely of their time. Our students found the day highly inspiring and engaging. Authors were keen to emphasise the power and pleasure of reading. Ross Welford, author of Bookworms’ favourite, The 1,000 Year Old Boy, was keen to stress the symbiotic relationship between reader and writer and that the magic of a story lay in connecting with the...

Dreaming Spires of Oxford Inspire Nexus 7

By on Apr 30, 2019 in Blog |

Twenty-four students from Nexus 7 and CSIA had an incredible opportunity to visit two Oxford colleges to get a taste of university life. The day was packed with activities; the students learned more about the courses and opportunities available at university. They were amazed to find that there really is a Quidditch Club already at Oxford University and a number were keen to sign up there and then! The Nexus students were guided around Exeter College by current undergraduate students which gave them a chance to find out more about life at the university and the application process. They were treated to lunch in the great hall before being challenged in a maths workshop delivered by Dr James Munro in the Maths Department. Finally, during the plenary session students were reminded that if they want to realise their big dreams and secure a place at a top university they need to work hard,...

Drones, GPS and Glacial Lakes

By on Mar 26, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to host Tom Chudley today from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge. Tom delivered a really interesting lecture on his research into how glacial lakes drain into crevasses during the year. He shared some amazing photos of his fieldwork in Greenland which involved the use of autonomous drones to take high resolution footage of lakes. The students were amazed to hear about how the research team had to move their tents every few days to avoid the melting glacier and that some glaciers can move over 30 metres a day! We would like to thank Tom for making the journey down to deliver this lecture, our students gain a lot from these amazing opportunities.

Nexus Students Enjoy Canadian Challenges from Exchange Teachers

By on Mar 22, 2019 in Blog |

As part of CSIA’s extensive international programme we have very close links with Fort Richmond Collegiate, a Science-specialist high school in Winnipeg, Canada. Last year Mr Chapman travelled to Winnipeg to see how teachers there engage their students in enquiry and scientific research and this week we have been hosting two teachers in return. Both 7 STEM and 7 PPE have had the opportunity to experience some difficult and exciting challenges set by the visiting teachers. Yesterday 7 STEM were taught by Mr Kellough, a maths teacher from Fort Richmond, about famous unsolved mathematical problems and given the opportunity to try and figure out brand new ways of approaching these complicated issues. Today 7 PPE were put through their paces by Ms Longobardi who set up a palaeontological challenge where students had to try and work out the shape of a dinosaur from a limited number of...