Weekly AiS Challenge Updates
Monday Morning Message, May 10th
We are hoping that the end of the school year
finds you looking forward to joining us for
some vacation learning. We want to be sure
we start the 2004-2005 year with the momentum
our AiSC Summer Teacher Institutes have
assured us in the past!
We would like you to keep open the two weeks
from June 28th - July 9th for STI04. We are
still do not know what form STI will take,
but we are planning to have an STI of some
sort take place during those dates.
We have thought about a residential workshop
at New Mexico Tech if we find funding. But we
are also thinking seriously about an online
workshop with regional meetings, online chats,
and threaded discussion. The amount of
face-to-face time will depend on our budget
as we come away from Awards Day.
We need your help with our planning. Please let
us know if you are interested in working with
us during these days. What topics would be
helpful? It would be great if you could think
back over the Challenge year milestones and
could tell us where you could use some coaching.
If there were a regional hands-on workshop (one
or two days?) in your neighborhood, what would
you like the agenda to include? Please let us
know what you need. It would be great if you
could Reply To All on this list so we could
brainstorm together. But a simple reply is
Looking forward to hearing from many of you!
And thanks to all of you for all you have
done in 2003-2004.
Tuesday Morning Message, May 4th
In following up on the hotel bills, we were pleased to hear
that both the Los Alamos Inn and the Hilltop House Hotel
were very happy with the behavior of the AiS Challenge
participants. The LA Inn said they had no complaints about
the students and there were no maintenance problems.
They said "Bring them back again!". The Hilltop House said
"They were all good kids" and that the manager enjoyed
helping some of the boys get their ties tied just right.
It is rewarding to get feedback like that so teachers, thanks
for your influence and you can be proud of the students you
brought to Los Alamos, and students, thanks for your good
behavior and the example you set for others.
Best wishes to everyone as the school year winds down,
study hard to do well on your tests.
Seniors, best wishes as you start another adventure whether
it is in college or some other endeavor.
To the rest you, this summer be thinking about what kind of
project you can Challenge next year and start recruiting team
members. Or investigate submitting your project in the
Westinghouse competition http://www.siemens-foundation.org
by October 1, 2004.
Anyone who would like feedback from the Expo judges, please
let us know. Next year we will try to make it so that you get
Please send thank you notes to those who sponsored the awards
you received. If you need contact information just let us know.
Special thanks to Michael Trahan, email@example.com, and
Nick Bennett, firstname.lastname@example.org, who were the head Finalist
and Expo judges.
Wednesday Morning Message, April 28th
What an exciting past two days it has been!
The Expo allowed everyone to present the results of their
efforts, the tours showed some of the things going on at
Los Alamos National Laboratory and everyone got to see
the ASCI Q supercomputers, and what a fantastic Awards
Now, your next assignment (the Challenge is never over)
is to get publicity for your team(s). See the press releases
under Publicity at the bottom of the Expo '04 page:
and the Ceremony Script (which I hope to get posted later
this afternoon), then get your local paper to interview you for
an article about your participation in the AiS Challenge.
Monday Morning Message, April 19th
Many of us will be together next week at the Expo and Awards Day!
It will be great to see you and your projects.
On this coming Wednesday, the 21st, the finalist judges will have a
conference call in the afternoon and Consult will call the teachers of
the six finalist teams. These finalists will also be posted on the
web site late afternoon on the 21st.
These teams will present to the finalist judges the morning of the
26th. Watch for that schedule online.
On Monday, the 26th, teams have another opportunity to become
finalists. The Expo judges will pick about six more teams to present
to the finalist judges the afternoon of Monday the 26th.
Please dress nicely for the Expo and the Awards Ceremony but
do bring comfortable walking shoes. On some of the tours you will
walk about three miles.
http://challenge.nm.org/AwardsDay to see which
hotel your team is staying in, to get a parking permit for the Lab,
to find directions to the Expo, the requirements for the display
board, the Expo schedule, and the rubric for the Expo judging.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
Science news! Researchers develop 3-D search engine.
The mind-boggling speed and reach of Internet search engines
mask a severe limitation: They are powered by words alone.
Computing researchers have developed new search engines
that can mine catalogs of three-dimensional objects, like airplane
parts or architectural features. All the users have to do is sketch
what they're thinking of, and the search engines can produce
We are so looking forward to seeing you all and are planning for
this to be the best Expo and Awards Day ever! We are proud of
all your work and you should be also!
Monday Morning Message, April 12th
We have had about 170 people register to attend the Expo
and Awards Ceremony and over 45 reports turned in.
Check them out at:
Each and every one of you is a winner!
Seniors, you have two days to get your scholarships into
our PO Box in Albuquerque. Details can be found at:
Don't forget your mandatory display poster. Details at:
Optional graphics poster details at:
If you are interested in a free scholarship to math camp
in Texas, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many details for you all!
Here is a great article:
In yesterday's Santa Fe New Mexican page B-3 there is a public
service announcement from the Santa Fe Public Schools.
