Nexus

Cricket-powered energy to help save the planet

By on Jun 7, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus students are really fired up to help to reduce the impact of climate change. As part of their recent homework, students have been asked to come up with some practical solutions to solve the problems of overpopulation and climate change. Archie and Jack have been investigating alternative sources of protein to reduce the climate impacts of farming for meat. They came across a company, ‘Eat Grub’ that promotes the use of insect protein as a more sustainable food source. The company sent through three boxes of their ‘cricket bars’ for the Nexus students to sample. We can’t wait to try them! Well done to Archie and Jack for their brilliant engagement with this project. And look out for Eat Grub bars coming to a store near you. Apparently they taste delicious (and you can’t taste the...

Greenpower car off the starting blocks!

By on May 21, 2019 in Blog |

This week saw our Greenpower team start their driver training and car testing in earnest. Although the team still have to finish off making and fitting the foam nose cone, you can see from the picture the car is now mechanically completed and sporting its school colours. We are incredibly proud of everything our students have achieved in bringing the project to this point, not only the final ten students who have been selected for the racing team, but also the almost thirty other students who have given their all throughout the year to ensure we have as good a chance as possible in this, our first Nexus Greenpower race! We have only six more sessions before the race heats on Thursday 4th of July at Predannack airfield just south of Mullion, and we have a packed schedule of training to get through but we are confident that our amazing students will deliver, as always. It is our great...

Fantastic last day of Easter STEM Camp at Nexus

By on Apr 10, 2019 in Blog |

We’ve had such a wonderful few days with some exceptional young people over the three days of Easter STEM Camp. Today the children have made fractal sculptures and explored Fibonacci, honed their debating skills discussing science and philosophy, pondering questions such as “can a robot be ill?” and added the finishing touches to their 3D designs. Also a very Happy 9th Birthday to one member of the camp! If you would like to find out more about the Gifted Programmes at Nexus do visit our website at...

A rainbow of indicators, a Maths Mystery and a bouncy investigation

By on Apr 9, 2019 in Blog |

…It must be Day Two of Easter STEM Camp! It was another exhilarating day, kicking off with an enthusiastic game of Wizards, Elves and Giants. Today the children perfected their 3D objects, made their own indicators using red cabbage and made a rainbow of colours by testing them with a variety of solutions. They also used brilliant maths to solve a murder mystery, and investigated bouncy problems with springs and elastic. Bungeeeee! A bouncy...

Sciencetastic first day of Easter STEM Camp!

By on Apr 8, 2019 in Blog |

Day one of Easter STEM Camp took place today, with fifty-two Year 4 and 5 children from all over Cornwall joining us for three days of exciting STEM-themed activities. Children used their imagination to devise clever ‘portmanteau’ words; these words are a ‘mash-up’ of two other descriptive words. Inspired by the story of Frankenstein children designed their own monster and then described it using prose containing portmanteau words. The children wrote some fantastic descriptions. “On a dreamal night in November, in a lispark, the cronster was born. It has drear ears, teeth as green as a grapple, arms as thick as a grick and lips as straight as a strake.” The children also had their first taste of 3D design; using Tinkercad to create their own models to be 3D printed. The children were hugely creative with their designs- everything from rabbits wearing...