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Korea beckons for two students after engineering success.

Korea beckons for two students after engineering success.
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On Their Way: (L-R) Charlie and Eric with their wind-powered rice-crushing machine

Two students from Internationella Engelska Skolan Lund will face competitors from around the world when they represent Sweden in the Enlightening Imagination competition.

For their entry to the international maths and science contest Eric Portela and Charlie Malmqvist, from class 9A at IES Lund, designed a machine which can harness the power of the wind in Scania to crush rice, producing rice flour.

Their machine impressed the judges, who have now named them as the national champions for Sweden. 

Eric said: "I was in shock when they said that we had won, I couldn't think of that in the beginning, it was indescribable.  It was a good feeling though. Everything came out of my head from nowhere.  We didn't really have a plan from the beginning, but we had lots of inspiration from my parents, and our teacher Ms Sundin gave us some inspiration that we should use the powerful wind."

Charlie added: "It was a bit of work to build the machine, it took some time and thinking and it was a bit of a challenge.

"It is really exciting to go to South Korea, it is our first time to visiting Asia.  I am looking forward to the food. I haven't been there so I don't know a lot about it.  We get to stay there for a week.  The furthest I have been before is to Bulgaria."

As well as building their design the two students also produced a video about their device, in English, which they sent in support of their entry.

In picking the two Lund students to represent Sweden the judges said: "Their video and concept shows much appreciation for our Korean culture. They have not only shown effort to translate the material into English so that we could understand, but have also deeply researched into our traditional mill background and showed much creativity and intellect in their design."

The two students will now represent Sweden at the international event at Daejeon in South Korea during the autumn break, accompanied by Ms Sundin, academic manager for Internationella Engelska Skolan Lund.



Security theme day

Security theme day

On the Wednesday of May 27 2015 the school security group hosted a theme day on security for all students at IESL. We were visited by representatives from the ambulance services, the fire brigade and the police.

Since it was our first theme day there were some tremours in the beginning but when we ended the sessions at lunch time all classes had listened to and got to ask questions to our guests. These had nothing but praise for the very nice and polite students at IESL!

The fire brigade talked about how hot a room can get when there's a fire.We will now evaluate what worked and what didn't, as well as what we and you thought in order to make our forthcoming theme days even better.

Astronaut at IES

Astronaut at IES

Image: The astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy at IES

The French autronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy visited IES Lund on a Friday in March. After a grand enterance on the school yard where he was greeted by all the students there followed an exciting and interesting Q&A where our students got to know such things as how one sleeps in space and how thin the atmosphere actually is.

Jean-Francois Clervoy (who can call himself both astronaut and cosmonaut) works for ESA, the European Space Agency and he has done three missions to space: he has visited the Russian space station MIR and also been a part of fixing the flying telescope Hubble. All in all he has spent 28 days, 3 hours and 5 minutes in space!

Jean-Francois Clervoy
Jean-Francois Clervoy

Job safari at IES

Job safari at IES

Image: The Swedish armed forces visited IES Lund

The IES career counselor has invited several different "jobs" to the school to let the students meet people from different lines of works. So far the Swedish armed forces, a psychiatrist from Råby Youth home and a doctor has visited us. Coming later are a specialist in nano technology, professional athletes from Polhemsskolan, a hairdresser, a priest and a flight controller.

There will also be two workshops in a local high school where our students will get the chance to try their programmes.

Student Work



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