Supercomputing Challenge

Weekly News Flashes

Monday Morning Message, May 15, 2006

Another great year of the Supercomputing Challenge has drawn to a close. We wish you well as you finish up this semester.

Congratulations to all the graduating seniors and best wishes for your future, remember that there are still opportunities for you to help out the Challenge.

To the rest of you, we hope you will enjoy your summer and be ready to "Take the Challenge" again next year. Start thinking about possible projects and team members. Visit the Challenge website in August to see the updated invitation to participate.

Teachers, remember the Summer Teacher Institute starting July 16th in Santa Fe.

If you are a junior (going to be senior next year) that lives near Santa Fe and who wants to come to STI as a day student, please contact us.

Looking forward to the 17th annual Supercomputing Challenge!

Betsy, Celia, David
Supercomputing Challenge Consulting, consult @

Monday Morning Message, May 1, 2006

Congratulations to all the Challenge participants.


See highlights of the Expo and Awards Ceremony at: under Awards Ceremony and the press coverage at:
Send us any other links you find.

We apologize for not including Janet Penevolpe from Rio Rancho High School in our list of first year teachers.


Teachers, we are now shifting into high gear with planning for the Summer Teacher Institute so please register if you are interested in participating so that we can firm up logistics.

Thank Sponsors

Please take the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the Challenge. If you could also mention the Challenge to your local legislators and let them know that their support of the Challenge is important.


Thanks to the students from Las Cruces High and Onate High for helping to put chairs away after the Awards Ceremony.

Next Year

It is not too early to starting thinking about next year's Challenge. Recruit friends and discuss possible projects over the summer.

Supercomputing in the News:

Space-based supercomuter in design at Los Alamos

Monday Morning Message, April 17, 2006

Dear Challenge Community,

Here is your current Challenge checklist:

Housing Lists

Under Directions/Housing/Parking at

Tentative Expo Schedule

Following items are prohibited on the tours:

  • Firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, explosives, incendiary & explosive devices. (This include pocket knives with blades longer that 2.5 inches.) So leave your big knives, leather-mans, and such at home or in the car/bus.
  • Privately owned recording equipment (audio, video, optical, or data). So leave your cameras, mp3 players, etc in the car/bus.
  • Privately owned electronic equipment with a data exchange part capable of being connected to automated information systems equipment.
  • Privately owned cellular telephones. So leave your cell phones in the car/bus.
  • Privately owned radio frequency transmitting equipment.
  • Privately owned computers and associated media.
  • Controlled substances including illegal drugs and associated paraphernalia (less prescription medicine).
  • Other items prohibited by law.

April 24th, 5-7 PM Bradbury Museum Reception

Supercomputing News

Los Alamos computers probe how giant planets formed at

Got Questions?

consult @

Betsy, Celia, David, Irene and Nick

Thursday Evening Message, April 13, 2006

Challenge Community!

Some notes for you:

HTML Award

We already have one entry for the Best HTML version of a Final Report. The entries for the HTML award are due April 17th. If you can zip or tar up the files and send them to that would be great. Send consult the URL! Those of you using StarLogo in your project, you can embed your StarLogo model as an applet in your web page! Details below.


Teams who are planning to compete in the Best HTML Report category, and who used StarLogo for their programs, should keep in mind that it is possible (and quite easy, in most cases) to include your model as an applet in a web page. Here are simple instructions (copied from the StarLogo FAQ) for doing this:

"When you are ready to save your desired project, choose "Save Project as Web Page" from the File menu. You will first be prompted to save the StarLogo version of this project (a .slogo file) and then to choose a name for the .html file. To allow the applet to be run over the web, place a copy of starlogo.jar, your project (.slogo) file, and your web page (.html) file all in the same directory, and then load the .html file into your browser. On a Mac, the starlogo.jar file can be found in the StarLogo folder. Windows users can find it inside the Internal StarLogo files folder. We have confirmed that this applet will run on PCs using Internet Explorer and Netscape. If you don't have the Java plug-in for Netscape, your browser will prompt you to download it when you try to load the applet. If you're using a Mac, you will need to use Max OS X's Safari and Java 1.4.2 or later."

As always, make sure you test your model after doing this, to make sure everything works correctly!

Source Code

Although it is not required, some teams prepare handouts for the Expo and/or Finals judges; this helps ensure that - between the presentation and the handout - the judges get a full overview of the project. Some teams hand out copies of their final reports, updated to reflect any late progress in the project; others prepare shorter summaries of their projects to give to the judges. In any case, if you and your team are thinking of doing this, you might consider including the source code for your program (or at least for the most important parts of your program); this would be an especially good idea for finalist teams that did not include the source code in their final reports, or for teams that made significant enhancements to their programs after the final report was turned in.

Scholarships, once again!

Sponsors of the Supercomputing Challenge have provided more scholarship opportunities this year than ever before.

Seniors, apply for these!


In order to make it easier to apply, you can send consult an email with a description of your contributions to the team. Have your teacher send an email describing your contributions from their perspective. You can also have teammates or mentors provide supporting letters. Please have those emails to us by next Wednesday, the 19th. Then bring a copy of your transcript with you to Los Alamos on the 24th.

Help us give all the scholarship money away this year!

Computers at the Expo

Windows laptops will be available in the Finals judging rooms, but that if a team wants to demonstrate their running programs during the Expo judging they need to bring their own computers.