"Taking the Supercomputing Challenge"
Students at the SER/SFPS Career Academy have fused together
two programs to create a great learning experience. Sarah Anaya
and Mario Larranaga are competing in this year's New Mexico
Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge. The Challenge is a
statewide computer modeling competition hosted by New Mexico's
two national labs and other private organizations. Students decide
on a topic to model and then determine what computer program to
use. Sarah and Mario are using the Starlogo agent-based computer
modeling system. Their project involves population genetics,
demonstrating how the breast cancer gene propagates through a
population. The Challenge Expo will be held in Los Alamos on
April 26th and 27th.
According to teacher Rhonda Ward, Sarah and Mario did an
excellent job taking a complex situation and translating it into
a real working program.
"We're proud of their achievement and we're so happy they have
this opportunity to showcase their talents."
Congratulations to Rhonda, Sarah and Mario! Great publicity
for the Challenge and for Starlogo. If you too can generate
some local publicity, that would be super.
See many of you in two weeks in Los Alamos. Schedules and
details are on our web page.
Monday Morning Message, April 5th
AiSCers! Consult would like to thank three people this
week for the work they are doing this month to gather
awards and scholarships for our celebration at LANL
on April 26th and 27th. They are:
Some highlights of their work are a one time $3500
scholarship to NMSU, donations for awards and a Star
Logo award, new this year.
- Marianne Granoff from ZiaNet, president of the
AiSC Board of Directors;
- Irene Lee, from Santa Fe Institute and StarLogo,
member of Consult; and
- Shaun Cooper, NMSU, AiSC judge
Here are important dates and deadlines:
Do you know anything about the FlashMob Supercomputing
event? Visit this link to read about it. A couple of years ago,
some students in the Challenge tried a much less extensive
version of this called a Beowulf project.
Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces on Monday,
April 26th at LANL!
Monday Morning Message, March 29th
Have you registered yet for Expo 2004/Awards Ceremony?
We are looking forward to seeing your report in nine days.
Here is the link to the details:
Please start thinking about the Graphical Poster: your
design could be the Challenge Logo for 2004-2005! It
is an optional project - but those of you who enjoy art
and graphics will want to create a design for all of us
to use next year.
You will need to bring a poster to the Expo. You have
time to work on this after the Final Report is submitted.
It doesn't hurt to start planning it now and then get it
finished after the Final Report is turned in. The best
poster becomes the cover for the Final Reports Publication.
Seniors, please look at the details for scholarships at
Did you get a chance to see the Five Planets? I hope so.
It was spectacular. This week you may be interested in
seeing the work of a high school student called "Pinpointing
Killer Asteroids". It can be found at:
Lots to do; please contact Consult if you have any questions!
Monday Morning Message, March 22nd
Many details are up on the web for Expo 2004 and Awards Day at
Please spend some time learning about the events there.
Here is are a few of the deadlines/timelines and web resources:
Graphics Poster for 2004-2005 AiSC Logo (Optional)
Directions around Los Alamos
Temporary Parking Permit
Last week teams from Chaparral Elementary School, Eldorado High, Farmington
High, Manzano High, Melrose High, Monte Del Sol School, Santa Fe Prep,
Shiprock High, and Tularosa High schools attended the Sandia National
Labs Tour Day. Students from Mrs. Noble's teams in Shiprock wrote to
Consult with comments:
what supercomputers look like and learned their names
a screen that has 40 projectors in the back
small objects that are hard to see
projects on model cars and the five senses
Some quotes from three of the students:
I have been participating in the challenge for two years.
It has steered me in direction in my career decision.
The tour offered great and interesting information from
what was being done in the laboratories and presentations
that were offered.
The presentation that I thought was really interesting was
the guy who was in the challenge a long time ago.
He really was inspiring to me.
We look forward to hearing highlights from other students
who attended the tour.
Consult would like to thank Tom Laub, AiSC judge, for his
time and expertise in organizing the annual Sandia Tour.
Science News: Tonight without telescopes you will be able
to see Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury plus the crescent
moon. For more information, please link to
It should be spectacular.
Tuesday Morning Message, March 16th
On Thursday we heard the good news that we were awarded $80,000 for
2004-2005 School Year in House Bill 2. Many thanks to all of you who wrote
to the governor to urge him to sign the legislation. We really appreciate
Some of our community toured Sandia National Laboratories yesterday
A former Challenge winner made a presentation. We ask those of you
attending to report on your favorite activity!
We have found a new site for finding mentoring help. It is at SEDL
(Southwest Educational Development Laboratory). Go to
http://www.sedl.org/scimast/archives/askquestion.html and fill out the
form on that page if you are looking for some assistance.
You now have about 22 days until your final report is due. That includes
weekends and is just three weeks. Plan according. You can find all the
details for final reports at
The Registration page for attendance at the Expo and Awards Ceremony
will be available by the end of the week. Watch for it at:
And did you know about the discovery of the 10th planet?
