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Nexus @ CSIA

23 Mar. 2016 Posted by WillsR


Nexus takes off!

Nexus is the name of our new Specialist Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Centre, which will open in September 2016. Nexus is situated five minutes away from the CSIA Main Campus and is the home of the Gifted STEM Programme, where students with a particular aptitude in these subjects will have a bespoke curriculum to maximise their progress and success.

The Gifted STEM Programme

The Gifted STEM Programme is unique in the UK and was described as 'mindblowing' by the CEO of NACE, Hilary Lowe. 

She continued: "The plans for Nexus are visionary and represent the highest aspirations of the young people of Camborne Academy, with a programme which will offer incredibly exciting, cutting edge opportunities to challenge and engage students capable of exceptional achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths."

The programme provides the most able students with the opportunity to learn in the ways that allow them to make the most progress in their learning, and to go way beyond the traditional National Curriculum. Students in the Gifted STEM Programme will be fully integrated into the main school, and will spend three days a week at the main CSIA Campus, coming across to Nexus for the co-curricular programme at 2.50 each day. These students will spend the other two days of the week at Nexus.

The Gifted STEM Programme is available for students currently in Year 7 and 11 at CSIA, and students joining Year 7 in 2016. Please contact Dr Jo Foster on how to apply for the Gifted STEM Programme.


STEM in the VI Form

The Gifted STEM Programme in the VI Form is geared towards providing these students with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills that are far beyond those found in any other UK school. Working Groups focused on Medicine and Dentistry are full of activities designed to give students that 'extra' which will give them the edge in applications for the top universities.

For example, students will have access to the 'skills lab' used by Medical students at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. We are also building links in order to allow students to access research groups and academics working in Universities in the UK, to take part in cutting-edge research in their area of interest.

Our VI Form Gifted Programme will provide Oxbridge-style tutorials with academics that are at the top of their field of study; for example Professor Dudley Shallcross, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Bristol University.

An extraordinary co-curricular programme

There will be opportunities at Nexus for all students from CSIA to engage with an innovative and exciting co-curricular programme. The current co-curricular programme for 2016-2017 includes Astronomy, Coding and Microbits, Game development and Mandarin.

To develop the students' understanding of the real world applications of the Science and Maths the students are learning, we have secured excellent links with a variety of organisations such as Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose, which will be offering a co-curricular programme in helicopter engineering. Co-curricular time can also be used for music lessons and practicing musical instruments. 

A community hub

Nexus will act as a STEM Hub working with local primary schools to develop practical support for Science and Maths teaching, as well as offering opportunities for their most able students in STEM to spend time at Nexus partaking in exciting and engaging STEM activities to challenge them. 

Gifted STEM Clubs for Year 4, 5 and 6 students from local Primary schools are already taking place at Nexus, with primary pupils enjoying such activities as 'Desert Island Drinks', where they had to develop an emergency water filter, and 'Cargo Drop', where they used the equation for momentum to help them design a container for a tissue paper bag of lentils that ensured the bag did not split on impact with the floor. These clubs have been very well attended, by very enthusiastic and able pupils. 

Opportunity knocks

Nexus is an opportunity for students to shine, regardless of their background. We have an active programme to help to identify and support the most able students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and to encourage them to be a part of Nexus. 

As part of our drive to encourage girls into STEM, we are working with organisations such as WISE (Women into Science, Technology and Engineering), and will be the Cornwall Hub for this organisation. Nexus is also likely to become a hub for excellence in teaching the Most Able and we work closely with NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education). 

We very much look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students into Year 7, 8 and 12 in September 2016.