Double Check Expo Schedule

Check to see what time your team is scheduled to present your project during the Expo at: and plan to be there about a half an hour early to set up, but remember that other teams are probably presenting so be considerate of them. The schedule will be updated after the Judges conference call on Wednesday afternoon.

After your team has presented, please take all your valuables and electronic devices back to your vehicle and get ready to go on a tour. We want to keep the Expo area for teams setting up and presenting.

Double Check Housing List

Go to and look over the three hotel housing lists to see where you have been assigned.


Next week the directions web page will be updated to indicate where possible parking is available and how to get to the hotels and the Study Center which will be our base of operations.

We are all looking forward to seeing you soon!

Monday Morning Message, April 10, 2006


Congratulations to all of you! You have completed most of the Challenge milestones. Now you need to get ready for the EXPO. The finalists' judges will have a conference call on Wednesday, April 19th and pick about half of the finalists teams. Those results will be posted on the web and the teachers will receive a phone call. The other half of the finalists will be chosen at the Expo, Monday morning, the 24th!

51 teams made the noon deadline for final reports. They are all posted online as PDF, thanks to David Kratzer. You can view them at


Please continue to view the information for the Expo/Awards Day at as it is subject to change. The housing list is be posted shortly and when it is, please check to see if everyone who is coming is listed and let us know if someone listed is not coming.

All teams must bring a display board for their project. Details at

Expo teams will give a presentation to a panel of judges on Monday Morning, the 24th. The Expo Rubric is available at

Tours of LANL will take place after your Expo/Finalist presentation.


The Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) will host a reception for Challenge participants on Monday night, April 24th, from 5:00-7:00. The BSM continues to be the window to the Los Alamos National Laboratory with exhibits, films and hands-on activities that interpret Laboratory history, its national security mission, and its current research. Don't miss this opportunity! Refreshments!


Seniors! Please apply for the scholarships available. Details at

HTML Version of your Final Report: April 17th

Logo for next year: Bring your posters to the Expo. This is an optional competition. Details at


Check out all the awards available this year at


Please contact consult @ with any questions.


Congratulations to team 54 from Manzano High and team 126 from St. Pius for making it to the State Science Fair at New Mexico Tech in Socorro over the weekend with their Challenge projects. Congratulations to other Challenge participants that were there with different projects. If you are not a senior, plan now to submit next year's Challenge project to the science fair.


This topic may be of interest to many of you as your projects are about flu epidemics. Avian flu modeled on LANL supercomputer, explores vaccine and isolation options for thwarting a pandemic. Please visit

It will be great to see most of you later this month!

Monday Morning Message, April 3, 2006

Happy April!


Final reports due: Wednesday, April 5th, at noon No time extensions! Guidelines and examples at

Register to attend the Expo in Los Alamos by April 5th at


Congratulations to Onate High School's Team 74 for being the first team to get their report in. Way to go!


Read about the Expo at: and register at: Some of the information will be updated as soon as we have your registration information (we are expecting that more people will be attending than will fit into the auditorium).


Great news for seniors! There is A LOT of scholarship money available this year. Take a look at the scholarship web page at: and get those applications in by the 12th.


The Bradbury Science Museum (BSM) will host a reception for Challenge participants on Monday night, April 24th, from 5:00-7:00. The BSM continues to be the window to the Los Alamos National Laboratory with exhibits, films and hands-on activities that interpret Laboratory history, its national security mission, and its current research. Don't miss this opportunity!


High Performance (Potato) Chips (or The Aerodynamics of Pringles)
Even Proctor and Gamble uses high performance computing

Monday Morning Message, March 27, 2006


April 5th: Final paper electronically sent by noon
April 5th: Register for the Expo, April 24th and Awards Ceremony, the 25th
Details at

Report on Sandia Tour

Thank you all so much for allowing us the opportunity to tour Sandia Labs. We truly appreciate everyone who worked to make this possible.
Michael Scott

Sandia Tour

By Michael Scott and Stephanie Romero from Melrose

Sandia National Laboratory is a facility to develop technological solutions that support our national security and counter national and global threats.

On March 20, 2006, selected Challenge participant students from across the state toured Sandia National Laboratories for a full day.

The first stop of our tour was a large room filled with desks, chairs, and an overhead projector. Our first speaker, Dr. Curtis Johnson, presented his works on "Computers and the Brain". He discussed the fascinating topic of magnetic energy actually affecting a human's free will.

Presenter Debby Tewa showed us how renewable energy sources play an important role in our society as well as our economy. She presented information from simple windmills to the gigantic turbines of the wind farms.

The last presenter was Dr. Neal Shinn who explained "Nanotechnology". While we all think that this is something to be considered in the future, Dr. Shinn gave us current, real life examples of nanotechnology. Some examples currently using this technology are stain proof materials and sunscreens.

After lunch at the Thunderbird Cafe we broke into two groups. Our groups then toured the building that houses "Red Storm". Red Storm is one of the world's largest supercomputers. Our tour guide explained how the processors work together and the safeguards used to prevent viruses or hackers. It was amazing to be inside a super computer.

We then went to an area called J-cell. Our presenter, David Rogers, discussed the gigantic screen and how its higher resolution can help people "visualize" the work that is being done on the computers. He showed us how this technology was useful in helping NASA investigate the Challenger disaster.

Our last stop was to visit the Cyber Defenders program. This program intended for high school and college students provides an opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Our hosts, Karin Shanklin, and Bryan Richardson, showed us a simulation of a city being run by energy turbines. They demonstrated a variety of functions and alerts in their model.

