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Monday Morning Message, May 2, 2005
Congratulations to the 36 teams that submitted final reports and participated in the Expo and Awards Ceremony. See all the good press coverage we received at http://www.challenge.nm.org/expo/index.shtml#publicity
We have been receiving some good feed back from you and are still trying to digest all your comments.
The mementos have been secured and now we are trying to organize them so that we can send them to the teachers.
Tapia ConferenceCheck out the Tapia Conference that will be held in Albuquerque next fall at: http://www.challenge.nm.org/archive/04-05/tapia.html
TeachersConsider joining us for the Summer Teacher Institute or see if you can get other teachers involved in the Challenge by having them attend. See http://www.challenge.nm.org/sti
Non-SeniorsStart thinking about your teams and projects for next year. Keep an eye on the Challenge website during August for the Invitation to Participate in the 2005-2006 Challenge.
SeniorsBest wishes as you move on. Keep the Challenge in mind. We welcome your continued support.
Monday Morning Message, April 18, 2005
Next Monday, April 25th, is the Expo!
There is a lot to read about the activities at: http://www.challenge.nm.org/expo
Expo scheduleSee http://www.challenge.nm.org/expo/exposchedule.shtml for when your team is to present their project. Please arrive approximately one half hour before your scheduled time to set up your presentation. After your presentation, you will have a few minutes to return all valuables (including laptops, cell phone, memory sticks, ...) to your vehicles, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to go on a tour of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Expo schedule web page will be updated on Wednesday afternoon, after the judges' conference call, and the first round finalists will be notified at that time, so check back.
Parking PermitDon't forget to print and bring a parking permit: http://www.challenge.nm.org/expo/2005_parking_permit.html
WeatherNext Monday's weather prediction is for a 60% chance of rain with temperatures ranging from 36 to 56 degrees. We hope you will dress nicely for both the Expo and the Awards Ceremony, but be prepared for rain. There will be a fair amount of walking on the tours so do bring some walking shoes.
Housing in Los AlamosPlease check http://www.challenge.nm.org/expo/housing/lainn.shtml to make sure we have your room reservations. We have reserved those rooms so if you will not be needing the room, please let us know. The Challenge does not want to have to pay for an empty room!
Graphics posterThe award for the best graphic has increased to $200! The best graphic, which can be part of your display or separate, will be used as the basis of the logo (and slogan) for the 2005-2006 Challenge. Put those creative juices to work. See the archive for past winners: http://www.challenge.nm.org/archive
Way to go Betsy!Congratulations to our own Betsy Frederick, according to the NM Commission on the Status of Women, she is one of the 20 finalists awarded the 2005 Governor's Outstanding New Mexico Woman's Award!
Looking forward to seeing you on Monday,
Betsy, Celia, and David, AiS Challenge Consulting, email@example.com
Monday Morning Message, April 11, 2005
Congratulations to 35 teams for taking the Challenge and submitting final reports.
DATES to RememberWednesday, April 13, 2005 Deadline to submit scholarship applications. http://challenge.nm.org/expo/scholarships.shtml
Monday, April 18, 2005 Submissions for the Best HTML version of a final report due.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Judges' Conference Call. About half a dozen teams will be selected as first round finalists and will be called Wednesday afternoon or evening. Watch the Challenge home page for a late Wednesday afternoon update.
Display Board - MandatoryThere is a $100 Award for the best one. http://challenge.nm.org/expo/displayboard.shtml
Graphical Poster - OptionalThere is a $200 Award for the best one. http://challenge.nm.org/expo/poster.shtml
Tour, Lodging, Ruleshttp://challenge.nm.org/expo/announcement.shtml
Description of the Expohttp://challenge.nm.org/expo/expodescription.shtml
Science Links of the WeekLos Alamos computers map hurricane utility impacts: "Predicting with uncanny accuracy the effects of recent hurricanes, Los Alamos National Laboratory computer models are helping the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Assurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other organizations plan for future disasters." http://www.lanl.gov/news/index.php?fuseaction=home.story&story_id=2289
Did you see the Solar Eclipse last Friday? http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/01apr_solareclipse.htm?list1210197
See you in TWO weeks!
Betsy, Celia, David, AiS Challenge Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Morning Message, April 4, 2005
Final ReportsDUE THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6TH AT NOON.
We are yelling, so that you really hear us. Email your ELECTRONIC COPY to: email@example.com
Be sure that you double check your final report for spelling and grammar. It does matter! One final report last year included an Executive Summery. Hmm. It could have easily passed an electronic spelling check. However, if the student had asked an English teacher to read it that probably would not have slipped past. Remember that teamwork skills include having your team read through your writing for sense as well as grammar and spelling.
