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:

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...