Nexus

Delight for A-Level students as they sweep the board with A*s

By on Aug 16, 2018 in Blog |

There were squeals of delight this morning as the students from Nexus VI  collected their A-Level results. Every student had phenomenal success, and of particular note were Mia and Conor, who achieved 4 and 5 A*’s respectively, and Betty, who alongside her fantastic exam results achieved her dream of a place at King’s College London to study Medicine. As well as working hard on their A-Levels over the past year, these exceptional students have benefited from a huge range of additional opportunities such as International trips, research projects, lectures and academic mentoring to support their studies. We congratulate each of them and wish them all the very best in their future studies at University. If you are interested in being part of this incredible VI Form programme at Cornwall School of Maths and Science, there are still limited places available from September for...

Nexus students tackle Cyber Crime and get inspired by Cyber Futures!

By on Jul 17, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus and CSIA students were propelled into the world of cybercrime fighting yesterday as part of South West Police’s “Cyber Future” programme. Students worked on challenging interactive scenarios where their cyber knowledge was put to the test along with their morale and ethical decision making. In addition to learning about a career in cyber security and the Computer Misuse Act students were guided through the ever growing list of careers that stem from an education in computer programming and IT management. Jobs such as game and software design, hardware engineer, web developer, security analyst or even a government vulnerability tester! With so many new career paths opening everyday who knows what the future holds? Perhaps Nexus contains a future Steve Jobs, Marissa Mayer or Elon Musk! We will be working closely with Cyber Futures to make sure that students from Nexus and CSIA are...

Alpaca Adventures At Nexus

By on Jul 11, 2018 in Blog |

Yesterday Nexus played host to a pair of Alpacas as part of CSIA’s primary outreach days. Pupils from Year 5 in primary schools in the Camborne area visited Nexus to experience a number of workshops on the planetarium, a ‘fire’ lab and an animal adventure. Of course, Nexus students got in on the action at break...

Chemical Engineering And Big Projects

By on Jul 11, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus was delighted to host Christopher Rees to deliver a lecture to students about his life in the chemical engineering industry. His amazing career started with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London but took him to Singapore, Malaysia and beyond. Chris explained all about his progression from working in factories and small scale projects to project managing multi-million pound offshore oil rig construction projects and working on the largest and most technologically advanced oil extraction facilities in the world. Our students were very lucky to hear from such an industry expert and we have no doubt that some of them will have been inspired to consider this interesting and exciting...

Nexus 7 explore a STEM career in plastics research

By on Jul 10, 2018 in Blog |

Following on from their current research project about plastics in the ocean, Nexus 7 today had a visit from three postgraduate students at the University of Exeter who have done research all over the world about the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment. The postgraduate students told the Nexus students about how they collected their data, and also led the students through several practical activities to remove and identify plastics from marine environments. The students first sifted the sand to find larger pieces of plastic, then the sample was put into water, so that the smaller pieces of plastics and microplastics would float the top. Finally, students used microscopes to identify and sort the plastics into categories; fragments; foam; line and film. The session with the postgraduate students was hugely useful for the students; real scientists doing important work to...

Students To Benefit From Prestigious Links With Eton And Oxford

By on Jul 6, 2018 in Blog |

Nexus has made links with both Eton College and the University of Oxford during a jam packed tour of prestigious institutions. Dr Foster and Mr Chapman were both delighted to be able to meet with a number of potential partner organisations during a busy two days of travelling. After leaving Cornwall in the early hours they were first met at Magdalen College School, an elite public school with a reputation for successfully getting large numbers of students into Oxbridge each year. We are delighted that our students will soon be benefiting from their experience in providing mock interviews and preparing students for their applications. The afternoon was spent in Exeter College, one of the colleges of the University of Oxford. We are looking forward to working closely with the admissions team to ensure our students have the very best opportunities to visit the college and to find out more...

Rotary Club Technology Tournament blasts off

By on Jul 6, 2018 in Blog |

It was an exciting day today for Nexus students as they attended the Rotary Club annual Technology Tournament. The tournament was attended by over 150 students from Cornwall aged 11-18. The students were asked to design and create a launcher for a space capsule that had to fly at least 3 metres into the air. Our teams were enormously successful, with the Nexus VI Form team winning both available prizes in their age group! Well done to all the teams who took part....

