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:...

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...

Nexus Success in Mathematics Challenge

By on May 24, 2019 in Blog |

Camborne students from both Nexus and the main campus recently took part in the prestigious UKMT Mathematics Challenge at Junior level and we are pleased to announce another year of record breaking results. The students have outdone themselves once again and received the highest number of certificates in the school’s history.  This set of outstanding results is testament to the drive, passion and determination for Mathematical problem solving shown by our excellent students. The competition is entered by students from top Mathematics classes from across the country and is a chance for the most mathematically able to pit their skills against other excellent mathematicians in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7 eight students achieved a Bronze award and two achieved Gold; in Year 8 twenty achieved Bronze, fifteen achieved Silver and six achieved Gold. Below is a table showing...

Is There Science In Art? The Difficult Question Explored In Lt Cdr Fuller’s Lecture

By on May 21, 2019 in Blog |

Can art be scientific? Is there some underlying logic to what we find beautiful? Steve Fuller, a member of the Royal Naval Reserve at RNAS Culdrose and committed artist, certainly thinks so. From the Golden Ratio to the use of mathematical shapes in paintings, Lt Cdr Fuller gave an impassioned argument that art can be inspired by, and improved with an eye on the scientific method. Our students were taken through numerous examples of where science and art meet and Lt Cdr Fuller showed some of his own works where his clever use of maths and science had led to successful pieces. We would like to thank Steve for his time and effort delivering this exceptional lecture to our students. Hopefully a number were inspired to pick up a paint brush and have a go at creating their own science-based masterpieces.