Monday Morning Message, March 8th
Remember that final reports do not have to be submitted
in hard copy, but you should not wait until 11:59 am on
Wednesday April 7th to send them to email@example.com
Next week we will have information about registering to
attend the Expo and Awards Ceremony. The housing costs
will be covered by the Challenge and several meals will be
provided. It will be similar to last year, so check out the
details of last year's Expo activities at:
Taking a chemistry class? Check out this Periodic Chart:
Next Monday over 50 Challenge participants will be taking
a tour of Sandia National Laboratories. If you are going, see
and if you aren't going, check that link in two weeks to see
what went on.
Remember if you have any questions, just ask us at:
Monday Morning Message, March 1st
Less than two months to go! The Final Reports are due by NOON
on April 7th, the Expo is Monday April 26th, and the Awards Ceremony
is Tuesday April 27th. The Expo and Awards Ceremony will be held
in Los Alamos at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. More details
will be made available later.
For the first 13 years of the Challenge, a hard copy report was required.
The last two years we have asked for an electronic copy (in Word) and
so this year, we will drop the hard copy requirement and see if we can
proceed with just electronic copies.
See the details at
Teams are further encouraged (but not required) to produce an HTML
version of the final report. An award for the "Best HTML Version of a
Final Report" will be given during the Awards Ceremony. For details see:
Several AiS Challenge participants will be taking a tour of Sandia
National Laboratories on March 15, 2004.
Special Scholarship Message, February 24th
This just in from:
Dr. Willard A. Smith, Professor
Center of Excellence in Information Systems
Tennessee State University
who is our NASA contact:
NASA MESSENGER Scholarship
The MESSENGER Scholarship was created to expand interest in the MESSENGER
mission and to support continuing education.
http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/scholarship/index.html for details
Monday Morning Message, February 23rd
There are still a few more slots available for the Sandia Labs
tour on March 15. See the February 10th MMM for details:
Congratulations to all the teams that presented their projects
to the judges this month. Now you have SIX weeks to finish up
and write your final report. The final written report is due on
NASA-supported researchers have discovered a weird new
phase of matter called fermionic condensates. See the details at:
Question for April 26th: Should there be any kind of organized
activities for the Expo participants on Monday night? If so,
what suggestions do you have?
Special message February 23rd
Dear AiS Challenge Friends,
We need each and every one of you to write to
Governor Richardson and ask him to support the
line item in House Bill 2 that is for the Adventures
in Supercomputing Challenge. With this money
from the legislature, we will be able to have an
AiSC program next year!
Contacts for Governor Richardson are
Office of the Governor
Santa Fe, NM 87503
Phone: (505) 476-2200
Fax: (505) 476-2226
Web based email only
We need to show him that there are students, teachers
and judges all over the state that support AiSC. Please
write, call, fax or email by Wednesday, February 25th!
Message for Teachers, February 18th
Training opportunity(ies) this summer
Dear Challenge Teachers:
The Santa Fe Institute is announcing its Summer Modeling Workshop which
will be held in Santa Fe in mid-July. Here is the link for information
This link to the StarLogo 2003 Website gives a lot of information about
the work that has gone on this year:
The Challenge judges who have been assessing the work of the Challenge
Teams over the last three weeks at Interim Evaluations are really
impressed with the work done by the students who are using StarLogo
for their models.
If you have any questions about the Santa Fe Institute Workshop, please
write to Irene Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan Yoon (email@example.com).
What about the Challenge Summer Teacher Institute? We hope to have an
STI in early June but our plans are still dependent on funding issues.
In any case, the Santa Fe Institute Workshop is outstanding. It is
designed for teachers of a variety of content areas and backgrounds in
math and science. It will be an excellent supplement to the work you
have done with the Challenge and will, I think, increase your preparation
for working with Challenge Teams. We hope you will be able to do both
STI and the Santa Fe workshop!
Tuesday Message, February 10th
One weekend of Project Evaluations over and two more weekends
to go. See
http://www.challenge.nm.org/evaluations for the details.
HB292 is progressing through the State Legislature so keep your
fingers crossed that the State will provide some funding for next
year's AiS Challenge.
The following is from Tom Laub of Sandia National Labs:
Sandia National Labs will host a tour day for participants in the AIS
Challenge on Monday March 15, 2004.
Students are eligible to come to the tour day if their team has submitted an
interim report and participated in the regional judging. Participants MUST
be US citizens.
Space is limited to 50 AiS participants and registration will be on a first
come first served basis. There is financial support available for lodging
for those schools traveling long distances (so they can spend the night
on Sunday). We will meet off-base and be bused on base with Sandia Lab
transportation. We will meet at 8:30 AM (We will let you know of the
location in a later email). We will be finished by 3:00 PM. Lunch will be
Please coordinate your participation through your sponsoring teacher so I
have one form per school.
I need the following information for every participant:
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
The Social Security Number and Date of Birth are critical as they are needed
to get visitor badges for access to Sandia National Labs Technical Areas.
In addition, all participants wishing to go on the tour MUST have a photo ID
to be admitted to Kirtland Air Force base and be badged by Sandia National
Please only make a reservation if you will be able to attend as space is
limited. I need your reservation by March 1, 2004.