Here is a great question from a Challenge Final Report author: "Our main references are Internet sites. I was wondering if the address of the site is all I need to put, or if there is more information that I need to include." And the answer to her question can be found by going to http://challenge.nm.org and then linking to Students, and scrolling down to Citing Resources. On that link, you will see a link to Citing Internet Resources.
There are no exceptions to the deadline. These must go out to the Expo/Finalists judges immediately.
Registration for Expo/Awards DayWednesday, April 6, 2005 is also the registration deadline for Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos. Details are found here http://challenge.nm.org/expo
It is polite to let your hosts know whether or not you are attending as soon as possible. It is also necessary for hotel room reservations and to plan for pizza.
Community PresentationMartha Hughes, Shiprock High, presented her team's project on the amount of SO2 the two power plants in the Shiprock area produce. At a public hearing on a newly proposed plant, Mary presented the team's visualization with StarLogo which shows to what extent the new power plant will add to the pollution in the area. Martha entertained questions from the tribal officials also. Way to go, Martha! We are proud of you. Do send us some pictures.
Summer Opportunities for Students at MathworksMathworks (http://mathworks.txstate.edu) at Texas State University in San Marcos offers exceptional programs for students and teachers. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if either of these programs described below sounds like something you would like to do.
The Junior Summer Math Camp - http://mathworks.txstate.edu/student/JSMC/description.htm - runs from June 6-17. It is half-day Monday-Friday Camp and full scholarships are available for AiSC students. If you have family/friends in San Marcos who could be your host, this is an excellent opportunity.
Mathworks' Honors Summer Math Camp ( http://mathworks.txstate.edu/student/HSMC/description.htm) is a six week residential math camp for high school students. Again, AiSC students are eligible for full scholarships. Please read the description and see if this is something that you would be interested in. Mathworks is very eager to have students from NM apply. If you enjoy mathematics, please consider applying. A course like this can help you build a solid foundation for continuing high school work, college, and of course, your AiSC project. We can arrange for you to talk with the director, Max Warshaur, who is very approachable, if you have questions.
Science Link of the WeekThe science-themed cartoons of Sidney Harris have entertained readers of magazines ranging from American Scientist to The New Yorker for many years. You can find a selection of his delightful cartoons, organized by topic, in this Web gallery. Maybe you can find one to include in your final report or your Expo or Finalist presentation.
We can't wait to see you all in Los Alamos!
Monday Morning Message, March 28, 2005
Hope you have or will enjoy your Spring Break during these couple weeks!
Deadlines, Deadlines, DeadlinesYou can always check upcoming dates on our website at: http://challenge.nm.org/dates.shtml
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at NOON. Deadline to submit final report.
HTML AwardWe haven't discussed the HTML Award. Create a webpage for your final report and enter it into the competition. A panel of professional web designers will chose the best web design. Get those editors and HTML tags rolling! See http://www.challenge.nm.org/finalreports/html.shtml
If your team has come this far, with an interim report, and an oral presentation, please get a final report in so that you can come and celebrate with us at LANL! Project based learning, like the Challenge, is similar to working in the real world, with deadlines, realities, and stress. Going through the whole year with the Challenge will be an experience you can be proud of.
Science Links of the WeekScience@NASA ... to go:
A new "podcast" puts audio recordings of NASA science news articles into your pocket MP3 player http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/21mar_podcast.htm?list1210197
Learn about an eminent computer scientist, Donald Knuth, in this NPR story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4532247
Why colonize the Moon before going to Mars? NASA scientists give their reasons. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/18mar_moonfirst.htm?list1210197
Monday Morning Message, March 21, 2005
Hope that spring is really ready to spring into our lives. The weather created some havoc for our registered students for the Sandia Tour!
Sandia TourDavid Kratzer is the first person to give us a Sandia Tour report. Please check out this link: http://challenge.nm.org/archive/04-05/sandiatour
Our thanks go out to Tom Laub and his colleagues at Sandia for providing Challenge students with such a great opportunity.
AheadWe have many dates and deadlines this coming month. Please write these down so that you can be organized!
Final ReportsPlease send your final reports to email@example.com. They are due on Wednesday, April 6th by noon. That is just over two weeks away. You have made it this far! We are hoping to see your final report so you can join us at the Expo and Awards Ceremony at LANL on Monday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 26.
Registration Deadline for Expo/Awards CeremonyWednesday, April 6, 2005 is the registration deadline for Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos. Please try to meet this deadline so that we can plan for our closing celebration! See http://www.challenge.nm.org/expo for details.
