Nexus

Game Development Co-Curricular Reaches Final Level

By on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog |

Professor Colton and his team from the Metamakers Institute came to Nexus today to deliver the final workshop in their Game Development co-curricular activity. This amazing club has been running for six weeks and the participating students have been shown how to develop a mobile gaming app from the initial ideas stage right the way through to producing a working product which underwent Beta testing today. The students have thoroughly enjoyed developing their games and the experiences and skills they have learnt will ensure they are able to compete in a crowded industry. Who knows, perhaps the next game to top the App Store will be made by a student who has been inspired by this opportunity! We would like to thank Professor Colton for bringing his experience and expertise to Nexus and sharing his enthusiasm for coding and game development with our...

Exeter Medical School Run Future Medics Workshop

By on Mar 21, 2018 in Blog |

We were delighted to play host to Exeter Medical School at Nexus today for the latest Future Medics workshop. Students from Years 7-11 were put through their paces by the team from Exeter University. The opportunity to hear from current trainee doctors gave our students a unique insight into what this career path may hold for them. Many of the students in the workshop have plans to become Doctors, so this was an amazing chance for them to get more information and to quiz the medical students on their experiences. We are delighted to have forged such a strong link with the Medical School at Exeter and look forward to the next Future Medics...

Mining Lecture By Dr Wetherelt Was A Blast

By on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog |

Today Nexus played host to Dr Andrew Wetherelt, Senior Lecturer from the University of Exeter. Dr Wetherelt gave a fascinating lecture to students from Nexus and across the county who are members of the Scholars’ Community. Dr Wetherelt introduced some of the planning and mathematics that goes into designing the best way to blast rocks in mines efficiently and most importantly safely. His lecture was very interactive, with students carrying out some mathematical calculations to decide on the appropriate size of a bore hole to be filled with explosives. Dr Wetherelt then shared some examples of how things can go wrong – including photos of quarry workers’ cars being destroyed by flying rocks after a poorly designed blast. The talk culminated in Dr Wetherelt sharing videos of increasingly dangerous quarry explosions, much to the enjoyment of the audience. We would like...

Game Development Co-Curricular Club Inspires Nexus Students

By on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog |

Students at Nexus have been enjoying their penultimate Game Development co-curricular session with Professor Colton and his team from the Metamakers Institute at Falmouth University. Professor Colton has been teaching Nexus students how to develop a mobile gaming app from the initial ideas stage to a fully fledged product. The students have been learning many new skills including how to code game apps for iPads. The workshops have been inspirational for the students who have all been able to see their ideas developing from the drawing board to real life playable games....

Surgical Scrubs and Oxbridge Offers; Nexus VI achieve their dreams

By on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog |

We’ve been delighted for the students in Nexus VI as their University offers have been arriving. All the students have achieved amazing offers and will be studying at top universities. Huge congratulations to all the students in the programme. Students in the Nexus VI Programme (which from September will be based at Cornwall School of Maths and Science) have an enrichment programme to prepare them for application to Oxbridge, and a bespoke programme of support to help them achieve an offer from their chosen University. Both Mia and Connor have achieved offers from the University of Cambridge to study Mathematics; this is a significant achievement and very well deserved. Betty has two offers to study medicine; one from University College London and one from Kings College London. Medicine is one of the most difficult degree courses to be offered a place, so to hold two offers is...

Nexus students take part in BAFTA Game Design Competition

By on Mar 14, 2018 in Blog |

Three talented students, Josh, Joe and Peter from Nexus 9, are taking part in the National BAFTAs for Game design. All outstanding programmers and designers, entry to this competition allows them to push their skills to the limit, testing new ideas and demonstrating their star quality. The students are entering the ‘Game Making Award’, which recognises excellence in original game design.   Both Josh and Peter have worked with Professor Simon Colton and his team from Falmouth Games Academy as part of their co-curricular programme at Nexus. We’re delighted that their interest in Game Design has continued, and wish them all the best of luck in the Awards!...

Ollie takes one big step towards his space ambition!

By on Mar 9, 2018 in Blog |

Ollie Turrell in Nexus 9 has been awarded a coveted place at the European Astronaut Training School in Cologne, Germany, for his Year 10 Work Experience placement in July 2019. The placement, which will see Ollie training with the astronauts at the centre, is one of only very few offered each year. The European Astronaut Training Centre is featured in the BBC2 Programme “Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?”, and is the place where Tim Peake trained for his International Space Station mission. Ollie, who is part of the Gifted STEM Programme at CSIA has lofty ambitions. “I want to work for Elon Musk at SpaceX when I finish my education. This placement at the European Space Agency and Astronaut Training School is a great way to learn more about Aerospace Engineering and improve my skills. I’m so excited about this opportunity and I’m really pleased I followed my teacher’s advice...

CSIA Team Victorious in Lego Robotics Challenge

By on Mar 9, 2018 in Blog |

After weeks of team working, problem solving, designing programming and building robots, eleven students who have been taking part in the Lego Robotics co-curricular activity at Nexus gathered at Newquay’s RAF St Mawgan base to compete in a regional competition. BBC Spotlight was at the event, interviewing one of our students, Ruby M, for the programme. Eight local schools from all over Devon and Cornwall battled it out to complete a set of engineering challenges using Lego. The day consisted of five different challenges, with one of them only being given to the students on the day. The first challenge was the robot speed drag race, this involved the robots to go as fast as they could over a given distance. The second challenge was the robot challenge. This involved the robots completing a series of five challenges, on a set out mat, within five minutes. This included: a thirty second...