Nexus to launch UKMT mentoring

By on Jul 9, 2019 in Blog |

Starting in September, Nexus students will be offered mentoring in Mathematical problems solving by Nexus’ UKMT mentor Mr Rees. The mentoring scheme provides sets of challenging and engaging problems each month to help young people develop their problem solving skill and is open to students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The programme lasts throughout the year with new challenges each month and is open to any student who is keen to improve their problem solving and mathematical reasoning skills. Each month students will receive a sheet containing a range of maths problems tackling as many of the problems as they can over the course of the following three weeks, consulting with their mentor as they wish for advice and hints. At the end of the three weeks students will submit their written answers and will meet in a group with their mentor to discuss strategies and learned skills. The aims of this...

Nexus sweeps the board with three awards at Greenpower

By on Jul 8, 2019 in Blog |

Yesterday a team of 10 Nexus students from Years 7 to 9 travelled to Predannack airfield near Mullion to compete in the Greenpower Regional Heats. Taking their electric car “Nexus One” out onto the track for the very first time against schools from all over the South West region, our team exceeded the high expectations we all had of them. The Nexus team were taking part in the F24 Kit Car category for 11-16 year olds, all driving cars made from a ‘rolling-chassis’ kit. They would be driving at the same time as the F24 Scratch cars (built from scratch including the chassis) but not competing directly against them. The day started early, leaving Nexus at 7am to arrive at Predannack in time to unload and prepare the car for a rigorous scrutineering which checked every aspect of the vehicle and drivers for safety. A team briefing followed where the racing and track rules were laid out for...

Professor Richer’s Star Formation Lecture

By on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to host John Richer at Nexus for a lecture last week who is a Professor of Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. Professor Richer enthralled the students with stories about his research into star formation. He talked the students through one of the biggest problems to face astrophysicists which is that if you want to get more and more accurate images of distant stars and galaxies you need larger and larger telescopes. In fact to get the most detailed images you would need a telescope 12 kilometers wide! He also explained how physicists have managed to solve this problem by using lots of smaller telescopes working together. The audience asked lots of questions of Professor Richer and he has no doubt inspired many of the students to find out more about this amazing field.

Conservation Science and Tropical Islands

By on Jun 18, 2019 in Blog |

We were delighted to welcome Dr Chris Kaiser-Bunbury to Nexus this week to give a lecture on his research into biodiversity and conservation science on tropical islands. Dr Kaiser-Bunbury spends a lot of time on the Seychelles, specially working on the Aldabra Atoll, the second largest coral atoll in the world. He inspired our students with images and stories of the wonderful ecology of this fragile ecosystem and shared some of his extensive research into how to keep these places safeguarded for the future. We would like to sincerely thank Dr Kaiser-Bunbury for his excellent lecture, and for answering so many questions from the audience.

A life in a multinational – careers and opportunities working as an actuary

By on Jun 18, 2019 in Blog |

What is an actuary? What do they do? Who are KPMG? What is it like working for a large multinational company? These are just some of the questions answered in the recent lecture by Eoin Seager, Senior Actuarial Manager at KPMG. The talk started with background into the world of actuarial sciences and included an engaging demonstration  of pensions calculations and lifelong planning with one of our own students; we learned how saving a little now can have a massive impact on our future financial health. Eoin also spoke of his journey into actuarial sciences and his training with KPMG and shared the experiences he has had throughout his career and the benefits of working for such companies. We are very hopeful that some of our own students may consider following in Eoin’s footsteps and joining the world of actuarial and finance and as part of the school’s enterprise links we are looking...