Scholarships for SeniorsWednesday, April 13, 2005 is the deadline to submit scholarship applications. Check out the link for scholarships at http://challenge.nm.org/scholarships.shtml
AiSC Teacher of the Year AwardYour nomination for your teacher is due April 15th. Keep those cards and letters coming to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Best HTML AwardMonday, April 18, 2005 is the date due for submissions for the Best HTML version of a final report due. See http://challenge.nm.org/finalreports/html.shtml
Science Link of the WeekImagine every time you hear the telephone ring, you taste a burrito with jalapeo and guacamole. Believe it or not, some people -- synesthetes -- experience things just like that. For them it's like being hooked up to a weird virtual-reality machine. The number 7 may look green, or the color red might smell of soap. G-flat on the piano might look like broken glass. ..."
MIT Web Page on synesthesia: http://web.mit.edu/synesthesia/www/synesthesia.html
Monday Morning Message, March 14, 2005
Updates for Sandia Tour participants:
Remember that the first participant report from the Sandia Tour will receive a prize and have their report published in for the Monday Morning Message. Take notes as you travel throughout the day, write them up at home that night and send them to email@example.com
AiSC Teacher of the Year AwardNominate your teacher sponsor! Tell us why your supporting teacher rocks! In 100 words or less, tell us why she deserves to be honored. How has he supported you? How has she helped with mentors? How has he helped you think through your problem?
The winning teacher will receive an award at the Awards Ceremony, in Los Alamos on April 26th. Your nomination is due April 15th. Just email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
Final Report and Expo/Awards Ceremony Registration DeadlinesYou now have 23 days till your final report is due and your registration for our celebration in Los Alamos!
In early April a panel of judges evaluates the written team project reports and the individual scholarship applicants. Several teams are selected as finalists based on their written reports. All of the team prepare poster presentations of their work for the Challenge Expo. A number of teams from the Expo will be selected as finalist teams. During finalist judging, the team members present their projects and respond to questions about their projects. The project presentations are allotted 30 minutes. After the presentations, teams will go on tours of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
All Challenge participants who have submitted a final report are encouraged to attend the Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos in April to present their projects.
Science Link of the Week"History looks different when the contributions of women are included."
-- the National Women's History Project
March is Women's History MonthHere is a list of resources about women and math and science: http://www.nwhp.org/tlp/links/links.html#math
Who Was Augusta Ada Lovelace? Harriet Quimby? Rachel Carson?
Monday Morning Message, March 7, 2005
Final Reports:Your team's final report is due at NOON on April 6th. You email it to email@example.com
The link about the final reports is at http://challenge.nm.org/finalreports/specs.shtml
Hints on how to write your final report are at http://challenge.nm.org/finalreports/writing.shtml
You now have just under a month to get this done. Shiprock High has a good model. They have their English teachers help them with the report and then get credit in English class also.
Don't forget to add your bibliography from your abstract and any new research you might have.
Registration DeadlineApril 6th is also the deadline to register for our days together at LANL. Details will follow.
MentorsNow is the time for all good teams to find a math modeling mentor or a mentor for their code. Please contact Consult for any assistance.
Sandia TourThere is a new link for the people going to the tour of Sandia Labs at http://challenge.nm.org/archive/04-05/sandiatour. Please check the housing list for accuracy. Enjoy yourselves and let us know about it. The student who writes a short report to Consult first about their tour experiences will win a small prize. We will share that report on our Monday Morning Message!
Science Link of the WeekThe National Academies, Advisors to the Nation on Science, Engineering and Medicine, at http://www.nationalacademies.org/headlines have stories on women in physics, avian virus, new dietary guidelines. Check it out for the science headlines.
Monday Morning Message, February 28, 2005
Happy Almost March!
EvaluationsAll teams have had their mid course evaluations! Congratulations! Please do take the feedback of the judges seriously. The same judges will be looking at your final projects and will remember your progress.
Sandia TourHope you have already sent in your reservations for the Sandia Tour, Thursday, March 17th because all the slots have been filled. Thank you, Tom Laub, for making all the preparations.
Looking at DatesPlace the following dates in your calendar, your Palm Pilot, on your palm, somewhere you can remember them. Details about final reports, Expo and Awards Ceremony, and Scholarships will follow shortly.
Science LinkSandia researchers develop portable device that can detect heart and gum disease instantly. Technology based on lab-on-a-chip technology. Check it out at http://www.sandia.gov/news-center/news-releases/2005/elect-semi-sensors/medical.html
Summer Teacher InstituteTeachers, please use our online registration form at http://challenge.nm.org/sti. Come join us at Alamogordo High School from July 10th through July 22nd, 2005.
Monday Morning Message, February 21, 2005
We hope you enjoyed your long weekend.
The Sandia Tour is at the top of our message this week.
Sandia has planned several interesting demonstrations including tours of Red Storm, the supercomputer cluster, complex microelectronics, Cyber defenders, robotics and aqueous foam. All this and a buffet luncheon.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: MARCH 1st. That's next Tuesday!
Please send your school's information to
See last week's MMM or the News Flash link at: http://www.challenge.nm.org/news_flash.shtml for details.
