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...

Nexus Greenpower Racers Learn The Secrets Of Aston Martin

By on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog |

On Wednesday 12th June 10 students from Nexus travelled up to the Aston Martin Factory. The students who were selected are part of the Nexus Greenpower Racing Team who are due to race their car in the Greenpower Championships on the 4th July. When we arrived the students were greeted in reception by Nick who showed them three fantastic brand new Aston Martins. The students were able to sit in them which they all thoroughly enjoyed. We then went through the history and development of the Aston Martin showing a car which was made in 1920 through to Daniel Craig’s James Bond car in Spectre. The students then moved onto the factory floor where they gained an insight into the manufacturing and designing of these fantastic cars. We watched a variety of different stations which included leather printing, sewing the leather together for the interior, a tour of the different engines, looking at...

Thinking through morality – Gifted PPE Club

By on Jun 13, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus was abuzz with moral questions and dilemmas at the latest Gifted Primary PPE session. The children engaged with ethical quandaries – from what they would do if they witnessed a grandparent bumping another car to how they would react if they were given too much change in a shop. We then used our powers of deduction to identify the moral message of the fable of The Sun and The Wind. The children completed this fascinating session with the creation of their own fable, complete with moral message. The children exhibited great thinking and reasoning skills in a session crammed full with their imaginative...

CSMS Student Wins Kelvin Science Prize

By on Jun 11, 2019 in Blog |

Sarah Pengelly, a Year 12 student at Cornwall School of Mathematics and Science has beaten over 200 other students to become one of the winners of this year’s Kelvin Science Prize, a prestigious essay writing competition organised by the University of Cambridge. Sarah, whose essay explored the role of Einstein’s Gravitational Constant on our everyday lives, was delighted to be invited to a winners event at Peterhouse College later this month. She said: “This essay was really fun to write. I had to carefully research the Gravitational Constant and think about the different ways it impacts on our lives without us even realising!” Mr Chapman, Deputy Director of CSMS, said: “Sarah’s hard work and effort has paid off. She really deserves this award and it is great to see our students really showcasing their abilities.” The judges of the award said:...