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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...

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 the 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...

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....