MentorsPlease write Consult if you are needing to follow through on judges' suggestions on your project. We will help you find a mentor to help you!
February EvaluationsOur third week of evaluations took place at UNM this Saturday! Hope all went well. We have one more evaluation at New Mexico Tech on Saturday, February 26th. Teams from Sandia Prep and Socorro, please check the website at http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations/schedule.shtml#NMT for any changes. This year the building has changed to Speare Building, rooms 4 and 116.
Summer Science ProgramAre you currently a high school junior or sophomore, now taking calculus or planning to next fall? Will you be at least 15 years old (but not yet 19) on June 1? If so, you're eligible to apply. Los Alamos National Laboratory will provide a full scholarship to any resident of New Mexico accepted to either campus. Deadline to apply is February 25, 2005. See the details at: http://www.summerscience.org
Science Link of the WeekScientists have been looking on in awe and curiosity for the last seven weeks after detecting the most massive blast ever seen in our own Milky Way galaxy. This is the lead paragraph from Saturday's Albuquerque Journal about some exciting work astrophysicists at Los Alamos National have been doing. Details about their discoveries can be found at:
Please stay in touch!
Monday Morning Message, February 14, 2005
Happy Valentine's Day!
February EvaluationsWe hope that our teams in the Farmington area had a positive experience at San Juan College on Saturday. The Albuquerque/Rio Rancho area teams are due at UNM on the 19th. PLEASE let us know as soon as possible if you can not attend and keep checking back to the web page at http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations/schedule.shtml#UNM
Sandia Tour, March 17thSandia National Labs will host a tour day for participants in the AIS Challenge on Thursday March 17, 2005. 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 Wednesday). 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 provided.
Please coordinate your participation through your sponsoring teacher so I have one form per school.
I need the following information for every participant:
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 Labs.
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.
Science Link of the WeekThinking about a project for next year? Check out Scientific American online at http://www.sciam.com
This month's issue, available at most libraries for checkout, had an article on Virtual Smallpox in a Real City. It is a good article for two of our teams and for those of you who enjoyed the Palm virus simulation at the kickoff or in your classroom. If you would like a copy of the article If Smallpox Strikes Portland (Advanced computer simulations let epidemiologists unleash virtual plagues in real cities to see which interventions could best quell outbreaks of the disease) and can't find it at your library, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a copy.
Monday Morning Message, February 7, 2005
Hello Out There in Computational Science Land!
February EvaluationsPLEASE let Consult (email@example.com) know if you can not make your scheduled time for your presentation. If something comes up, please call Celia at 505-281-1122 if it is too late to email. Our judges are all volunteers and their free time is precious to them. They would appreciate a correct schedule.
You should receive immediate feedback from the judges. If you do not, please email consult and we will mail you your feedback forms.
MentorsAfter your presentation, it is time to really start completing your project. If you need assistance with modeling or code, please let Consult know.
Science LinkScience News for Kids http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org highlights Black Hole Journey at http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/articles/20050202/Feature1.asp
Research on weird, invisible objects called black holes might help explain how the universe began.
FUTURE PROGRAMMERS take note:Seventy-eight teams of three students each will take part in the 29th Annual World Finals of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), April 3 - 7, 2005, in Shanghai, China. And, for the first time, in a separate POWER challenge, finalists will be able to build applications on IBM's POWER-based IBM eServer Blue Gene supercomputer. See http://icpc.baylor.edu/icpc/finals/PowerChallenge.pdf
Monday Morning Message, January 31, 2005
Happy Almost February,
Project Evaluations begin this Saturday, keep checking back to our evaluations page to see if there are any schedule changes: http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations
If you can not make your scheduled presentation, please let consult know as soon as possible.
Presentation HintsHere are some hints for your presentation this month from Mary Herrmann, parent advisor from Shiprock.
Science LinkLast week, we shared with you a picture from the Rand Corp Picture from 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine, stating that is what computers would look like in 2004.
We on Consult thought that was an interesting view until Gina Fisk, LANL, pointed us to a Snopes report on this picture which you can read at http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/computer.asp
She reminds us that many emails contain urban legends and wrong information and it is always wise to check out information you receive in your email. Here are some other sites to bookmark for hoaxes: http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org and http://www.snopes.com
Best of luck in your presentations this month.
Monday Morning Message, January 24, 2005
FEBRUARY EVALUATIONSCheck out the webpage with the scheduled time of your presentations at http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations/schedule.shtml
Please check back at this site as times may change. IF YOUR TEAM CAN NOT MAKE THE SCHEDULED TIME, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
Please note that the surrounding Santa Fe schools are going to be at Santa Fe High this year. Thank you, Mrs. Gerlach and the SFHS Science Club!
Directions and maps can be found at http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations
It would be polite to write to your host or hostess after your presentation and send a little note of appreciation. Your judges' emails are posted there also, so you can write and ask further questions of them or thank them for their volunteer time and expertise, also.
