Nexus

Co-curricular

The co-curricular programme at Nexus is second to none. A wide range of STEM based activities and courses are available. Each activity is run by an expert in that field. Students who are not already at Nexus will be brought across to Nexus from the main CSIA Campus.

Astro 4Students learn to set up a powerful telescope at the Astronomy Taster.

Years 7 and 8

Examples of co-curricular activities and programmes for Year 7 and 8 include: Microbits, Astronomy, Coding and Game Development, Mandarin, Philosophy, Helicopter Engineering and Robotics. Co-curricular time can also be used for music lessons and practicing musical instruments. A full list of co-curricular activities can be found below.

Year 9

In Year 9, during the co-curricular time, students have the opportunity to work on an independent research project to earn a Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) or can choose to indulge their entrepreneurial spirit by creating their own business through the Young Enterprise programme.

Nexus VI

Nexus VI students can use the facilities at Nexus to carry out their own research to earn an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Students who are candidates for Oxford and Cambridge or Medical or Veterinary degrees are prepared for entry examinations through a comprehensive programme of tutorials encompassing the BMAT, UKCAT, STEP and NatSci assessments.

In addition to this an academic lecture series runs throughout the year. More details can be found here.

 

Corey and PhillipCorey from Nexus 7 explains his turbine design to an engineer from RNAS Culdrose at the Young Engineers Energy Quest activity.

 

The 2016-17 Co-Curricular Programme

The Co-curricular Programme for 2016-2016 is detailed below. Those activities in bold are open to any student of CSIA. Booking is essential by emailing reception@nexuscsia.co.uk.

More details about each Co-Curricular activity can be found below.

Term Monday Tuesday Wednesday

(compulsory)

Thursday Friday
 

Autumn 1

 

Astronomy taster

 

 

 

Big Bang Competition

 

 

Maths- NRICH

 

 

Research Projects

 

 

Micro Bits

 

 

 

Mandarin

 

 

 

Autumn 2

 

Astronomy GCSE

 

Nexus Musicians

Invasive Species International Collaborative Project

 

Big Bang Competition

 

Junior Maths Challenge

 

Research Projects

 

Lego Engineers Robotics Challenge

 

Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest

 

 

Mandarin

Astronomy (Taster)

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

 

Astronomy GCSE

 

Nexus Musicians

 

Big Bang Competition

 

Maths NRICH

 

 

Research Projects

 

Coding and Computing(with Falmouth University)

 

Book Club

 

Mandarin

Astronomy (Taster)

 

 

 

Spring 2

 

Astronomy GCSE

 

Nexus Musicians

 

Google Science Fair

 

Junior Maths Challenge

 

Research Projects

 

 

Coding and Computing (with Falmouth University)

 

Book Club

 

Mandarin

Astronomy (Taster)

 

Nobel garden

 

Summer 1

 

 

Astronomy GCSE

 

Nexus Musicians

 

Google Science Fair

 

CSIA Maths Challenge

 

 

Research Projects

 

Raspberry Pi

 

Book Club

 

Mandarin

 

 

Nobel garden

 

Summer 2

 

Astronomy GCSE

 

Nexus Musicians

 

Big Bang Competition

 

CSIA Maths Challenge

 

Research Projects

 

Tomorrow’s Engineers Energy Quest

 

Book Club

 

 

Mandarin (GCSE)

Helicopter Engineering (with RNAS Culdrose)

 

 

 Canada collaborationStudents from Years 9-11 taking part in the Invasive Species Collaboration Project with students from Winnipeg, Canada.

 

Science co-curricular opportunities

Astronomy

 

Led by Dr. Grant Mackintosh

Explore and learn more about the Universe with expert Dr Mackintosh from Tolcarn Observatory. The first 6 weeks are taster sessions and after the half term, it will resume as a GCSE course for those that want to gain an extra GCSE in Astronomy.

A further Taster will then be available for those who were not able to start at the beginning of term.

 

Big Bang Competition

 

Led by Dr. Nick Gower and Mira Oates

This year will be the first time CSIA students will submit a project and we hope to showcase our Nexus talent! This will be a project linked to a STEM subject. Due to the timings of the submission dates, we will submit the first project like most schools do, online. However, for entries from then on, we aim to enter the Regional heats where projects showcase their work at a Big Bang Fair near us. To ensure we make the most out of the high quality  projects, we will also be entering students in for CREST awards.
Google Science Fair

 

Led by Dr. Nick Gower and Mira Oates

A unique opportunity to take part in an exciting international competition run by Google. They are looking for “The brightest minds and the biggest ideas. Ideas that can move our world forward. Ideas that make a difference”. Focussing again on STEM related topics; let’s show the world what we are made of here at Nexus. No challenge is too big for us.

