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Amazing Year 5 STEM Easter Camp Concludes

By on Apr 5, 2018 in Blog |

The lucky attendees at our Year 5 STEM Easter Camp had another jam packed day of activities on the third and final day. The children had a blast investigating meteorite craters before going tardigrade hunting. All the children have had an amazing time filled with outstanding experiences and we hope that we have inspired them to continue following their passion and interest in STEM. Student feedback: “The Easter Camp was the best because we were doing fun learning!” “It was an enjoyable experience.” “It was fun and I would do it all again!” “I really liked it and I learnt a lot from it.” “I really liked the homemade indicators.” “I really liked the Easter Camp, I think it will encourage more kids to get involved like me.” “I loved playing sardines.” “I thought it was great.” “I thought...

Awesome Chemistry for Day 2 of the Year 5 STEM Easter Camp

By on Apr 4, 2018 in Blog |

Today was Chemistry Day for the lucky 33 students who were part of the Nexus Year 5 Easter Camp. They started their day with some wake-and-shake activities lead by Mr Chapman which seem to involve lots of throwing paper around and raucous laughter. The first activity gave theĀ children the chance to get hands on with some chemicals. They were provided with a variety of household chemicals, from orange juice to hand soap, to test whether they were acidic or alkaline. The children were introduced to the idea of the pH scale and shown how to measure pH using universal indicator paper. They were then challenged to produce a ‘Rainbow’ column using a mixture of acid, alkali and universal indicator solution. The second workshop saw the children back in the lab for another hands on practical activity. They were challenged to create their own acid-alkali indicator solution using red...

Game Development Co-Curricular Reaches Final Level

By on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog |

Professor Colton and his team from the Metamakers Institute came to Nexus today to deliver the final workshop in their Game Development co-curricular activity. This amazing club has been running for six weeks and the participating students have been shown how to develop a mobile gaming app from the initial ideas stage right the way through to producing a working product which underwent Beta testing today. The students have thoroughly enjoyed developing their games and the experiences and skills they have learnt will ensure they are able to compete in a crowded industry. Who knows, perhaps the next game to top the App Store will be made by a student who has been inspired by this opportunity! We would like to thank Professor Colton for bringing his experience and expertise to Nexus and sharing his enthusiasm for coding and game development with our...

Exeter Medical School Run Future Medics Workshop

By on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted to play host to Exeter Medical School at Nexus today for the latest Future Medics workshop. Students from Years 7-11 were put through their paces by the team from Exeter University. The opportunity to hear from current trainee doctors gave our students a unique insight into what this career path may hold for them. Many of the students in the workshop have plans to become Doctors, so this was an amazing chance for them to get more information and to quiz the medical students on their experiences. We are delighted to have forged such a strong link with the Medical School at Exeter and look forward to the next Future Medics...

Mining Lecture By Dr Wetherelt Was A Blast

By on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog |

Today Nexus played host to Dr Andrew Wetherelt, Senior Lecturer from the University of Exeter. Dr Wetherelt gave a fascinating lecture to students from Nexus and across the county who are members of the Scholars’ Community. Dr Wetherelt introduced some of the planning and mathematics that goes into designing the best way to blast rocks in mines efficiently and most importantly safely. His lecture was very interactive, with students carrying out some mathematical calculations to decide on the appropriate size of a bore hole to be filled with explosives. Dr Wetherelt then shared some examples of how things can go wrong – including photos of quarry workers’ cars being destroyed by flying rocks after a poorly designed blast. The talk culminated in Dr Wetherelt sharing videos of increasingly dangerous quarry explosions, much to the enjoyment of the audience. We would like...