After we left the Cyber Defenders we climbed aboard the Sandia Tour bus to go back to our hotel.

We would like to thank everyone involved who helped organize this tour. We realize that there were many people involved in the planning and organization of our tour. Our appreciation especially goes to Mr. David Kratzer and Mr. Tom Laub.

Leveraging -

"Positional advantage; power to act effectively" from

Ask your English teacher to assist you with your final report and get credit for your writing.


Kudos to Navajo Prep team, Rochelle Vandever, Raquel Hill, Simone Iron Shell, and Sponsoring Teacher, Mavis Yazzie who took their StarLogo Challenge project, on Traveling Virus, to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Science Fair. The NM Women in Science and Engineering recognized them with an award.

Science News--Advances in Computing Will Drive Science

Microsoft Research Cambridge, in association with 34 distinguished scientists, has published a set of new findings that indicate advances in computing are set to radically transform science and play a critical role in tackling key global challenges, from the environment and energy to medicine and health. The report, "Towards 2020 Science", is the first to comprehensively analyze the potential of computer science to transform the way science is conducted to the year 2020 and beyond. "Towards 2020 Science" calls upon the science and computer science communities as well as policy-makers and education leaders to support this revolutionary shift. See and

Tuesday Afternoon Message, March 21, 2006

Welcome to Spring!

Final Reports

It's just two more weeks until your final reports are due. See for guidelines and submission details. As final reports are received, they will be posted to the web site. You can also be working on the HTML version of your final report and finish polishing that up after you submit your written report as the deadline for the HTML version is April 17th.


Plans are coming along for the Expo and Awards Ceremony activities. See the Challenge web site for details.

Every team who submits a final report is automatically invited to come to the Expo and present their project. We do need to know who is coming and what housing needs there will be so please register at the Expo web page on or before the 5th of April.

Sandia Tour

Yesterday several Challenge participants enjoyed touring Sandia Laboratories and hearing about exciting work that is being done there. We hope to share some reports of students in the next MMM. Some information about the Tour is at:

Science News

A University of Florida-led research team has developed a mathematical approach to airline scheduling that could lead to substantial savings for United Airlines, which helped sponsor the research, and eventually for other airlines as well. More at

Monday Afternoon Message, March 13, 2006

May the luck of the Irish be with you this week!

Sandia Tour

Those of you attending the Sandia Tour on Monday, March 20th, please meet at 8AM at the Days Inn in Albuquerque located on Hotel Avenue. Hotel Avenue is just south of Lomas (between Lomas and I-40) and East of Eubank. The Days Inn is just east of Eubank. The address is: 10321 Hotel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123-1256. The phone number for the Days Inn is 505-275-3297.

Final Report Deadline and Guidelines

Every team is required to submit an electronic copy of the final report via e-mail - e.g. as a Microsoft Word document (team_xx_report.doc) attached to an e-mail message to

Tips for writing your report

This kind of technical writing could be useful in your college and work careers! See if you can get English credit for your work too.

The submission deadline for your report is NOON on April 5th.

Programming Tips from Nick Bennett

Please go to our Challenge Forum and look at the Programming Thread. (or click on Discussion Forum on the Challenge home page). You can register yourself by clicking on Register in the menu towards the top of the page.

Here are the list of threads:

Practices: Using abbreviated StarLogo and NetLogo commands
Practices: Naming conventions
Practices: Formatting code (spaces, indents, wrapping, etc.)
Practices: Coding conventions in general
Reflections and suggestions on programming practices
and a [Poll] Basic: for n00bs(?)

Perhaps there is exactly what you are looking for there or you can ask Nick for some advice on your code.

Expo and Award Ceremony Details

Thanks to David Kratzer there are many details for April 24th and 25th at

We will continue to send you reminders about final reports, and judging.

Supercomputing News

Japan has unveiled their fastest supercomputer yet. Assembled from Hitachi and IBM components, the new system sports total performance around 59 trillion calculations per second and comes at a cool 5-year lease price of $30 million. Pictures of the beast can be found at the Mainichi Daily News.

Friday Night Message, March 3, 2006

Dates to Remember

  • The Final Reports are due April 5th, at NOON.
  • The Expo is April 24th.
  • The Awards Ceremony is April 25th.

Posters to Think About

These posters are not to be done in the car or bus on your way to Los Alamos.

  1. A display board is mandatory and directions can be found at This may be your technical poster entry which will be the cover of the final reports booklet. A $100 award will go to the team with the best entry.
  2. A graphical poster which will be next year's logo for the website, the t-shirts, the teachers' bags, stationary has an award of $200 for the winning team! Get creative and share the best logo!


If you need a mentor, please contact If you use our mentor database and get no response, please let us know so we can update it.

Sandia Tour

If you are signed up for the Sandia Tour, download the paperwork, fill it out, and bring it with you. For details about the Sandia Tour see

We are planning a StarLogo tutorial on Sunday afternoon or evening for teams available. Details coming shortly.

Science News

Why Mathematical Modeling is Important

Nowadays, people like to have reliable weather forecast for the day; they also like to have more powerful computers that are cheaper, cars that are nicely designed, reliable, and loaded with safety features and that have good mileage. Read more at

Monday Morning Message, February 27, 2006

February Evaluations

All current teams have completed their February presentations. You should have received a form from the judges giving you feedback. If you want more feedback, please do not hesitate to email the judges who viewed your presentation. Their email addresses are on the evaluation page schedules. We hear that there are some great contenders for this year's awards!