You can either fax or email this information to me.
Attn: Tom Laub FAX Number 505-844-0092
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Message, February 2nd
We are still anxiously waiting for the opportunity to testify before
the State Legislature for HB 292 so that the AiS Challenge can
continue next year. The hearing will be held Wednesday afternoon.
Please send copies to consult of any letters you sent to your
representatives. See the New Flash for more details.
Mark your calendars now for the Sandia Tour on March 15.
Everyone is invited to come and participate and learn about
some things that are going on at Sandia National Laboratories,
more details later.
Project Evaluations are on this weekend in Portales, Silver City,
and Santa Fe. See
for details and email consult with any problems.
Check out "Earth Adventure" at the new LANL web site
"For Real" at
Special ACTION! Message, January 28th
We are very pleased to share some terrific legislative news
with you: Yesterday in the House a bill was introduced by
Representative Bobby Gonzales (Taos) and supported by
Speaker Ben Lujan for funding for the Challenge in Fiscal
The number of the bill is HB292 and it is named "MAKING
AN APPROPRIATION TO PROVIDE SUPERCOMPUTING
TRAINING TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS."
Here is a link to the bill:
The Bill will be heard by the Education Appropriation Committee
next week. We will be telephoned as to what day we need to
show up and give testimony. We will keep you posted.
Those of you who were at the Kickoff in Glorieta will remember
that we talked with you about our efforts to raise funds so that
the Challenge can continue beyond this school year. Governor
Richardson spoke to us about the importance of the Challenge
to you and to our state. So the AiSC Board and Consult
prepared a bill for the Legislature and as you see, it is being
sponsored by Representative Bobby Gonzales and Speaker
Lujan. Now we need to support Representatives Gonzales
and Lujan so that the bill be passed by the Legislature.
Please write to at least one member of the Legislative Finance
Committee and Legislative Education Study Committee and urge
them to support the House Bill 292 that funds the New Mexico
Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge. The legislators care
about what you think. They want to please their constituents.
You can write to your own representative, too, even if he or
she is not on one of these committees.
The letters need to be written and mailed as soon as possible -
and no later than next week.
If the Challenge does not receive funding from the Legislature
or from a grant, there will be no Challenge next year. It's as
simple as that.
Please take a few minutes to write a letter to support the AiSC.
It really will make a difference if you take the time to do this with
your teammates. We need your teachers, students, parents,
administrators, and community friends to write or phone their
legislators to ask for support for the Adventures in Supercomputing
Challenge. It would be great if you would also email us a copy of
your letters so that we can put them in a notebook and have them
to show the Committees when we go up to lobby for the bill.
PLEASE USE YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL ADDRESS INSTEAD
OF YOUR CHALLENGE ADDRESS IF YOU SEND EMAIL
INSTEAD OF WRITING A LETTER.
Here is information about whom to write to and a suggestion
for the letter itself.
This is the URL for the Legislature. From it you can figure out
who is your Representative and Senator.
There is a link on that page to find Representatives and
Senators based on your zip code. Find your legislators and
jot their names down (or copy them to a word processing
Then go back to
This time look on left panel and click on Membership under
On the Committees page, scroll down to Interim Committees
and click on Legislative Education Study Committee http://legis.state.nm.us/newsite/committeedisplay.asp?CommCode=ALESC.
Is your Senator or Representative listed there? Now go
the Legislative Finance Committee page: http://legis.state.nm.us/newsite/committeedisplay.asp?CommCode=ALFC.
Are either of your legislators there?
If none of your legislators are on either of these committees,
please select any committee member to write to. I think you
can write a good, simple letter without my telling you what to
say. Include the name of the bill and why the AiS Challenge is
important to you and your fellow students. Here is a sample.
The Honorable (name)
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Dear Representative (name):
I am at a student at (put in the name of your school) and I am
writing today to ask for your support of HB 292 "MAKING AN
APPROPRIATION TO PROVIDE SUPERCOMPUTING
TRAINING TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS."
I am on a Supercomputing Challenge team and it has been
important to me because (put whatever you think is appropriate
here, for example: I've learned how to work on science projects
using computers. I think this will help me when I go to college
and is preparing me for a career in technology).
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for taking time to do this. Your letter is key to
whether or not there is an Adventures in Supercomputing
Challenge next year.
AiSC Management Team
PO Box 30102
Albuquerque, NM 87190
Monday Morning Message, January 19th
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Evaluation Schedule is up on the Web at
Some of you have already reported conflicts and we'll be sorting those out this week.
The Evaluations are great practice for the Final evaluations. Each team has one-half for their presentation to the judges. You will have online access and MS tools. If you look at the form at the bottom of the Evaluations page you will see what the judges will be looking for.
If you have any questions about your presentation or equipment or software, please write to email@example.com.
Monday Morning Message, January 12th
Great job everyone on getting your Interim Reports submitted!
There are 64 available on-line on the Challenge web site.
To prepare for the February Project Evaluations, we suggest you
hold a Peer Evaluation late this month. Anita Gerlach, teacher from
Santa Fe, first proposed this event to the Challenge community.