GIRLSTake advantage of a Women in Science sponsored Expanding Your Horizons event at a location near you. See http://nmnwse.org/EYH.html for details
SCIENCE LINKPlease check out the attached photo from the Rand Corp Picture from 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine. The text below it states:
"Scientists from RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a "home computer" could look in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use..."What do you think? Find out what Consult learned from LANL's Gina Fisk about this picture next week.
Tuesday Morning Message, January 18, 2005
RSVP for February Evals!We have heard from some of you about the February evaluations. If you have not written to email@example.com acknowledging the time and date of your team's evaluation, which can be found at http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations
Then do not pass go, but first write to us to let us know that you will be in attendance at that time.
What To Expect at the EvaluationA panel of two to three AiSC judges will ask to see your 20 minute presentation of your project's research, model, and code. They will give you a copy of an evaluation that has hints on these three areas and talks to your teamwork and presentation also.
You can create a PowerPoint presentation, a website, have charts, handouts, whatever you need to share your progress so far. Here is a link that shares how to scores points with PowerPoint http://www.fno.org/sept00/powerpoints.html
Missing InterimsIf your interim report is not linked from the Evaluation Schedule, please let us know.
Science Link of the WeekNASA Science News for January 10, 2005 11:00:00 AM
The Dec. 26th Indonesian megathrust earthquake quickened Earth's rotation and changed our planet's shape, according to calculations done by NASA scientists. FULL STORY at http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/10jan_earthquake.htm?list1210197
Monday Morning Message, January 10, 2005
WebCT Discussion ForumsWe are seeing more and more of you respond on WebCT to your project's reviewer. We really hope that you utilize this unique way to get feedback. Please do it today! We are not employees or students with NMSU so we do not have to activate a new account. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulties.
Abstract/Interims posted on Public Web SiteThe abstracts and interim reports that have been submitted have been posted to the Challenge web site at: http://www.challenge.nm.org/abstracts and http://www.challenge.nm.org/interims so that others, like your mentors and the judges, can view them. Share these sites with your mentors, those attending your peer evaluation, your English teacher for extra credit (and ask for assistance on your final report), your families, and any one else you can think of.
Peer EvaluationWe hope that you are planning a peer evaluation this month. If you would like some members of Consult to attend and give you some feedback, please just let us know when and where.
February Evaluations Are NearingWe need each team leader to write to Consult to let us know that you are aware of the time, place and responsibilities of your evaluation. We need to get details of numbers of teams, people, schedules to the hosts at our partner higher education sites. Write to Consult today! Here are the dates for the live presentations:
Here is our science link for the week:
Next on NOVA: "The Boldest Hoax" http://www.pbs.org/nova/hoax
Broadcast: January 11, 2005
(NOVA airs Tuesdays on PBS at 8 p.m. Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.)
For decades, a partial fossil skull discovered in Piltdown, England, was hailed as the missing link between apes and humans. Entire careers were built on its authenticity. Then in 1953, the awful truth came out: "Piltdown Man" was a fake! But who done it?
In "The Boldest Hoax," NOVA gets to the bottom of the greatest scientific hoodwinking of all time. The search for clues takes the NOVA team to the archives of Britain's august Natural History Museum in London, where intriguing documents shed new light on the notorious case. offering theories on the deception are two prominent paleontologists at the museum, Chris Stringer and Andy Currant. Also sleuthing for NOVA are archeologist Miles Russell of Britain's Bournemouth University, historian Richard Milner of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and Giles Oakley, son of Kenneth Oakley, the scientist who blew the whistle on the hoax in 1953. Can NOVA and this team of experts unravel the enduring mystery of "Piltdown Man?"
Wednesday Morning Message, January 5, 2005
A Healthy and Happy New Year to you all!
Congratulations to teams who met the December deadline for their Interim Reports. The Challenge does perk your interest in math and science, but it also works with technical writing (abstract, interims, final reports), research, and meeting deadlines. Our mission statement states that AiSC improves "students' understanding and use of technology by developing their skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications, and team work."
On our calendar for January, we recommend a peer review. Check out the details at http://challenge.nm.org/peer_review.html
This will get you ready for your in person February Evaluation at a school near you. Please visit the links at http://challenge.nm.org/About/phases.shtml#evaluations and http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations/
See the dates for the February Evaluations
Please stay tuned as these dates and places may change.
Science link for the week:Parachuting to Titan
On Jan. 14, 2005, the European Space Agency's Huygens probe will descend to the surface of Saturn's largest moon.
Two hours. That's how long it will take the European Space
Agency's Huygens probe to parachute to the surface of Titan on
January 14th. Descending through thick orange clouds, Huygens
will taste Titan's atmosphere, measure its wind and rain,
listen for alien sounds and, when the clouds part, start taking
pictures. It has taken Huygens four years to get from Earth to
Saturn. It will take eight hours to transmit the data.
