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Tuesday, April 16, 2002


12th Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge Monday and Tuesday at the Laboratory

Poster session at Los Alamos Research Park touts student research projects

More than 150 high-school students from throughout New Mexico will be at Los Alamos next Monday and Tuesday (April 22-23) for the 12th annual New Mexico High School Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge and Awards Expo.

The goal of the year-long event is to increase knowledge of science and computing, expose students and teachers to computers and applied mathematics, and instill enthusiasm for science in high school students, their families and communities. Any New Mexico high-school or middle-school student is eligible to enter the Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge.

Laboratory personnel can visit Room 202A of the Los Alamos Research Park on Monday afternoon to view posters displays that describe the students' computing projects, according to David Kratzer of Computing (CCN-7) and Eric Ovaska of Customer Service (IM-2), Laboratory coordinators of the challenge.

Student projects will be recognized during the awards ceremony from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Administration Building Auditorium at Technical Area 3.

On Monday, participating students will take part in tours, talks and demonstrations with Laboratory technical staff members.

The Supercomputing Challenge was conceived in 1990 by former Laboratory Director Sig Hecker and Tom Thornhill,then president of New Mexico Technet Inc., a nonprofit company that in 1985 set up a computer network to link the state's national laboratories, universities, state government and some private companies. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and John Rollwagen, then chairman and chief executive officer of Cray Research Inc., added their support.

This year the Supercomputing Challenge merged with the former Adventures in Supercomputing program to become the New Mexico High School Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge, or AiS Challenge.

More information on the New Mexico High School Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge, including a list of student projects, can be found at http://www.challenge.nm.org/ online.

--Steve Sandoval


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