Here is how she describes it:
I initiated the peer review many years ago. I ask students
to bring in scientists, parents, etc and also have the students
there. I have a rubric for judging which includes the topic,
student knowledge of the topic, student dress, the powerpoint
presentation, etc. The students present their projects just as
they would in April, except they are interim, not final. They
then are asked questions by the audience. Some parents
are very aggressive - so be it. I also ask the audience to
give constructive criticism, not destructive. Often a parent
agrees to help the students with their presentation. The
students receive all the feedback sheets, including one I
fill out. I videotape them and let them watch themselves,
as well. The presentations usually last about ten minutes
with 5-10 minutes for questions. It is quite a "heads up"
Other details are at:
We hope to have the schedules for February Project Evaluations
available by the end of the week. Watch the web site,
then let us know if there are any complications.
Has anyone experienced EXPLORA in Albuquerque?
to learn about some of the exhibits.
Monday Morning Message, December 22nd
Many of you may be out of school now and not read this until January,
but for those still reading email, Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Keep up with Santa on Christmas Eve at:
While you enjoy Christmas, some machines will still be working.
Take a look at
to see what Beagle is doing on Mars.
If the skies are clear on Christmas night, take a look at the Christmas
Sunset with the moon and Venus:
Or see what Saturn is up to as the clock strikes midnight on
WISE - The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
Description: WISE is a learning environment where students
in grades 5-12 examine real-world evidence and analyze
current scientific controversies. Tools allow data visualization,
modeling, simulations, on-line discussions, and assessment.
Monday Morning Message, December 15th
With Christmas break almost upon us, don't forget to submit an
interim report before the break! See
for the guidelines and to submit your Interim Report. Good job to
the eight teams that have already submitted their reports!
Be thinking about holding a peer review at your school towards
the end of January. See the link off of the dates page for January:
Check out this NASA link:
In an effort to foster hands-on, inquiry-based learning in science
and math, the NASA Glenn Research Center has developed a
series of interactive computer programs for students. All of the
programs are Java applets which run in your browser, on-line,
over the World Wide Web. The programs can also be downloaded
to your computer so that you can use them without being on-line.
The programs are in the public domain and are constantly being
modified and upgraded based on your input.
Monday Morning Message, December 8th
Two more weeks (or so) before Christmas Break and that
means you need to be working on the Interim Reports. The
main web page,
http://www.challenge.nm.org, has guidelines
and a link to submit your Interim Report. We have 74 Abstracts
in, let's see if we can get 74 Interim Reports posted by the
19th of December!
Here are some interesting URLs:
A beautiful show of space from the Hubble Telescope.
Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics and You - Powers Of 10: Interactive Java Tutorial
Career information for girls from Women In Science
Monday Afternoon Message, December 1st
1.12.03 or 1 December 2003
Perhaps some of you noted that if you write yesterday's date in the format
I'm using above, it makes a very satisfying palindrome.
This is a great slide show. Click on the picture under Space Chronicles.
So. Three weeks until the Interim Reports are due. How is it going?
Is your research going well? How about the math model?
Stay in touch!
Betsy for firstname.lastname@example.org
PS We misplaced a Compaq laptop at the Kickoff. Any ideas?
Monday Afternoon Message, November 24th
We hope that all of you have an excellent Thanksgiving Holiday. It's
gotten cold around the state but that's winter. We send warm greetings
your way and say again how glad we are that you are part of the 2003-2004
Here are some web sites that may be of interest to you:
NASA's Planetary Photojournal has beautiful photos taken on the various
NASA missions. The photos can be expanded and downloaded.
Interested in real time applications? J-Track 2.5 is a great way to
locate the Space Station, Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory
or any of your favorite satellites. We even add the Space Shuttle (during
missions). This tracker is also used by our remote scientists to keep up
with the mission.
WISE - The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
Description: WISE is a learning environment where students in grades 5-12
examine real-world evidence and analyze current scientific controversies.
Tools allow data visualization, modeling, simulations, on-line discussions,
Finding mentors? Research going well? Team sharing responsibilities? Are
you where you want to be on your timeline? Need help? Remember to write
to email@example.com if something isn't working for you and you'd
like us to think with you about the problem.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving and we'll be in touch next week.
Betsy, Celia, David, and Eric for Consult
Monday Afternoon Message, November 17th
17 November 2003
This is the time for you to be searching for mentor(s) for your project. Please first check out our mentor database at
Here is some information on HP's telementor project:
Winning past teams say that one of the most important parts of their AiSC
year is finding the correct mentor(s). Please write to
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or problems.
Being able to be specific and tell these mentors exactly want you want
assistance with will take practice and a complete understanding of your
real world problem. Create a practice message for your teacher to preview!
From our webpage:
Challenge Representatives will, upon request from students and/or teachers,
visit teams at their respective schools to address any issues, answer
questions and ensure that you can connect to New Mexico Technet and Los
Alamos National Laboratory. If it can be arranged, the Challenge
representative would like to meet with the Principal or Headmaster.