Looking forward to a great 2005,
Monday Morning Message, December 20, 2004
InterimsCongratulations to teacher Mike DeField and Farmington team 26 for being the first team to have their Interim report, with five citations, posted on WebCT! They will be receiving a subscription to the science magazine Odyssey, Adventures in Science http://www.odysseymagazine.com Thanks to Mary Herrmann, parent at Shiprock for this gift!
If your team hasn't posted their Interim report to WebCT yet, please do so as soon as possible. There is a file called interim.html in your WebCT area that you can edit. If you want to upload an Interim, delete the interim.html in your area and name your uploaded file interim.html then see that you (and your teammates and teacher) can view it. Please contact email@example.com if you are having trouble accessing WebCT.
February Project EvaluationsBe looking at your schedule for February and compare it to the Project Evaluation schedule posted at: http://www.challenge.nm.org/evaluations Your team will need to give a 30 minute presentation, allowing 10 minutes for questions and answers, to a panel of judges at one of the sites. If there is a particular site or time you would like to present, please send consult that information. We will be creating the Saturday schedules the first week of January and assigning judges to the different sites then.
Science link of the weekKoch Snowflake at http://www.math.hmc.edu/funfacts/ffiles/20006.3.shtml?CFID=
A Koch snowflake is a shape which has an unlimited boundary! It is a fractal wonder, indeed.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Consult
Monday Morning Message, December 13, 2004
Greetings AiSC Community!
WebCT Discussion ForumBefore you post your interim, please check on WebCT in your team's forum and respond to the abstract reviewer that you received your comments or with any questions. Let's really try to utilize this threaded discussion and support. Email us if you have troubles.
InterimsYour team's interim is due this Friday, the 17th. You can post it on WebCT. We have renamed your abstracts from index.html to abstract.html and added an index.html that points to both your abstract.html and to interim.html that we have created for you. Please edit interim.html just as you did index.html for your abstract submission. For more details see http://www.challenge.nm.org/interims/interim_guidelines.shtml
Magazine WinnerWe will announce the teacher winner of the Odyssey magazine subscription next week. You can make your teacher the winner by being the first team to post your interim with five citations. Your teacher will be able to share the magazine with the team!
Science WebsitePut on your warm coats, hats and mittens and go outside to see the GEMINID METEORS: The 2004 Geminid meteor shower is underway. Midnight sky watchers can expect to see bright meteors shooting out of the constellation Geminid--at least a few per hour. Rates will increase many-fold on Monday evening, Dec. 13th, especially during the hours around midnight. But you should be able to see themeteors anytime after sunset. NASA has a great link to information about where to look. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/06dec_geminids.htm
We hope you are enjoying this festive month of December. We are going to feel really joyful when we see all your good interims!
Monday Morning Message, December 6, 2004
WebCT Discussion ForumPlease check on WebCT in your team's forum and respond to the abstract reviewer that you received your comments or with any questions. Let's really try to utilize this threaded discussion and support. Email us if you have troubles.
MentorsThis just in from Farmington High School.
"Our project is really going well this year, the biggest difference has been connecting with a mentor for the kids that can really help them. That seems to make all of the difference in the world!"
Don't be bashful about contacting a mentor multiple times, just be polite. Sometimes a person is too busy to answer at that moment and a gentle reminder, or rephrasing of a question, might get a response.
Contact consult if you are having trouble getting a mentor!
WebCT Interim ReportsInterim reports are due on December 17th and should be posted on WebCT. We have renamed your abstracts from index.html to abstract.html and added an index.html that points to both your abstract.html and to your newly created (by us) interim.html file which you need to flesh out. Edit interim.html just as you did index.html for your abstract submission. For more details see http://www.challenge.nm.org/interims/interim_guidelines.shtml
Special AwardMary Herrmann, parent at Shiprock High, is offering a reward to the first team that has its interim up on WebCT with five citations in it! This will tell us who reads the Monday morning message, who is progressing on their project, and who is ready to win a prize. The prize will be a subscription in their teacher's name for the science magazine Odyssey, Adventures in Science http://www.odysseymagazine.com/
Interesting URLsSummer Jobs at LANL http://www.lanl.gov/education/undergrad/about.shtml
Summer Jobs at Sandia http://www.sandia.gov/employment/special-prog/index.html
Take a look at DOE's Pulse, an online newsletter about accomplishments at the Department of Energy's national laboratories. The highlights are short and written to be very understandable. This issue includes an article on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory' BlueGene/L supercomputer http://www.ornl.gov/info/news/pulse/pulse_v171_04.htm
Monday Morning Message, November 29, 2004
Happy End of November,
Hope you enjoyed your holiday time with good friends, food and family!