A Pep Talk

You have made it this far! You have spent many hours researching, writing technical reports, teaming, programming and now it is time to promise yourself that you can finish this commitment you made to be in the Supercomputing Challenge. Let's not have any attrition from now until Awards Day! Let us know how we can help.


We learn that most work on math and agent based models and coding is done in March! So please let us know if you are needing assistance in this area. We are planning some trips to schools, some StarLogo tutorials and some assistance with code online.


All our important dates can be viewed here
March 20th is the Sandia Tour.
Here are some heads up on dates and deadlines:

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at NOON. Deadline to submit final report.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 Registration deadline for Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Deadline to submit scholarship applications.

Monday, April 17, 2006, 8:00 am Submissions for the Best HTML version of a final report due.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Judges' Conference Call.

Monday, April 24, 2006 Supercomputing Challenge Expo in Los Alamos

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos

Science News

Big Woman with a Distant Past: Stone Age gal embodies humanity's cold shifts

A 260,000-year-old partial skeleton previously found in China represents the largest known female among human ancestors and underscores the ancient origins of large, broad bodies adapted for survival in cold conditions.

Tuesday Morning Message, February 20, 2006

Good Day,

We hope you enjoyed your three day weekend!


Best of luck to the remaining teams who will do their project evaluations this coming Saturday at New Mexico Tech! We are hearing that there are some superb projects out there.

Sandia Tour

With Melrose registering, the Sandia Tour is full and all set to go! Enjoy yourself and we may ask one of you to write a report.

Next Deadline for the Challenge Year

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at NOON. Deadline to submit final report.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006 Registration deadline for Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos.

Details will follow shortly.

Summer Opportunity

Two High School Seniors Sought For the 2006 National Youth Science Camp's Month-long Trip With All Expenses Paid to Monongahela National Forest in the eastern mountains of West Virginia's Potomac Highlands. Visiting scientists are invited to the camp based on their reputation as leaders in their fields and on their ability to share up-to-date research with the students.

To apply, a student must send two copies of all application forms, letters of recommendation and transcript to Dr. Richard E. Nygren, Sandia National Laboratories, PO Box 5800, Albuquerque, NM 87185. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 7, 2006.

Information and application forms are available on the National Youth Science Camp website at:

Science Link

ALIEN LIGHTNING: NASA's Cassini spacecraft is tracking an intense lightning storm on Saturn. The powerful bolts are causing the spacecraft's radio instruments to "crackle"--much like the crackles you might hear coming from your car's AM radio when you drive by a thunderstorm on Earth. Visit to listen to the sounds of Saturn's lightning.

Monday Morning Message, February 13, 2006

Happy Almost Valentine's Day!

February Evaluations!

Best of luck to the teams remaining to present at UNM and New Mexico Tech. Do check the evaluation page ( for last minute changes.

Teams at Albuquerque High and Rio Rancho Mid/High report that doing a presentation for peers, parents, and others in the community really helps them feel prepared for the main evaluation.

Do pay attention to the judges' comments as you prepare to write your final report and do your final presentation.

Sandia Tour

There is still room for another eight students and teachers for the Sandia Tour on March 20th. Send your requests to and see for the registration information. What a great opportunity for those teams able to attend.

Supercomputing Challenge Teacher of the Year

Last year we initiated a new award for the best teacher sponsor in the Challenge. Students write a note to Consult telling us why they think their teacher deserves this award. Send your entries in before April 1st.

Summer Opportunities

Summer Science Program--highly selective

This is a national program that recruits 72 students-current juniors--nationally and internationally to spend six weeks at either Socorro or Ojai, CA 36 students at each location. Because of support the program receives from NM Tech, LANL, and Sandia, the entire $3,300 fee is waived for NM residents who are accepted. The curriculum is organized around a classic astronomical research project: working in teams of three, students determine the orbit of an asteroid from their own observations, measurements, and software. More information at

NM Tech Mini Courses

This year these courses will be offered for just one week, July 23-28. Cost is $450 for tuition, room, and board, with classes offered in a variety of areas.

Science in the News

Look at this article entitled Beyond Bar Codes Submit a comment at the end of the article!

Monday Afternoon Message, February 6, 2006

Happy February,

February Evaluations

So how were the evaluations at Eastern, NMSU, Santa Fe Community College? We would like to hear from you about your experiences. The judges we've spoken with were impressed with the quality of work.

This weekend, the teams around Farmington will be at San Juan Community College. Keep checking the schedule at for last minute changes.

Sandia Tour

There is still room for another dozen students and teachers for the Sandia Tour on March 20th. Send your requests to and see for the registration information. What a great opportunity for those teams able to attend.


It is time for seniors to start thinking about applying for Challenge Scholarships. We will update the list shortly. All scholarship applicants are subject to the following:

  • be an active member of a Challenge team
  • plan to attend a four-year university
  • pursue a science, engineering or mathematics major
  • Meet the university GPA requirements

Summer Opportunities

The Upward Bound Math-Science Center at Lyon College is a six week residential program for high school students who have just completed the ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade. It is designed to strengthen capabilities and enhance basic academic skills through mentored group research, challenging classes, field trips, and recreation. This program is designed to help students obtain the motivation and confidence necessary for successful entry into college-level math or science curricula. Special emphasis is given to improving math and science skills. Participants must reside in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas. See the details at:

Science News

Here is an article about the newest planet. Or is it a planet? Is Pluto a planet? Read about the discussion astronomers and geophysicist are having about these icy bodies.

