The day of the final. The Swiss were right in the middle. Nervous, but well prepared they made their way to the university to give their best in the final. Before, they had never presented in front of such a large audience.
For Switzerland the final started with Zara’s opposition to problem number 15, Contactless Calliper. Chinese Taipei’s report was rater weak for a final. Zara criticized Chinese Tapei for their limited experimental and theoretical investigation. Her opposition received 7.22 solid points. One has to mention that this was her first time on stage at the IYPT, doing this on such a large stage and succeeding is a huge achievement.
Afterwards it was time for Kathrin’s report. For the second time she presented problem number 6, Electric Honeycomb. In the preliminary round she had already demonstrated that her theoretical and experimental investigation of the phenomenon was of high quality. Germany’s opposition appreciated her experimental investigation, but expressed criticism for her theory. The opponent did not fully comprehend the derivation. With her report Kathrin received 7.22 points for the Swiss team.
After Switzerland was the observer for one round it was time for the review. Singapore presented problem number 2, Lagging Pendulum. The presentation was sensational. Measurements and theory were on point. Therefore, Émilie had a hard task with the review. She faced the challenge and received 6.94 points.
With that it was determined. With 43.1 points Switzerland placed third! Everyone is very proud of the sensational accomplishment of the team. The next days they will spend relaxing and sightseeing in Ekaterinburg.