Your team will have until late December when the Interim Report is due,
December 19th to be exact, to refine your projects for the submittal of
the Interim Report and subsequent participation.
Each team must electronically submit a report that describes the project,
tells about the progress to date, and states the expected results of the
work. Details on how to submit that report will be in our next Monday
Our colleague, David Kratzer from Los Alamos, is going to be at the
Igniting Innovation, Supercomputing Conference in Phoenix this week,
representing our program. David, we will be looking forward to your report!
Here are some math models in medicine and bioscience from the Shodar
More resources on models.
Yes, we are saying that with a proper Internet search, you might be able
to find a math model for your project. Let us know if you need assistance
in this area.
The Shodar Foundation states
"When students learn to build models of the world around them in an
attempt to answer specific questions, they learn to inquire in an
authentic manner, and build their own understanding. Computational
science provides a content-rich method of inquiry-based learning.
Students learn to understand and appreciate the process of science.
Science today makes heavy use of computers for modeling, visualization,
and data mining."
Supercompute! Get your model, your visualization and data mining going
Betsy Frederick and Celia Einhorn for Consult
Monday Morning Message, November 10th
Well, we are off and running in the 14th Annual AiS Challenge!
The Kickoff Conference at Glorieta went well and hopefully all
the students learned something and have thought about their
projects, and abstracts, some more. Remember, the teams
can update their abstracts on the Abstracts web page. We
still need another twenty or so teams to submit abstracts.
We will be bugging you soon.
Late in the summer, we contacted the people listed on our
Mentors page, asking if they wanted to continue being on
that page and we removed some folks who would not be
able to help this year. If you don't get a response from
someone on the mentors list, please let us know. When
you contact a mentor, point them to your abstract and ask
very specific questions. Avoid messages like "we need help".
Wondering where all the participating schools are located?
See the School Map web page and scroll through the list
of participating school, which shows where they are located.
On the Dates web page, we did not advertise a February
Project Evaluation site for the southern part of the state as
we were waiting to see where the teams were from, before
selecting a site. There will be a Project Evaluation site (or two)
for the southern part of the state, so stay tuned.
We hope to add more of the class material from the Kickoff
to the Kickoff web page soon.
Anyone competing in the "Go Figure" math competition this Saturday?
Monday Afternoon Message, October 27th
Accounts for the 2003-2004 AiS Challenge on the computer
mode.lanl.k12.nm.us have been created. The login name is
in the form of chnnnaaa where nnn is the team number
(between 001 and 093) and aaa is the student's initials.
for a list of everyone's login name.
The student's assignment for this week is to complete
the Mode Tutorial:
by Friday noon.
The passwords for the accounts are the same as the online
registration passwords. If the student does not know their
password, (and they provided a valid email address when
they registered), have them go to
and if that does not work, send an email to consult.
The mode machine will be taken down on Friday at noon to
be taken to Glorieta.
Again, please submit team abstracts online at
http://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/abstracts and bring a hard copy
with you to Glorieta.
Monday, October 27th
We are looking forward to seeing each of you in one week.
You can see the Kickoff schedule at
In addition to a program of classes, each evening teams
can select a simulation activity or a movie. Information will
be in your teachers' registration packet.
Student accounts on the mode computer will be available
today. A separate message about them will be sent later.
We currently have 20 abstracts online. That means that 73
teams need to complete this task by the end of this week.
Team abstracts must be submitted before the kickoff conference.
You will not be able to upload abstracts after noon on Friday,
October 31. To submit, edit and view abstracts, please link to
Remember to bring a hard copy of your abstract with you.
We have several door prizes this year that will be given away
at the keynote on Monday. You can register for these gifts at
the College and Computer Fair in the Santa Fe Room next to
the cafeteria during lunch on Monday, 11:30 - 12:45.
Linens (towels, washcloths, bedding, pillow, blankets) are
provided by Glorieta, but you should bring your own toiletries.
All of the Monday Morning Messages can be found at
http://www.challenge.nm.org. Click on News Flash. Phone numbers
and other information can be found on the Flashes from the last
two or three weeks if you missed any of the MMMs.
BARK BEETLE BULLETIN:
Here is research on the bark beetle in the interior West
Look at the research, databases, models, software, and publications.
Do you think that this research will have any effect on the math model
and the computer programs we share with you at the kickoff?
The Clovis area teams got themselves some great publicity,
check it out at:
See you soon!
Monday, October 20th
This MMM has lots of information about the Adventures in
Supercomputing Challenge Kickoff at Glorieta.
Phone Numbers: If your family needs to reach you while
you are at Glorieta, they can call Betsy's cell 505.220.5050
or David's cell, 505.412.2559. Glorieta's number is 505.757.6161
Those arriving on Sunday for Session 1 registration (between noon
and 2:00) should eat lunch before arriving at Glorieta. Everyone has
lunch between noon and 1 on Monday before the Keynote. Lunch is
NOT served on Tuesday at the end of Session 2.
We will be utilizing dormitory style rooms this year. It is especially
important that you leave valuables at home. This includes laptops.
