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IEST Dragon’s Den 2017

IEST’s PTA sponsored Dragon’s Den started five years ago as a year 8 choice lesson. Seven students signed up and participated. The first year was very science based where students even had the opportunity to explore nuclear physics -- the what and why are alpha and gamma radiation dangerous. Students learned the basics of business plans and marketing plans.

Now five years later, IEST Dragon’s Den is bigger and more developed than ever! Still with PTA’s support, IEST Dragon’s Den is run by the English Department. All year 8 students have the opportunity to take on and compete in the Dragon’s Den project.

Students work alone, in pairs or in small groups of 3-4 where they have three weeks to develop their ideas and rehearse for their presentation for the class. One finalist from each class is then chosen to represent their class in the Dragon’s Den Final! For inspiration and preparation for the Dragon’s Den Final 2017, our 13 finalists -- Linnea Ejemyr, Moa Christianssén, Johanna Graham, Rebecka Hedensjö, Arthur Harmsen, Florian Randes, Viktor Synnes, Adam Ögren, Ronya Aspelod, Emily Assarson Naess, Isabel Storgård and Caroline Ehrngren (absent: Jack Magnell) -- visited KTH Innovation. 

“Ms Nicole Forsberg explained how things work at KTH and what they strive for in business. Mr Raman Ramalingam explained what they do at KTH. He also give us tips on how to develop products and make money. He mentioned some rare and funny cases like the man who started selling stones as pets -- who managed to make over one million crowns in one year by coming up with a fun and simple idea. The message was that things does not always has to be complicated. It can be simple too,” explained Adam Ögren, one of this year’s 13 finalists.

Tuesday the 21st March was the Dragon’s Den Final 2017 in the Academy at IEST Senior School where our 13 finalists presented their project in front of the three panelists -- Mr Maurice Parry, Mr Ralph Riber and Mr Ari Keinanen. Their presentations were judged on four criteria: Innovation, Business, Sustainability and Communication. They were critiqued on the presentation part: the opening, countdown section and closing statement. The Winner and second place winner will be announced at the End of Year Ceremony on Wednesday, the 14th of June, 2017.

Pictured above is Class 8B's finalists, Rebecka Hedensjö and Johanna Graham, at the Final, explaining the Paxanimi powered by hormonal capsule, the clock that makes sure you wake up ready to start the day -- feeling alert for for the entire day!

“This is now the 5th year we have been running the Dragon’s Den competition at the IEST and seeing the development in these young adults gives hope to the future! The initial reason for creating this annual event is I believe that in the coming years, to succeed one must be an entrepreneur. There will be too many people competing for the same job, as the world is getting more and more populated and the competition is now on a global basis,” explained Mr Maurice Parry, PTA’s Senior Adviser.

“Just having good grades will not be sufficient! Learning to take control of one’s own life, rather than depending on the will of others will be an absolute necessity It is with this though in focus that we need to encourage entrepreneurial processes and is why the PTA, together with dedicated IEST teachers have invested time and funds in the annual 8th grade Dragon’s Den competition. The earlier we encourage students in understanding the various aspects of business, e.g. generating ideas, planning, cost analysis, presenting, etc., the more likely it will be that they succeed in their futures! Let us continue to give this a priority and hopefully other schools and institutes will follow this line of thinking!” concluded Mr Parry.

IEST would like to thank PTA and Mr Maurice Parry for their continued support in Dragon’s Den. We would like to thank our special guests Mr Ralph Riber and Mr Ari Keinanen for attending and participating in this year's event as one of the Dragons!

Science at IEST

Man in Space Lecture

Man in space

On Friday 13 January Professor Carl Johan Sundberg from the department of physiology and pharmacology at Karolinska Institute visited IEST. He held an informational but interesting lecture on the physical effects on the human body by being in space. At the end of the assembly he answered some questions that the students asked.

One thing he talked about was how the body reacted to having no gravity act upon it. He mentioned that the muscles don’t need to work as much in space, since they don’t need to hold up the body in such a way as on Earth. He explained that the unused muscles start to lose mass, and therefore the astronauts get weaker. There are ways of exercising in space, but they are far less effective than on Earth. The amount of muscles you lose when you are in space for four to six weeks is roughly the same muscle mass you would lose when lying in bed for the same amount of time.

Dr Sundberg also mentioned that when you are in space you lose red blood cells because the muscles do not need the same amount of oxygen because they are not being used as much, so the body doesn’t need to carry as much oxygen around the body. This loss of red blood cells could increase the risk of fainting, among other things.