Monday Morning Message, January 30, 2006

Happy Almost February,


Hats off the dynamic trio from St. Pius High in Albuquerque, team 126. They are using their Challenge project as their science fair project also. This way they can focus on one project. This is called working smarter, not harder. At, there is this definition of leveraging: Positional advantage; power to act effectively. The St. Pius team is taking advantage of their work and doing so effectively.

A Friend of the Challenge Passes Away

Monte Mitzelfelt, a long time supporter of the Challenge, died this month. He worked with the Challenge in many ways. He helped set up the computer labs at Glorieta for years; he worked as a judge, traveling the state, as a mentor and as a facilitator this past fall in Glorieta. He had been working closely with Consult lately to work on new programs for the Challenge. He recently sent his legislators a letter supporting the Challenge. His family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to the Challenge. Consult salutes Monte's work and we will miss him.


Challenge teachers and parents need to contact their legislators to support House Bill 269, which makes an appropriation.The bill is sponsored by Roberto J. Gonzales.

Also please speak up for Senate Bill 551. This is the NM Math and Science Education "Omnibus" Bill that puts forth the adoption and funding of the recommendations made during the New Mexico First's Town Hall (attended by Betsy, Irene and Celia from Consult)

One of the eight recommendations is
Increase opportunities for both teachers and students to translate knowledge from the standard classroom experience to practical, timely and relevant applications. Examples of strategies in this area include: internships, expanded lab and fieldwork opportunities, exposure to professionals in the area of science and mathematics, and student-identified research projects and family activities (such as camping trips, museum activities, field trips and/or summer camps).

Thanks to Irene who supported this bill in person by saying the Challenge

  1. engages our students in a level of scientific research not available to them in the public schools
  2. provides students with inspirational experiences with mentors in the sciences and provide students with a context for their continuing studying of math and science in the schools
  3. prepares students for careers in Math, Science and Engineering
  4. utilizes the human resources (scientists, mathematicians, and engineers) in this state
  5. directly supports student learning.

Way to go, Irene! Just have your teachers and parents share these thoughts with their senators.

February Evaluations

So, you should be thinking about what you are going to wear, making a backup of your presentation, and practicing your presentation. Here are some hints from Gina Fisk, LANL, on PowerPoint Presentations.

Remember to check last minute changes in the schedule at

Supercomputing in the News

The Blue Brain project, will build a three-dimensional model that simulates the electrochemistry of a major portion of the brain, the neocortex, with plans to simulate other parts and eventually the entire brain. The researchers hope to understand processes such as perception, thought and memory and to illuminate how malfunctions in the brain's circuitry can lead to problems such as autism and schizophrenia.

Check it out at

Monday Morning Message, January 23, 2006

Good Day!

February Evaluations

So what makes a good face to face presentation? Remember to take out the bubble gum from your mouth. Stand up straight. Once heard a Toastmaster say, stand as if your feet were connected to the middle of the earth. Make eye contact, if possible. Don't wear your old jeans and sweatshirt. Have visuals, as a picture is worth many words. Take turns. Smile.

Here are the tools available to you at the colleges:

Here is the form the judges will fill out for you: So do discuss your research, math model, and code.

Do keep checking the schedules at as they continue to be updated. The Santa Fe Community College Schedule has been changed.

Sandia Tour

Sandia National Labs will host a tour day for participants in the Supercomputing Challenge on Monday March 20th, 2006. You must have submitted an interim and presented your project to attend. See for the registration information.

Scholarship for Juniors

The Schubmehl-Prein Prize for best analysis of the social impact of a particular aspect of computing technology will be awarded to a student who is a high school junior in academic year 2005-2006. See:

Supercomputing News

Supercomputing Slays England's Top Chess Player

Tuesday Morning Message, January 17, 2006

Hope you had a great three day weekend!

February Evaluations

All teams that have submitted an Interim report have been schedule for Project Evaluations. Keep checking the schedule for the February evaluations at:

The schedules are subject to change so please check back during the week of your evaluation for last minute changes. It is only polite to let Consult know asap if you can not attend a scheduled time or at all. Our judges are busy people and need to have an accurate schedule!

Sandia Tour

Judge, mentor, and facilitator, Tom Laub, is starting to plan the Sandia Tour for Monday, March 20th. Approximately 50 people can participate so it will be on a first come, first served basis. Details will follow.

Monday Morning Message, January 9, 2006

Challenge Community,


Now is the time to use and amuse your team's mentor(s). If you still need some assistance, then please go to our mentor database and politely explain your project, your needs, share your interim report. Please let Consult know if you receive no response and if you are still looking for assistance.

January Peer Review

This month, in preparation for next month's Project Evaluations, you should conduct local Peer Reviews. Here are some hints for presentations:

Groups give formal presentations, including PowerPoint presentations, but not poster displays, at this time. If in a class, students are given credit if they bring an adult (mom, dad, neighbor, scientist, etc.) to help judge. Invite previous students who are home from college at break. Invite the school principals. Fellow students can also attend. Everyone is given a brief evaluation sheet with space for comments. The evaluations are numerical and everyone totals their scores. This becomes the group's grade for the project for that semester, if the students are in a class.

Students must dress professionally; they will practice diction, speaking loudly enough, gestures, etc. They are given pointers for their PowerPoint presentations. They must defend their positions through a question and answer session at the end of their presentation. Students can be taught how to graciously indicate that they did not consider some things and that it is OK to just say they don't know. One purpose of peer review is to generate collective ideas, which may not have initially been considered by the team.