This is not to say you may not bring a laptop but that we urge you
to leave all your items of value at home.
Those teams who have submitted at abstract by Thursday, October
30th, will receive their AiSC Tee Shirts at registration. If you submit
your abstract at Glorieta, you will be given your Tee at that time.
Please direct any questions about any of these items to Consult -
NASA's Science News site, http://science.nasa.gov/, has lots of
good stuff this week about Leonid meteor showers, The Goldilocks
Zone, Black Hole Sound-waves, DNA and other topics.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Betsy for Consult
Monday, October 13th
Remember, we are asking teams to submit their abstracts for
the AiSC before traveling to Glorieta for the Kickoff. Please bring
a hard copy, too, for your discussions with the scientists.
We already have two abstracts from Yucca Jr. High, Clovis.
Congratulations go to them for being the first to submit their
abstracts. Outstanding, Mrs. Kemp and students! We will get
feedback to you shortly.
The number of students coming to each session at Glorieta is
about even, and we thank those schools that switched to help
make that happen.
If you are at the second step of finding a mentor at
please remember to attach your abstract to your email, so that
the mentor will know what you are working on.
We have a preliminary schedule for Glorieta posted at
http://www.challenge.nm.org/Glorieta and we are meeting Tuesday
to continue the planning.
We are getting T-shirts for all and bags for teachers. They'll be
sporting the logo designed by Manzano High School teammates Brian
Rosen and Alex Booker. They split a $100 cash prize for their
winning design at Expo 03 in the spring. Their logo also appears
on our website.
Here is a tip on backward planning. Follow this link,
to see what the judges will look for in April at the Expo.
The high point criteria for the areas of problem statement, mathematical
model, computational model, results and conclusions, code, and
poster display are clear goals for you now!
If you are having any difficulty choosing a problem or getting
your abstract written or understanding if your abstract really
is computational science, please write to email@example.com
Breaking Bark Beetle Bulletin
Here is a current link about the bark beetle infestation:
Here are some questions for you. What is more important to you:
landscape or location of your home? Which of the four solutions
for pinon protection do you prefer? Why are some beetles called
bad news beetles? Why in the world would we chose this topic
as a theme for a computational science project?
We are doing our research and sharing it with you. We are
looking for a mentor and a keynote speaker. We will be working
on mathematical and computational models to share with you at
Monday, October 6th
Have you thought of a good real-world problem to work on?
Remember that a computational science project has measurable
data. Review the flow chart to be sure that your idea can be
This year we are asking you to submit your abstracts before you
join us at the Kickoff in Glorieta, Nov. 2-3 or 3-4. Your session
depends on how far away you live from Glorieta.
The place to go to submit your team's abstract is
http://www.challenge.nm.org/Abstracts. You will need your team
number and your passwords from registration when you submit
the abstract. We will be creating the team numbers and mode
accounts very soon and will give this information to the teachers.
Plan to start submitting your abstracts next week. If you need
any assistance with your team number or passwords or with
submitting your abstract, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring the hard copy of your abstract to the Kickoff at
Please get your TEAFs and registration fees mailed in by
next Tuesday. Housing lists for Glorieta will be sent to the
teachers late this week.
This is Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and here is a great link about
the science behind ballooning.
MMM, September 29th
AiSC Students and Teachers,
DETAILS OF THE KICKOFF!
Keep an eye on the Kickoff webpage for news and updates.
Three hundred and nineteen students and 44 teachers have
registered to participate in the 14th Annual AiS Challenge.
There are 71 teams registered so far but 55 students have
registered as participants but have not registered as a team.
Please visit the registration page and sign up your teams!
https://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us (see the middle of the page).
REGISTRATION FOR the AiSC YEAR
The fee to register for the AiS Challenge is $30 per student.
Since teachers do so much for their students, they are not charged
the registration fee. The fee and the TEAF are due on October
14. You can find the TEAF at:
Please send both the registration fee and TEAF to NMAISC, P.O.
Box 30102 Albuquerque, NM 87190.
BREAKING BARK BEETLE BULLETIN
How can we predict the epidemic of bark beetles in our state?
How can we model a prediction of the spread of the disease and
use a computational tool to demonstrate this model? Can we develop
a prevention strategy based on our understanding of the spread
of the disease? Please see this link to an overview of the process
of computational science:
Here are some pictures showing the devastation caused by bark
Please start choosing a problem from an area of science that
is of particular interest to you and your teammates. You will
be writing a abstract for you problem outlining your plan. We
will have details up shortly about how to submit that abstract
before you come to Glorieta. At Glorieta, your team can work
on it with scientists and add to it with the new tools you learn
Links to information about abstracts can be found on the Challenge
Successful AiSC teams attribute their success to having a mentor
who really helps with either scientific or math research, a math
model, use of a computational tool, or suggestions about a doable
project. Write to any person on our database at
for assistance now!
Got questions? Write to email@example.com!