WebCT InfoThe Glorieta kickoff page has been moved to the Archives page of WebCT and the page (a WebCT survey, actually) available for submitting WebCT password change requests; it can be found on the Site Resources page (accessible on the course menu on the left, and on the course home page), by clicking the Administrative Tasks icon.
Please go to discussion forum on WebCT, later this week. Find your team's thread. You will notice that you have some comments from an abstract reviewer (an AiSC judge, a mentor or kickoff instructor) who is giving you some hints for your Interim reports due before Winter break, on the 17th, about three weeks away. Please have at least one person on your team respond so that Consult and your reviewer know that you have read the information in your team's forum.
This weekend Kevin Claytor from Los Alamos High School will be making his presentation at the Siemens Westinghouse Competition Finals. Here is a link to his project: http://www.siemens-foundation.org/docs/2004_finalists_bios.pdf
Interesting NM Science LinksIn many of our weekly messages we will share science, math and technology links that we think you will find of interest!
Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon [Macromedia Flash Player] http://www.exploratorium.edu/chaco/
The Chaco Canyon installment in the Ancient Observatories series is designed to introduce students to the field of archeoastronomy, the study of astronomy of ancient cultures. Available in both Flash/broadband and an html version for slower connections, the site includes a wealth of documentation of astronomical observations conducted from Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, from petroglyphs to NASA photographs. For example, see a 1997 photograph showing a supernova in a distant galaxy compared with a petroglyph created in AD 1054, thought to be a representation of a supernova in our own galaxy. There are also maps, animations showing seasonal alignments of the sun, and a time-lapse Quicktime movie showing how sunlight changes throughout the day at Chaco. Links are provided to NASA's Sun-Earth Day main site, featuring other ancient observatories, such as Stonehenge, and Sun Watchers Through Time. On December 21, 2004, at 12:00 noon PST, NASA and Observatorium plan to present a live webcast showcasing the work being done at Chaco Canyon. [DS]
The bird flu pandemic ... http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/11/25/birdflu.warning/index.html
Tuesday Morning Message, November 23, 2004
And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
WebCTWe hope to utilize WebCT all year to keep you in touch with abstract and interim reviewers and Consult. It is a unique way to stay in touch.
You can now log into WebCT ( http://salsa.nmsu.edu), go to the AiSC homepage, and click on Discussion Forums. Your whole team will be able to access a threaded discussion about your Abstract and hints for your Interim Report. Abstract Reviews will be using the Discussion Forums to communicate with you. We expect to see some interesting conversations go on in these forums! Please make sure that all your team members are listed in your group.
Abstract ReviewersThe Abstract Reviewers are not your project mentor. They are AiSC judges, scientists, ex-participants who will be looking at your abstract to see if it is a true computational science project, is focused enough and make suggestions on how to improve it.
MentorsIf you need a mentor to help you with your project all year, please go to our mentor database at http://challenge.nm.org/Mentors/mentors.shtml If you write to someone on that list and they do not respond, please let firstname.lastname@example.org know. Or if you need some other kind of help, please write to consult.
A Quote to Ponder
"My point is simply that it isn't enough just to learn -- one must learn how to learn, how to learn without classrooms, without teachers, without textbooks. Learn, in short, how to think and analyze and decide and discover and create."
Monday Morning Message, November 15, 2004
Hope you had a good day out of school for Veterans' Day! We think you might be able to find a science, programming or cheerleading mentor among the veterans in your town. Ask around!
AbstractsWe appreciate all the teams who have posted their abstracts on WebCT. We will be assigning each team an abstract consultant. This person will join you on WebCT in a threaded discussion and give you feedback for your project and for your interim.
InterimsInterim reports are due in about a month! Check out the guidelines at http://challenge.nm.org/interims/interim_guidelines.shtml. We will be checking for at least five references some of which but not all are from the Web. We will be looking for progress since the abstract. Remember to refer to the resources you received at the KO on citing your resources. Let us know if you need a refresher!
Math/Science/Environment Teachers' ConferenceConsult was pleased to see Debra Loftin from Rio Rancho MHS, who sponsors three teams and Ronda Ward-Martinez from SFPS Career Academy, Team 060, at the conference in Albuquerque last week.
MentorsWinning AiS Challenge Teams tell us that their mentor is invaluable. It is highly recommended that teams work with a mentor for the science and the math-modeling portion of their project. Try our online database at http://challenge.nm.org/Mentors/mentors.shtml If you try to reach a mentor and do not get a response, please email consult. If you are having trouble finding a mentor, do the same.