February Project Evaluations

Each team that has submitted an Interim report has been scheduled for a Project Evaluation at one of six sites on a Saturday in February. See for an overview and look for your location and time of presentation at:
Contact Consult if you have difficulty with your time or location. Make sure to check back during the week of your Evaluation as modifications to the schedule are sure to take place.

Free Microsoft compilers

One of the Supercomputing Challenge judges brought to our attention that Microsoft if giving away express versions of its visual compilers. This started Nov. 7, 2005 and will continue until Nov. 7, 2006. No strings attached except that these are slightly stripped down versions (not the professional version). This is an opportunity that the students and teachers should not miss. See

Supercomputing in the News

University of Alberta Research Creates World's Largest Pharmaceutical Drug Database at

Enjoy January,

Tuesday Morning Message, January 3, 2006

Happy New Year!

Interim Feedback

Several Challenge supporters have been reviewing your interims and you should have received an email from them. If not, please let Consult know.

Challenge Email

Challenge web mail is now available. You can click on the Mail link from or go directly to:

The login name is what was on the Glorieta name tag, chnnnaaa, where nnn is the student's registration id number and aaa is their initials. The password is the registration password which is also the initial mode password.

If the Challenge participant can ssh (or use putty) onto mode, they can use the pine email program. Before a participant can ssh into mode, the IP address needs to be added to the firewall and that can be done at the link:

January Peer Review

This month, in preparation for next month's Project Evaluations, you should conduct local Peer Reviews. For a description of them see:

February Project Evaluations

Each team that has submitted an Interim report has been scheduled for a Project Evaluation at one of six sites on a Saturday in February. See for an overview and look for your location and time of presentation at: Contact Consult if you have difficulty with your time or location. Make sure to check back during the week of your Evaluation as modifications to the schedule are sure to take place.


What are high performance computers good for?
Two UNM researchers tackle bacterial antibiotic resistance using computational chemistry. See the story at:

Monday Morning Message, December 5, 2005

Happy Holidays to all!

We already have 8 Interim Reports. Congratulations to one Santa Fe High team, two Onate High Teams, one Las Cruces High team, St. Pius, one Socorro High team and two Capshaw Mid teams! We hope to see many more come in this week.

We are asking a Challenge mentor and/or judge to write to your entire team online about your Interim. You should receive an email by January 2nd. It is polite to acknowledge the note. Reply and thank them for their time. Do ask any questions of them. Remember, it is wise to take their advice. They will become your advocate as they know your work and will be looking at your final report to see your progress(and how you incorporated their advice!)

Here is an interesting link on the Plan for World's Largest Solar Farms:

It is encouraging to read about renewable energy technologies in a competitive market.

Make some good new year resolutions! Enjoy your winter break.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday Morning Message, December 5, 2005

Happy December!

How is your Interim Report coming along? Need any help? Remember that it is due online, Friday, December 16th. Here is the link:
We are proud that we have 98 abstracts now posted. We are hoping that we have that many interim reports, too.

We are also proud of Stephanie McAllister who wrote a guest commentary for the Albuquerque Tribune. You can read the article about the kickoff and the Challenge at:

Please contact if there is any way we can help you with the Interim Report, the second Challenge milestone. We will have mentors and judges look at your interim report and give you valuable feedback.

Monday Morning Message, November 28, 2005

National Computational Science Award

Capital University Professor Ignatios Vakalis says, "My goal for developing the computational science course work is that students will see the beauty and the practical use of computational science. I want students to be aware of the intersection and interplay among mathematics, computing and science."

Check it out at

Interim reports

18 days left until your teams' interim report is due. If you are having any difficulty moving forward on your project, please let Consult know and we will find you a mentor asap!

Mode Access

Now that you have had time to do some research and planning, you are probably thinking about starting to program your project. If you would like to use the mode machine for Java, StarLogo, C, C++, or Fortran programming, you can request that your IP address be added to the list of machines that are allowed to ssh into Visit and sign in and by doing so, the IP address of that machine will be added to the list of machine allowed to access mode. (Allow two working days for the IP address to be added to the list.) To access mode, you need to use the ssh protocol and putty is a free utility that you can use. See the Challenge Technical guide for details:

Tuesday Afternoon Message, November 22, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Don't eat too much turkey.

Interim Reports

You have 25 more days to work on your Interim reports. Interim guidelines and an example can be found at: Do work with your English teachers for assistance and extra credit!

We have 97 abstracts submitted, let's see how close to 97 we can get with the interims!

Nanotech pioneer

Nobel laureate Richard Smalley dead at 62 the best-known and respected scientists in nanotechnology. Smalley shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with fellow Rice chemist Robert Curl and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto for the discovery of buckminsterfullerene, or "buckyballs," a new form of carbon.

No one was better than Smalley himself at describing the discipline in plainspoken terms.

"We are about to be able to build things that work on the smallest possible length scales, atom by atom, with the ultimate level of finesse," Smalley told the U.S. House of Representatives while testifying in 1999 in support of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). "These little nanothings, and the technology that assembles and manipulates them -- nanotechnology -- will revolutionize our industries and our lives."

Check out this site for more information

Monday Morning Message, November 14, 2005

Challenge Community!

Table for Challenge Research and Presentation Hints

PR for the Challenge

We think it is a good idea to get a story about your team into your school paper! What good PR! Then send us that story and we will publish it on our webpage. We will try to highlight a team regularly!