AiS Challenge, 09/24/2003, Wednesday Afternoon Message
Sorry about not getting out a Monday Morning Message but
the funding for the Glorieta Kickoff was again in question and
that needed to be dealt with. Tuesday the Glorieta planning
committee met in Santa Fe.
Hopefully next week we will be able to provide you more
details about the Kickoff Conference that will be held at
Glorieta November 2-4. Keep an eye on the Kickoff webpage
as it develops:
About 234 students and 37 teachers have registered to participate
in the 14th Annual AiS Challenge so far. Unfortunately, about
138 students who have registered as participants have not
registered as a team yet. Please visit the registration page
and sign up your teams!
https://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us (see the middle of the page).
The fee to register for the AiS Challenge is $30 per student.
Since teachers do so much for their students, they are not
charged the registration fee. The fee is due, along with the
on October 14th. Send it to NMAISC, P.O. Box 30102
Albuquerque, NM 87190.
BREAKING BARK BEETLE BULLETIN:
As Eric and I were driving to Glorieta yesterday we noticed
A LOT of dying pinon trees. See if you can count the dying
trees when you travel to Glorieta. Our theme project during
the classes at the Kickoff will be the study of the Bark Beetle
infestation. Can we save the pinons? More information to come.
SCIENCE TIP OF THE WEEK: New Mexico scientists working
at Sandia and Los Alamos Laboratories are recognized for
their Research and Development breakthroughs. Will you
be listed in these types of announcements in ten years?
AiS Challenge, 09/15/2003, Monday Morning Message
Seventy four students and teachers have registered so far
for the 14th Annual New Mexico Adventures in Supercomputing
Challenge. Please register at http://www.challenge.nm.org
and click on Registration in the upper left corner.
If you haven't registered yourself and your teammates as a
team yet, please do that soon on the Registration page.
The Kickoff Conference will be held at the Glorieta Conference
Center (15 miles north of Santa Fe on I-25) on November 2-4.
Schools more that 100 miles from Glorieta will come in on
Sunday afternoon November 2, spend the night, and leave
Monday around 2:00 pm. Schools closer than 100 miles from
Glorieta will come in Monday morning, spend Monday night
and leave Tuesday before lunch.
SCIENCE TIP OF THE WEEK: Going UP? Will you ride this
elevator some day?
AiS Challenge, 09/08/2003, Monday Afternoon Message
The AiS Challenge board meet last Thursday to brainstorm
ideas for a Kickoff since New Mexico Technet will not be
able to fund it this year. We found that the rates at Glorieta
are less in November so we are looking into the possibility
of holding the Kickoff Conference on November 2-4 (having
two sessions as in past years) and are looking for other
sponsors to help cover the Conference costs. The
registration fee for participation in the Challenge will
be $30 per student.
We encourage teams to do some team building events to
raise their registration fees and/or find local businesses or
organizations that would like to sponsor their team. (We
would always be happy to get other sponsors of the AiS
Challenge to add to our list at:
Registration is open and 28 people have registered so far at:
SCIENCE TIP OF THE WEEK: Take a look at
http://math.nist.gov/ for interesting topics relating to
Math, Statistics and Computational Science (including
Tuesday, September 2, 2003
Registration is now open for the 14th Annual New Mexico
Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge!
and click on Registration
at the top of the left hand panel. All teachers and students
need to register and the students need to register as teams.
If you have any problems registering, please email consult!
Teams should be gathering ideas for their project and starting
to compose an abstract. See the AiS Challenge archives for
previous year's abstracts to use as examples.
SCIENCE TIP OF THE WEEK: Where will you be in 2014?
First observed in New Mexico, an asteroid on it's way to earth:
David, AiS Challenge Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 25, 2003
Good Monday Morning!
This is the first Monday Morning Message for the 2003-2004
AiS Challenge (the 14th Annual).
The AiS Challenge board is very excited about this year as
we have had a good summer with a great Summer Teacher
Institute at San Juan College in July, and the addition of the
Cyber Defenders Institute for students, also at San Juan
College in Farmington in July.
Many people have contacted us about having teams this year
so we expect several new schools to participate.
We hope to have the web page, http://www.challenge.nm.org,
updated very soon to include an Invitation to Participate, the
link to the registration page, and the updated AiS Challenge
handbook. We expect to open up registration on Tuesday
morning, Sept. 2nd.
We are a little concerned about the Kickoff Conference,
usually held at the Glorieta Conference Center. New Mexico
Technet will not be able to fund the event this year so we are
brainstorming alternatives. The AiS Challenge board will be
meeting in Albuquerque on September 4th to consider possible
alternatives. The Kickoff had been planned for October 19-21st.
SCIENCE TIP OF THE WEEK: Be sure to look up and see Mars,
its the best view for the last 60,000 years!
LIST MANAGEMENT: If you are no longer involved in middle
school or high school education and would like to be removed
from this list, please let us know by sending an email to
email@example.com and we will remove you. If you
know of someone who is interested in the AiS Challenge
and would like to receive these mailings, have them send
firstname.lastname@example.org an email. If you need to talk to
some one by phone, call David at 505-665-4444x811.
AiS Challenge Consulting, email@example.com