He spoke shortly about the mental effects of being in space, and they were mostly due to being with the same people in a small space for a long time and having tight schedules with little sleep.

In the end he got some interesting questions from both students and teachers. One of the many question he got was if the astronauts had to drink their own urine, and he explained that they only needed to drink the water extracted from it. 

(Story written by IEST student, Alexander Lundquist 8B)


Physicists from Stockholm University

On Wednesday 18th January, visitors from Stockholm University brought some wow moments to IES Täby with some live demonstrations in physics and insights into the real and wonderful workings of nature. Students wrestled in vain against atmospheric pressure to try pull apart Magdeburg hemispheres; they saw a light bulb turn on without being connected to any source of electricity when held close enough to a Tesla coil; they peered into the invisible world of the Electromagnetic spectrum and saw themselves in infrared; they saw sound waves transmitted by a laser as well as the sound waves of music in flames above a Rubens’ tube; and they ate biscuits that had been cooled down to -196 ℃ in liquid nitrogen.

Our thanks go to our the science team from Stockholm University.  

IEST's PTA Sponsored Event: Romme 2017

IEST's PTA Sponsored Event: Romme 2017

Early morning at Täby Galopp, everyone is on time and the buses arrive as scheduled.

There were lots of joy, music and singing in the bus, all the way to Romme. As expected, students were in nicely formed lines -- standing in line to get the rented gear.

The slopes were perfectly prepared and everyone had a super time! Lunch is always the best when skiing!

We had a fantastic afternoon, and the sun was shining on all the smiling faces!

Buses were filled and we started the trip back home. It was long day but still some singing along to the movie we enjoyed.
Some incidents happened during the day, but nothing major or out of the ordinary.

What a nice bunch of teenagers! It has been a pleasure to arrange this trip and I ook forward to next year!

Lena Zachrisson

Season's Greetings from the Principal

Dear parents and students,

We have had a busy and enjoyable end of term, including our Lucia at Tibble Theatre and traditional IEST end of school assemblies yesterday. Students need to be congratulated on their hard work and success in their school work and to their Approaches to Learning at school this term. Well done! Staff are to be warmly thanked for their dedication and professional support helping our students achieve their goals at IEST.

On behalf of the management and staff at IEST, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday.

Welcome back to a new and exciting "learning journey" on 10th January 2017.

Best Regards / Med vänliga hälsningar

Ms. Gina Ericsson
Principal IEST

Principal’s blog in October 2016


Dear Parents and Students,

We have had a wonderful start to the term and as the leaves turn golden we are looking forward to welcoming you into school next week for the Student, Parent Teacher talks (SPTs).  This is one of the most important times of year for us, as we believe the feedback we provide is key in enabling our students to understand their learning. Students, you have been working very hard and have already achieved some excellent results and you are really showing a positive approach to your learning at school in all you do. Well done to year 4 students, your positive and enthusiastic start at our school has been amazing.

Parents, please discuss the feedback our teachers have provided in the rubrics in school soft with your children: The key questions are: What have I achieved so far and what do I need to improve on in my subjects? How do I go about achieving this and which areas do I need to practice to become an expert learner?

Our focus this school year is a refocus on our Approaches to learning (ATLs). Being Punctual, Positive, Prepared, Active, Cooperative and Respectful are key tools in successful learning: Do I need to change the approach to my learning to achieve my goals in all subjects?

We have had a busy first half term, including extra activities such as the year 6 Aesthetics day, Year 9 canoeing day, Swedish author visits, European Language week, Sports Days and Orienteering.

We have one more week until the autumn break and during this week we have several fun activities in school including our annual dress up day for Halloween. We love to work hard, but play hard too at IEST.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you about up and coming events at our school:

  • Open House for new year 4 students on 19th November (By invitation only)
  • Cambridge University training days for teachers hosted at our school on 28th and 29th November
  • PRAO for year 8 and year 9
  • Lucia celebration 9th December (More details to come)
  • Year 7 Movie Night on 24th November
  • The Junior school “ Winter White” disco is planned for December 2nd

I am looking forward to welcoming you in to school next week and would like to thank our professional and creative staff and teachers for all they do to make IEST such an outstanding school.

I believe it is important in my role as Principal to actively listen, learn and lead our school and I am delighted to have such an experienced leadership team behind me to support with the operational aspects of running our school, so we also have time to focus on our strategic planning and focus on the quality of education and life- long learning at our school.

I would like to end by wishing you all a lovely autumn break and I welcome everyone back on November 7th.

Best Regards,

Ms. Gina Ericsson