Webpage Committee

We are looking for a committee of teachers and students who will help Consult make our website more useful to you. Please write to if you are interested in participating in this online committee.

Report Just in on NM Young Researchers' Banquet

On Saturday, November 5, the New Mexico Young Researchers' Banquet was hosted in the Albuquerque Convention Center. Before the banquet started, participants were able to wander around booths set up by colleges and other sponsors of research. Once it started, the students sat down and ate lasagna while Dr. Carl Wieman spoke on the "The Bose-Einstein Condensate," and absolute zero. The whole banquet was very interesting, and I look forward to it if we go again next year.
-Jessica MacKinnon, Artesia High

Presentation at NMITSA (New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association)

Thanks to Punit Shah and Karalyn Baca for joining Bill Blackler, President of the Challenge Board of Directors and David Kratzer, Consult, at a presentation last week. Punit and Karalyn shared their winning project from last year and how the Challenge as influenced them and their teacher, Jim Mims made a few comments about the Challenge. Bill and David discussed the Challenge program and how NMITSA could help support it.

Interim Reports

You have one month and two days until your Interim Reports are due. Some of that time is spent on Thanksgiving. Start planning your report. You will need to share your research and your work with your mentor.

Monday Morning Message, November 7, 2005

Please edit your abstracts at by adding your mentor's name. We would like that done in the next two weeks so we know which teams we need to assist in getting a mentor.

Continue your research! Remember you need at least three citations for the Interim Report, which is due December 16th.

About 30 of us, students, teachers, Kickoff facilitators, and Challenge parents joined about 1000 more people at the first annual NM Young Researchers' Banquet at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday, Nov. 5th. We had students from Shiprock, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Artesia and Albuquerque. Maybe one of them can send consult a note about their evening and we will share it with all of you!

We were honored with a talk from Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate, about "The Bose-Einstein Condensate," a new form of matter.The superatom occurs when lab apparatus is used to chill a group of atoms to just a few hundred billionths of a degree above absolute zero.

Eleanor Walther, friend, judge and mentor from Sandia, sends us this interesting link about November being Science and Technology Month from the Albuquerque Tricentennial website.

Check out the X-ray exhibit, the Nanotechnology Future exhibit, free admissions to science museums, UNM Engineering Open House, Fractal Presentation, Viruses, Trojans and Worms...Oh my (Free Internet talk), Montgolfier Week at the International Balloon Museum and more!

So, how is that research coming? Do you have a mentor for your team? Please advise.

Monday Afternoon Message, October 31, 2005

Challenge Community,

We are still glowing from the excitement of the Glorieta Kickoff. You are a really terrific group and we enjoyed the opportunity to meet and work with you. Thank you for taking the time to get your projects off to very promising starts. We certainly enjoyed those of you who could make the trip and look forward to meeting your classmates who stayed at home. We want to thank you, our volunteers, facilitators, bus drivers, staff at Glorieta, and teacher sponsors for making this a successful event!


Year after year we hear that a key to success is a good relationship with a mentor. Please add the name of your mentor to your abstract by choosing Submit or Edit from this link:

You can look for a mentor in our database at

Write a polite email asking for assistance. Be sure to include your name, school, and description of your project. Point them to your abstract page. If you do not have any luck there, please contact

Some teams have had success in finding a mentor for their topic on the net.


Your team will be working on project research this month. Although Challenge projects are computational science projects, not research projects, nonetheless research is an important component. We expect three citations and at least one to be a print citation in your interim report which is due December 16th. Look at Citation Maker at for assistance in setting up a bibliography.

School Visits

If your team would like a visit from our Consult Management team to help you with your project, please contact us at to set up a visit.

We wish you luck with your research this month and hope you find the perfect mentor(s) for your team.


Betsy, Celia, David, Irene, Nick with lots of help from our friends
Supercomputing Challenge Consulting,

Monday Morning Message, October 17, 2005

Good Day, Challenge Community

In a week we will have met a majority of you! We are getting so excited.

Here are the last minute reminders:


Your team is required to bring an abstract of your project, either a hard copy or a digital version on a jump drive or CD or 3.5 disk to the Kickoff. Hints are found at It would be great if you could post it before Friday, but you need to get it posted at Glorieta if not earlier.

Conference Details:

Glorieta Conference Center
Emergency Phone Numbers
Betsy Frederick - 505-220-5050
David Kratzer - 505-412-2559
Glorieta Main Desk 505-757-6161

Review the rules at the Center. They are located at

Curfew and lights out are at 11PM. Please be considerate of your fellow teams.

Please remember to bring either a sleeping bag or linens, a pillow and towel.

Schedule for the two day sessions are located at Session One folks show up at Glorieta between 12:30 and 2:00 Sunday afternoon, in the Chapel/Patio area and go to room 9 for registration.

Session Two folks show up at Glorieta between 10:00 and 11:30 Monday morning, in the Chapel/Patio area and go to room 9 for registration.

Challenge Keynote - Monday

We know you will be in for a treat from our keynote Dr. Neo Martinez. Do you know why he was named Neo? Who is where in the food chain? What do population growth mathematical models have to do with Food Chains? Do you know why there are more herbivores than carnivores?

A Chance to be Published with your own byline!

Editor Phil Casaus of the Albuquerque Tribune, a Challenge sponsor, will publish your piece on the Challenge. What does this opportunity mean to you? What have you learned? Tell us about your project. What are the benefits?

