International Opportunities at CSMS
Our school has a well-deserved reputation for its outstanding International Programme. CSMS offers unique opportunities for students to engage and collaborate with other top schools on the international stage.
We have worked over several years with a large number of top Science and Maths schools worldwide. These schools have included: Australian Science and Mathematics School, Ritsumeikan School in Japan, National Junior College Singapore, John Monash Science School in Australia, Korea Science Academy of KAIST, National University of Singapore Maths and Science School, and many others.
Our relationships with these leading international schools is well established. Students have the opportunity to embark on joint research, exchange visits and other collaboration with students from these schools.
NJC Collaborative Projects
We are very proud of our close relationship with the National Junior College in Singapore. Every year CSMS students have the opportunity to work alongside students from the NJC during exchange visits to Singapore and the UK. Recent projects have included:
A project led by Dr Daren Ler, a teacher from the NJC, who challenged the team to write a computer programme which can analyse a large set of student assessment data and then make predictions about future performance in exams. The programme had to be able to adapt and change its own calculations, becoming more reliable each year as more data becomes available.
Another recent project was a biodiversity project led by Dr Adrian Spalding, a renowned entomologist from the University of Exeter. The students visited Loe Bar in the UK to compare environmental factors with the abundance of the Sandhill Rustic Moth. The students then travelled to Singapore to take a comparative study in a different environment.
A third project was led by the Institute for Research in Schools who provided the team with advanced particle detectors which are as sensitive as the detectors which make up ATLAS and CMS at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN. The students devised an investigation to analyse the risk of exposure to radioactive Radon gas at different altitudes above ground level. This is especially important in the context of Singapore as many Singaporeans live in high-rise apartment blocks.
Alongside undergraduate level research, students also have the opportunity to explore Singapore and sample the local culture.
The International Student Science Fair
The International Student Science Fair (ISSF) is an annual elite competition organised by the International Science Schools Network, an organisation of forty leading Science and Mathematics specialist schools that promotes and celebrates students who carry out their own scientific research.
CSMS students have the opportunity to showcase their own research projects and compete against other students from around the world at the ISSF.
The ISSF is held at prestigious venues worldwide such as Japan, Singapore, Bangkok, Adelaide, Winnipeg, Moscow and Melbourne. Camborne Science and International Academy hosted the 2013 event, which was attended by over 200 students and educators.
Singapore International Mathematics Challenge
SIMC is a biennial international mathematics event that provides opportunities to fuel students’ interest in mathematics and spur them to reach for greater heights. The event aims to bring together bright students from around the world to pit their skills in a rigorous competition where they will demonstrate their creativity and mathematical skills in a mathematical modelling challenge. Students will have the opportunities to interact in social and cultural activities.
Prof Imre Leader from Trinity College, Cambridge University is the Chief Judge of SIMC. He leads a panel of distinguished judges comprising professionals from various universities, research institutes and scientific organisations.
Throughout the year there may be other international opportunities that are on offer. Over the last few years we have sent students to the Hwa Chong Science Fair or the Asia-Pacific Conference for Young Scientists for example.