Nexus Flying High in Junior Maths Challenge

By on Jul 6, 2018 in Blog |

Camborne students from both Nexus and the main campus recently received their certificates for their record breaking performance in the prestigious UKMT Mathematics Challenge at Junior level. Nexus students Ben McGuire and Maddie Freyne achieved the best results in Year 7 and 8 repectively and were commended for their amazing achievements. As a result of his amazing performance Ben McGuire was entered into to Junior Mathematical Olympiad, the next round of the competition, where he achieved an amazing certificate of merit. Well done everyone! Ben and Maddie celebrate their success as top performing students in Years 7 and 8. The Gold award winners were delighted with their achievements. Nexus and CSIA students received a record breaking set of results in the Junior Maths Challenge....

Final STEP Preparations For Cambridge Mathematics Applicants

By on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog |

On Saturday, Mia F and Conor B-H spent the morning making final preparations for their STEP 2 and 3 exams this week; their teacher, Miss  Teixeira, kindly gave up some of her free time to support these students in the closing stages of their Mathematical journey here at Camborne Science and International Academy. Both students have worked exceptionally hard over the last two years to become superb Mathematicians who have the passion, knowledge and drive to read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. We are very proud of them both for being offered places at such prestigious Universities and wish them all them best in their upcoming exams....

CSIA students fly the flag for Cornwall and the UK at International Mathematics Competition

By on Jun 18, 2018 in Blog |

In May Phoebe H & Maya M were accompanied by Nexus’ Mr Rees & Miss Perry to the Singapore International Maths Challenge. SIMC aims to provide students with the opportunity to be innovative, creative and to develop a global mindset in the pursuit of knowledge. The events puts some of the best young mathematicians in the world through their paces, while also offering exciting cultural opportunities and opportunities to make friends from all over the world.  The biennial event allows students to showcase and pit their skills in a rigorous competition in the application of mathematics. Both Camborne students embraced the challenge with determination and Mathematical skill. The challenge this year was set by a group of top Mathematical lecturers; including Professor Imre Leader, Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, and industry experts. To try this year’s...

Stellar Satellife Success For Eva At Nexus

By on Jun 14, 2018 in Blog |

Eva R in Nexus 9 was delighted this week when her entry into the National Satellife Competition was judged as excellent by the organisers. Despite not winning the competition, Eva received individual feedback from the judges, who said “we all believe that [Eva’s] idea was of significant importance.” The competition organisers were so impressed with Eva’s work that one of the judges has offered to visit Nexus in the next academic year to meet Eva and to run a workshop for our students. Emily Gravestock, the Head of Applications Strategy at the UK Space Agency said: “this is not something that is being offered to other runners-up, this is only being offered to you … despite not winning, we felt that your entry was worthy of recognition.” Eva also received a certificate and a book from the UK Space Agency for her efforts. We are delighted with...

Phase Two Of Old Grammar School Renovations Begin

By on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog |

Phase 2 of the renovation of the Old Camborne Girls Grammar School began last week, with CSIA being awarded a community grant to replace the roof and to ensure the building is waterproof and fit for purpose as the new home of the Cornwall School of Maths and Science. The work is expected to be completed in time for September 2018 with the final finishing touches turning the South wing of the building into a bright, modern and exciting environment for learning. The facilities being introduced will include some much needed classrooms, some areas dedicated to quiet working and a number of small group tutorial spaces. There will also be some flexible accommodation for our growing international programme and we are having fun imagining exciting new ways that we can utilise this incredible facility, from study nights for CSMS students to astronomy sleep overs for Nexus students. We will keep...

Year 7s Up The Pace In Speed Chess Tournament

By on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog |

Year 7 students from across CSIA and Nexus took part in a speed chess tournament during co-curricular this Tuesday; students played a variant of “Blitz Chess” in which each player had only 5 minutes to make their moves and put their opponent in Checkmate. There has been everything from nail bitingly close games going down to the final hundredths of a second to rapid checkmates in less than 20 seconds. Nexus holds a termly Chess tournament with weekly games where pupils pit their strategical, logical and planning skills against each other in the classic board game. Maybe we have a future Grand Master in our...

