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Youth Speaks Competition at Nexus

By on Jan 28, 2020 in Blog |

Nexus were delighted to host Youth Speaks on the evening of Wednesday 22nd January. This was a superb opportunity to hear a number of well-crafted speeches on a diverse range of highly engaging topics from highly accomplished speakers in Years 7 through to 9 . Striking for the Environment: Josie acted as chairperson, and facilitated an excellent proposal from Lily, who argued that the importance of prioritising the health of our environment over education until our planet is back to health. Isla responded by highlighting the importance of education in being able to fix climate problems.  Bees: Ella excellently managed Keira and Lowri’s debate over the role of bees. Keira laid the case for protecting them, highlighting how important they are for human survival, whilst Lowri focused on the pain and suffering they put people through, especially those with severe...

Superstar Crest Award

By on Jan 6, 2020 in Blog |

Enthusiastic primary school students have been attending the Nexus Gifted STEM club every Tuesday after school. Students have been learning through a wide variety of real-world STEM activities from making toothpaste, building bridges to rocket science. Well done to students from semester one who have already completed the activities required to achieve their nationally recognised Superstar Crest award! Students currently attending the semester two workshops are working impressively towards completing their awards; crafty rafts, recycling paper and surprising stains coming up...

Christmas Lunch and Lecture at Nexus

By on Dec 13, 2019 in Blog |

On Thursday 12th December the students at Nexus had their Christmas lunch. Roast Turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas Pudding or Chocolate Cake was on the menu. The students got into the festive spirit by wearing their Christmas hats, pulling crackers and singing Christmas songs. In the afternoon students attended the Christmas lecture where Mr Chapman completed a range of experiments which included The screaming jelly baby The oscillating clock A custard factory fire A potassium dichromate volcano The students who attended thoroughly enjoyed the...

Primary STEM Workshop

By on Dec 13, 2019 in Blog |

On Friday 13th December students from Trevithick Learning Academy came to Nexus to complete a workshop on the solar system The inflatable planetarium The students made planets out of salt dough and put them in the correct order of the solar system. The children got into groups to learn about how the earth rotates and the fact it can be day and night at the same time at different points on earth. The students used a torch as the sun and they stuck two sticky notes with a picture of a stick man on the globe. One at the top and one at the bottom. They would spin the globe and shine the torch at the same time to visually see the difference. The students then went into the inflatable planetarium where they could see all the planets around them and Mrs Gourley explained the different properties of each planet and different interesting facts. As the children came out they said “ That was so...

Bronze Crest Award

By on Dec 12, 2019 in Blog |

The Bronze Crest Award introduces students to project work empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians. Students choose their own topic and methodologies, giving them complete freedom over their work. Students work independently or in groups to plan and run a project addressing a real-world STEM problem.  We have a group of students at the moment enrolled on the Bronze Crest Award on a Wednesday afterschool with Ms Hall. The students are currently in the making stage of their project. The students are completing a variety of STEM based projects which include edible bath bombs, designing and creating their own fizzy drinks and investigating medical conditions. One student in particular has completed additional work in his own time to create this car. He is looking at how increasing the aerodynamics of the outer body can increase the...

Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad at Nexus – February 2020

By on Dec 11, 2019 in Blog |

Nexus and CSIA are excited to announce the date of the second Cornish Schools Maths Olympiad – Primary. This event is for Year 5 and 6 pupils and will be held at Nexus on Wednesday 12th February 2020. The event is a one day celebration of Mathematics and will include workshops, talks and an exciting competition.  The aim of the Olympiad is to provide a competitive and exciting environment for the young mathematicians of Cornwall to share their love of the subject.  The competition itself will take place in the afternoon having been preceded by talks by Nexus’ passionate and enthusiastic team and workshops run by some of CSIA’s fantastic Mathematics department. Here are some of the highlights from last year’s event: Learning about cyphers and code breaking with Alison Eves from the Royal Institute. Students hard at work in the competition. The winners receive their...