Please send your 600 word essay on the Challenge to and we will see how many he will publish.

New Mexico Young Researchers' Banquet

Pease join us at the banquet on Saturday, November 5th, 6 - 9, at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Free food, talk by a Nobel Peace Laureate in Physics, Dr. Carl Wieman, and a chance to celebrate academics the way athletics are celebrated.

Visit and apply. Use CHALLENGE as your ID number.

Please contact us at with any questions.

Monday Morning Message, October 10, 2005

Challenge Students and Teachers!

  1. We have received many TEAFs (Team Entry Authorization Forms) and $30 registrations for the Challenge year. Thank you! And thanks to those of you who let us know your TEAFs and registration fees are on the way. We have 393 students and 42 teachers registered! Please make sure that you are registered on a team as well as individually.
  2. It is now time to start thinking about writing the Abstract for your project and submitting it online. Guidelines are available here at:
  3. The theme for this Kickoff Conference will be Food Webs and our Keynote will given by Dr. Neo Martinez. We will be studying how to simulate Food Webs that depict who eats whom among the many species occupying habitats such as lakes, rivers, forests, deserts and islands. of rooms and buildings in the event of emergencies. Here are some links to give you some background information:
  4. You need to bring either a sleeping bag or some linens for your night stay at Glorieta. Also include a towel and wash cloth and toiletries!
  5. Ever Wonder Why?
    You HAVE wondered why and we're so glad you did!

    Because local universities want to meet you, we want to celebrate your inquiring mind, and we need your help kicking off the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007!

    All Challenge students are invited to the NM Young Researchers' Banquet at

    It is a free banquet on Saturday, November 5th, from 6 -9, in Albuquerque. To register, use the password CHALLENGE. Please let us know if you are able to attend. Keynote speaker: Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate, Physics.

    There is much information listed here. Remember to get yourselves registered as a team, to think about that abstract, and to bring the bedding, toothpaste, towels etc. you'll need your overnight stay.

    Monday Morning Message, October 3, 2005

    Your First Official Challenge Monday Morning Message for 2005 - 06 Project Year!

    Consult will be sending you an email message almost every week with important announcements, hints and web sites about the Challenge. You can also view them at: Please share this web site with students who do not have an email address yet.

    We are excited to share that as of 7 A. M. this morning, we have 421 Challenge participants (students: 381 teachers: 40)

    Please review all the registration steps at

    After you complete your individual registration, the next step is to complete the Team Registration.

    The next step is to read and understand the AUP - Acceptable Use Policy.

    Then, choose a computational science project. See science projects, areas of science, and project development for ideas and look at past projects in the archives.

    Mail in the TEAF - the Team Entry Authorization Form - Deadline October 7. (Mail it to the address at bottom of teaf page.)

    The $30 Registration fee due for each student participating in the Supercomputing Challenge should be sent with the TEAF.

    Start working on your abstract and submit it before Oct. 21st:

    Read about our keynote speaker, Dr. Neo Martinez, at

    Please send any questions, thoughts, suggestions to consult @

    This is a group of people who help manage the Challenge. We will introduce ourselves at the Overview Presentation for each session at the kickoff.

    We are looking forward to meeting you in Glorieta. We need to submit the housing list to Glorieta by the end of the week so please let us know the names and genders of any bus drivers/chaperones that will need housing, who aren't already registered as participants.

    Remember to write if you have any questions.

    Betsy, Celia, David, Supercomputing Challenge Consulting,

    Monday Afternoon Message, September 26, 2005

    Please get yourselves registered to participate in the 16th Annual Supercomputing Challenge and registered on teams. There are currently over 270 students registered, but only 33 teams registered, where we are expecting about 100 teams. To register on a team, visit: and click on Register or Manage Teams.

    Next, get your Team Entry Authorization Form submitted. Print them from: and have each student sign it, have the teacher and principal sign it, and send it to the Challenge along with the $30.00 per student registration fee.

    Look at the link on the Challenge web page to learn more about the Kickoff:

    Siemens Competition

    For those of you in last year's Challenge, consider entering your project into the Siemens Foundation Competition. See for details. The awards are significant.

    Tuesday Afternoon Message, September 20, 2005


    But only 15 teams have registered so visit the team registration web page at: and organize your teams. If you need to know your id number or password (and you registered with a valid email address), visit:

    Start working on your abstracts. See the information at:

    Monday Morning Message, September 12, 2005

    Are you ready for the 16th Annual Supercomputing Challenge?


    Registration is proceeding with over 65 students and 5 teachers already registered. Keep those registrations coming in (teachers please register too) at:

    Teams can be registered as well at:

    Registration deadline is September 30th.


    Hopefully teams have been thinking about their projects and preparing an abstract. See for guidelines and then visit: to log in to submit or edit the team's abstract.

    Kickoff Conference

    The Kickoff Conference will be held October 23-25 at the Glorieta Conference Center. Our Keynote speaker, at 1:00 on the 24th, will be Dr. Neo Martinez whose talk title will be "Supercomputers Take on the World Wide Food Web".

    Monday Morning Message, August 22, 2005

    Start forming teams to participate in the 16th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    Tapia Conference

    Check out the Tapia Conference that will be held in Albuquerque this fall at:


    Please print a flyer to place in your school for advertisement.

    Can't wait to see each and every one of you at Glorieta, October 23 - 25th.

    Here is the invite link:

    Supercomputing Challenge Consulting, consult @
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