Ben McGuire to take on country’s top Mathematicians in next round of competition

By on Jun 12, 2018 in Blog |

Following on from the excellent results from the first round of the Junior Mathematics Challenge this year; 6 students have made it through to the next rounds of the competition. Five students have been asked to take part in the Junior Mathematics Kangaroo and  Ben McGuire, Year 7 Nexus, has been invited to take part in the competitions elite second round, the Junior Mathematics Olympiad.   This level of competition is by invite only with only approximately 1000 of the 350,000 entrants from the JMC being eligible to take part. This is an excellent achievement and is testament to Ben’s superb mathematical ability and problem solving skills. He has become the first student in CSIA history to proceed through at this level and we wish him all the best in the upcoming competition....

Camborne students excel in Junior Mathematics Challenge

By on Jun 11, 2018 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 a record breaking set of results. The competition is entered by students from top Mathematics classes from across the country and is a chance for the mathematically able to pit their skills against other excellent mathematicians in Years 7 and 8. In Year 7 fourteen students achieved a Bronze award, 7 achieved Silver and 5 achieved Gold; in Year 8 eleven achieved Bronze, 7 achieved Silver and 3 achieved Gold. Special commendation must go to Maddi Freyne, Ben McGuire, Oliver Honeybone, Gregory Eastman, Milan Leibing and Alfie Blowman for getting through to the next round of the competition. Students will be receiving their certificates in the coming weeks and the second round of the competition is held on Tuesday 12th June....

Ben Builds Selective Breeding From Scratch

By on Jun 8, 2018 in Blog |

Ben M in Nexus 7 has taken it upon himself to develop a computer programme coded in ‘Scratch’, a visual programming language, which models the process of selective breeding. Ben taught himself the principles of selective breeding in his spare time and created his programme which initially displays 10 cows of random sizes. You select two cows to breed together and the programme calculates the expected sizes of the offspring to display. As you continue you can selectively breed your cows to become larger or smaller over many generations. Ben’s programme has been a hit already and several of his teachers have asked if they can get a copy to use in their lessons. Selective breeding is often used as an introduction to inheritance and evolution in GCSE Science – it is clear that while Ben’s understanding of this concept is excellent, his ability to bring...

Teaching A Computer To Count Logically

By on Jun 7, 2018 in Blog |

Coding a programme that gets a computer to count from 1 to 100 is a challenge for many beginner programmers, but Ben W in Nexus 8 has risen to the challenge in an exceptional style. Rather than resort to using a programming language like Python or Scratch, Ben decided to try and complete this task using nothing but logic gates, which are the fundamental constituents of computer chips. By going to first principles, Ben was able to use a combination of AND, OR, NOR and XOR gates to count from 1 to 100 after a switch is pressed. Ben faced a number of challenges in his design, not least finding a way to delay the response of the gates so that each increment took 1 second. Ben was particularly proud that he found a way to convert the counter from binary to base 10 numbers. Nexus students have the time and the space to explore beyond the curriculum and we are delighted that so many of our...

Canada Teacher Exchange Leads To Lasting Collaboration

By on Jun 6, 2018 in Blog |

Over the half term holiday Mr Chapman was lucky enough to be jetting off to Winnipeg, Canada, to spend a week in Fort Richmond Collegiate (FRC), a Grade 10-12 school with close links with Camborne Science and International Academy. FRC, along with CSIA, is a founder member of the International Science Schools Network – an international organisation dedicated to improving science education for all through collaboration, research, student competitions and developing pedagogy. Teachers from FRC and CSIA have been working closely for many years and regularly catch up at international competitions. Mr Chapman was hosted by the FRC science department and had the opportunity to observe and teach some Canadian lessons as well as helping to develop a programme of collaborative projects for students in both FRC and CSIA. Next year students in Year 10 at Nexus will be partnering with Maths...

Greenpower is a go!

By on Jun 5, 2018 in Blog |

Today we have had some very exciting news – we have been awarded £1,875 of funding which will enable us to buy an ‘F24 category rolling chassis kit’ to compete in the ‘Greenpower electric car challenge’ next year. The challenge will see a team of CSIA students design and build the car using some of the latest industry-leading CAD software. The team will represent CSIA at local heats next summer, racing against several local schools in a series of 90 minute races to see who can cover the greatest distance. Watch out for the Greenpower Challenge on next years’ Co-Curricular programme! For more information see the Greenpower website: https://www.greenpower.co.uk/...