 

 

Mathematics Challenge Club

NRICH Challenge

 

Led by Rachel Tribbick and Sarah Robinson

 

Apply your knowledge of Mathematics to interesting investigations, in conjunction with a project run by the University of Cambridge. Discover patterns in nature, proofs to stand the test of time and relationships between different Mathematical concepts. We will be spending this time working on some of the NRICH live problems from http://wild.maths.org, aiming to have our solutions featured in the showcase page.
Junior Maths Challenge

 

Led by Rachel Tribbick and Sarah Robinson

 

 

Year 7 & 8 students at CSIA compete in the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge every year. The top 7% of students nationally receive a much sought-after Gold Certificate. Only the best students nationally are invited to compete at the subsequent competitions. Our aim is to train for success in this competition.
CSIA Maths Challenge

 

Led by Rachel Tribbick and Sarah Robinson

 

This is an exciting student-led opportunity to get involved in creating our own competition here at Nexus! There is no better way to prepare for competitions than by developing your own. If you’re ready to take your love of Mathematics to the next level, this is the club for you.

 

Programming co-curricular opportunities

micro:bits

 

Led by Andrew Grey

Micro:bits are new pocket-sized computer that lets anyone code, customise and control other pieces of hardware through software. You can use your Micro:bit for all sorts of fun creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.
Robotics

 

Led by Andrew Grey

Build, program and control independent LEGO robots to complete a series of short, exciting space missions.   You will learn how to design and program your robot to complete space challenges. This team can then join the Tomorrows Engineers Robotics Challenge league competing against other schools on micro tasks.
Gaming and Computing

 

Led by professor Simon Colton and his team.

Working with Falmouth University, this is a unique opportunity to learn how to program your own game. UNITY the program being taught is used right across the gaming industry globally and is currently one of the main programs used by major game designers. A 6 week project will be set to create your own game with the possibility of presenting it to the students at the University.
Raspberry Pi

 

Led by Mr Tom Smith

Following on from the micro:bits coding, Raspberry Pi is a tiny computer with big ideas. Develop your coding skills and engage with a huge programme of opportunities with these co-curricular sessions. Raspberry Pi computers are everywhere – some have even been into space! Where will your programming take you?

 

Engineering co-curricular opportunities

Helicopter Engineering

 

Led by Officers and staff from RNAS Culdrose

One of the many fantastic opportunities to work with the team from RNAS Culdrose. In these sessions you will gain a better understanding of the engineering behind helicopters. The 6-week programme includes an opportunity to visit the helicopter engineering facility at Culdrose and experience life as an engineer on the base.
Tomorrow’s Engineers – Energy Quest

 

Led by staff from Young Engineers UK and Nexus

This engaging project, delivered in conjunction with Young Engineers UK asks you to explore the issues around energy requirements as the population of the world increases. The project is practical and ‘hands on’ as well as having an element that develops the art of scientific writing.

 

Other

Mandarin

Led by CSIA MFL staff

 

 

Begin learning the Chinese language, Mandarin. A growing number of companies worldwide seek people with the skills to speak other languages. Mandarin is one of them. The first 6 weeks are taster sessions and after the half term, it will resume as a GCSE course for those who want gain an extra GCSE in Mandarin.
Nexus Musicians

 

Led by CSIA music department

Maths, music and deep thought are truly complementary. Whether you want to sing in the Nexus choir, consider the science behind Holst’s Planets Suite or simply relax and enjoy music on a regular basis, Nexus Musicians gives you an opportunity to broaden your interest.
Book club

 

Led by VI Form Gifted STEM Leaders

The Hive has shelves full of inspirational and engaging books that can open up the mind to all sorts of possibilities. These books are very much linked to the STEM subjects. Book club allows you to share your views on a book and be able to discuss and recommend them to your peers.
Nobel Garden

 

Led by Dr. Jo Foster

Help design and make a stunning outdoor space in the theme of Noble Prize winners. The garden will be themed around these great scientists and mathematicians, and will be designed by the scientists and mathematicians of the future – you! A great opportunity to get outdoors and into gardening.

 

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