Belarusian Pupils Win Medals at International Physics Olympiad
From July 11 to July 17, the 47th International Physics Olympiad took place in Zurich, Switzerland. Five high school students from Belarus represented the country at the event and all of them went home with medals, as well as an honorable mention.
Yan Lahouski and Andrei Kryshtopik, students of the Lyceum of Belarusian State University, were among winners of the competition. Yan won the silver medal while Andrei received an Honorable Mention.
Eryk Kamlyk from the Grodno City Gymnasium won the gold medal. Pavel Tsai from Minsk and Vitali Vistunou from Polotsk won bronze medals.
The International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) is an annual physics competition for high school students. It is one of the International Science Olympiads. The first IPhO was held in Warsaw, Poland in 1967. Each national delegation at IPhO is made up of at most five student competitors plus two leaders, selected on a national level.
In 2016, the event welcomed 400 participants from 84 countries. Young physicists went through two rounds of the competition, experimental and theoretical. The participants were given five hours to solve two problems in modern Physics. During the experimental round, it was possible to score twenty points. In the second, theoretical round the competitors could score thirty points.
All participants of IPhO also visited the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, famous for the high number of the Nobel Prizes awarded to its students or professors, twenty–one in total.
In 2017, the International Physics Olympiad will take place in Bali, Indonesia.