Exoplanet Hunting With Dr Nathan Mayne

By on May 24, 2018 in Blog |

Friend of Nexus, Dr Nathan Mayne, visited us again this Friday to give a lecture on how astrophysicists are hunting for exoplanets – exoplanets are planets which are outside of our own solar system. Dr Mayne discussed how the ‘weather’ on so-called Hot Jupiters can give us an insight into whether conditions are suitable for life. Dr Mayne is an engaging and inspirational speaker and we are delighted that he gave up his time to come to talk to our students. We are certain that his infectious enthusiasm for his work will have inspired many of our students to find out more about astrophysics and may even encourage some to follow his footsteps and study physics at...

Jools Talks Exoplanets With Dr Nathan Mayne

By on May 24, 2018 in Blog |

Jools is in Year 12 at Nexus and as part of his Extended Project is working on the best way to identify exoplanets. This week he was given the opportunity to have a one-to-one tutorial with the Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Exeter, Dr Nathan Mayne. Dr Mayne explored Jools’ project with him and used his years of experience to offer Jools advice and guidance. Jools has taken on board all the suggestions made and will be able to reference Dr Mayne in his Extended Project write up. Dr Mayne is also the admissions tutor for Physics at the University of Exeter, and as part of the tutorial Jools gained a unique insight into the world of astrophysics at university and what he should include in his personal statement when he applies to UCAS. We are delighted that we share this close relationship with Dr Mayne and hope that we can welcome him back to Nexus...

The Stirling Engine – The Future Of Energy Generation?

By on May 24, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted to welcome Dr Adam Feldman, Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy, from the University of Exeter to Nexus for the latest academic lecture. His talk was filled with practical demonstrations of thermodynamics and he explained how the Stirling Engine, a contemporary of the steam engine made redundant by the rise of the internal combustion engine, may be about to make a comeback. Dr Feldman’s lecture was engaging and a number of the audience stayed behind to see a working model of the Stirling Engine up close. We would like to thank Dr Feldman for his time and hope to see him again at...

Software Cornwall Shows Nexus Students Future Career Options

By on May 9, 2018 in Blog |

Software development is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in Cornwall. Software Cornwall is the industry body tasked with trying to raise the profile of programming in local schools in an attempt to fill the growing skills shortage. Many of our Nexus students are budding programmers and they had the opportunity to hear from Richard Armitage from Software Cornwall this week as he explained the work that software engineers do and why learning to code is such a vital skill which will make them very much more employable in the future. We were delighted that Richard came to talk to our students and highlighted some of the amazing opportunities open to them as they develop their coding skills; from work experiences placements to the Mission to Mars...

Final Future Medics Workshop Inspires Next Generation Of Doctors

By on May 8, 2018 in Blog |

On Wednesday the final Future Medics Workshop for this year was led by the Exeter University Medical School. 34 Year 7-9 students from across Cornwall took part in the workshops, experiencing various practical and theory-based lessons covering medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. The first half of the session dealt with Basic Life Support (CPR) where the students were given the opportunity to work with Annie models. We were very impressed on how focused and passionate the students were, listening carefully to ensure their practice was correct and effective.   The second half of the workshop involved an interactive quiz covering topics from previous sessions, as well as general medicine questions. Caleb Owomoyela, a third year Medical student who helped to run the session said “Students have been very good, very attentive and picked up the information so quickly, they were...

Second Maths Enrichment Seminar Hits The Right “Chord”

By on Apr 27, 2018 in Blog |

The second Y10-11 Maths Enrichment Seminar was a roaring success with a capacity attendance of students who are aiming for Grade 9 in their Maths GCSEs. The workshop gives the students the chance to learn techniques and methods to help them with the most demanding questions in the GCSE specification. The seminar was run by Mr Gareth Rees, the Maths Lead at Nexus, who said: “It is a really valuable opportunity for those students who are serious about achieving the top grade. To get a Grade 9 you have to be confident is using complex mathematical techniques quickly and accurately to solve problems. We are teaching the students who come to these seminars to tackle problems in the most logical way possible. They are developing their problem solving skills and this will give them the advantage in their exams.”