Physics Internal Assessment – Roller Skate Experiment

In the 2DP, students have to do an Internal Assessment, which is a detailed investigation, in every class. In Physics class a student wanted to observe how the spinning velocity of a skater is influenced by the position of the arms. In the videos we can see the experiment that was performed with the student spinning with her arms wide open and then close to her body. The video will be analyzed with a special software in order to get the data for the angular velocity. It is obvious from the video that when the arms are closer to the body of the skater, she spins faster.

Seguimos adelante con el proyecto “Building Rockets”

Seguimos trabajando en la construcción de un cohete con algunos alumnos de 1DP. 

Los profesores Sr. Enric, Sr. David y Mr. Aris, son los encargados de ir coordinando a los alumnos y en general el proyecto.

Disfrutamos mucho cada vez que se realizan ensayos de ignición y combustible en el campo de fútbol que tenemos al lado de la C-17.

LAB experience (ESS-DP)

Students have gone today to the laboratory to model feedback loops using basic laboratory equipment (beakers, thermometer, hot plate, water and ice) This type of experiments allow them to understand how real ecosystems work in the real world and how can all pieces on Earth keep in equilibrium even though they suffer alterations such as volcanic eruptions, heavy storms or periods of extreme drought.


Yesterday, the ex-student Mariona Vidal came to school to give us a talk regarding the IB, the application to universities, and health sciences’ degrees. From a 2DP student’s point of view, the talk was very useful and interesting. Not only I got to learn about the planning and application to universities, but I also started growing interest in biomedical engineer due to her clear explanations of how the degrees worked.

Mariona graduated from the degree of human biology in the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She gave us an insight of how her university works, how the credit in university function, and all the experiences abroad she has lived. Throughout the talk, there was an interesting debate regarding subject combinations and the differences between degrees, and really had an impact on our choices when applying to university.  We thank Mariona to come and use her free time to talk to us, answer to all our questions, and explain in detail how university life is. This process became a little less stressful than before.

by DP students.

Sampling strategies and soil quality in the school forest

First IB ESS students are learning to perform different sampling techniques in the school’s forest. This will help them understanding how ecologists perform the analysis of the different organisms that live in certain areas so us analyze the quality of the soil. All this experiments are fundamental to understand the subject and perform their IA next

Emma Pastor: Science Summer Programs in the United States

Last year I decided to take a summer program in the University of Pennsylvania on biomedical research. This course lasted three weeks and was one of the best experiences I have ever lived. Aside from meeting people from all around the world and making new friends, I also learnt many new things. During the course, I did lectures in the mornings, journal clubs where I investigated a cure for Alzheimer’s and lab practices in the afternoon. My favorite part of the experience was getting to work in a lab. There I was not only able to learn new theory, but I was also able to do some hands on projects such as finding out my blood type while using centrifuges and PCR. I definitely recommend this experience to anyone interested in biomedical research since you gain so much knowledge, skills and friends.

This year I also decided to apply to another summer program, but this time an online one. I was accepted last week into the Biomedical Engineering Innovation program in Johns Hopkins University. I am very excited about the 4-5 week program where I will study, do discussions and my own lab projects at home. Applying to the program was a long process, but definitely worth it. To apply I needed to get excellent grades, since it is a very rigorous course, a teacher recommendation, which I got from my biology teacher, and I had to write a short essay explaining why I wanted to do this summer program. It took a couple of weeks to get everything together and all of the transcripts, and after submitting everything, it only took one week for them to accept me. I am looking forward to this amazing experience.

BY: Emma Pastor Goodingham