Siemens FoundationThe Siemens Foundation provides more than $1 million in college scholarships and awards each year for talented high school students in the United States. AiSC is proud to work with this foundation AND this year two of our 2003 - 2004 students were named Regional Semi-finalists:
Daniel Appel, Eldorado High School, Albuquerque
From this group of four, Kevin became a Regional Finalist and went on from there this weekend to become a National individual finalist, one of six in the nation! He has won $3000 and will compete in early December in Washington, D.C., for $100,000 in scholarships. His principal is Lynn Saccaro, Los Alamos High School. Here is a link to his project: http://www.siemens-foundation.org/2004/UT%20Austin
Congratulations to all of you! We are proud of you!
Projects developed by teams and individuals are submitted to Siemens in the fall. Therefore, Challenge teams should consider developing their projects over the summer after Awards Day for entry to the Siemens Westinghouse Competition. If you are a junior this year think about getting your project in shape for a Siemens entry in the fall. If you are interested, please contact email@example.com
Monday Morning Message, November 8, 2004
Technical writing is one aspect of the Challenge. We would like all abstracts up on WebCT (http://salsa.nmsu.edu) by this Friday, the 12th. Good work to the 14 teams who already have their's posted.
Here is a review on how to post your abstract.
WebCT AbstractsYou will be uploading your abstracts to WebCT, or creating them on-line using WebCT's HTML editor. To do this, follow these steps:
Information about your WebCT password can be found in the NewFlashes Archives at http://challenge.nm.org/news_flash.shtml
If your team needs a visit from Consult this month to get you rolling on your school year long project, please let us know.
If you are having difficulty finding a mentor for your project, please let us know also. First do check out our mentor database at http://challenge.nm.org/Mentors/mentors.shtml Write any member of the this database an email and if you do not hear from them, please let us know. Remember to be polite and describe your project and needs to the mentor clearly.
Hope your research for your project is going well.
AiS Challenge Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Morning Message, November 1, 2004
Friends, New Mexicans, and Challenge Participants,
We enjoyed seeing and working with you all! Congratulations to everyone who won a door prize at the Keynote Session. Here is a packed full Monday Morning Message.
WebCT URLWe are going to work with WebCT throughout the year to support your team work. The URL is http://salsa.nmsu.edu
WebCT IDSYour ID is similar to the Challenge password on your nametag at Glorieta. It is webctNNNabc, or webct + (your three digit team number) + (your initials). For example, John A. Smith, in team 500, would have a WebCT ID of webct500jas
Teachers, your ID is webct + (first initial) + (middle initial) + (first three letters of last name). For example, a teacher named Mary B. Rogers would have a WebCT ID of webctmbrog. (Where no middle name was given, the form is webct + (first initial) + (first four letters of last name).)
WebCT PasswordsYour initial WebCT password is the same as your WebCT ID. Completing the WebCT Treasure Hunt gives you an opportunity to request a password change (highly recommended); see below.
Treasure Hunt (Some of you have done this already!)After you go to the WebCT site and log in, please go to the left hand side and click on Glorieta Kickoff. Then click on Treasure Hunt in the main part of the screen.
Please have fun with the treasure hunt/quiz (all of the answers can be found within three mouse clicks of the WebCT homepage), and remember to fill in the last question (your requested password). At the end of each week, we will submit all password changes (whether requested via the Treasure Hunt or via other means) to NMSU, and notify those requesting the changes when the new passwords are in place.
WebCT AbstractsYou will be uploading your abstracts to WebCT, or creating them on-line using WebCT's HTML editor. To do this, follow these steps:
InterimsRemember we would like at least five citations in your interim report, print, interviews, magazine articles and online resources. Remember to utilize Online Citation Maker to Cite Sources - http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/secondary/howto/cited
MentorsThis is the month to get a mentor for your team. Please check out our mentor database (which can be located in our WebCT site also) at http://challenge.nm.org/Mentors/mentors.shtml
ConsultBet you are learning the route; contact email@example.com with any questions.
Tuesday Morning Message, October 19, 2004
Have you thought of a good real-world problem to work on? Remember that a computational science project has measurable data and behaviors that can be modeled.
KICKOFF DETAILSWe can't wait to see you all on Sunday or Monday at Glorieta! The first session participants should arrive at Glorieta between 12:30 and 2:00 pm on Sunday and the second session participants should arrive at Glorieta between 10:00 and 11:30 am on Monday morning. See the web page http://www.challenge.nm.org/glorieta/glorieta_highlighted.jpg for a map to the Holcomb Auditorium building area where registration and classes will be held.
Emergency phone numbers for the center include:
Glorieta Office: 505-757-6161
As guests of the Glorieta Conference Center, please review and adhere to the rules of the center at
Teachers, when you arrive please first come to Holcomb Hall to register for the Challenge, pick up materials and get ID pictures taken. Second, register for your rooms and receive meal tickets at the New Mexico Hall.
People arriving on Sunday for our first session need to remember that meals will start at dinner. We furnish three meals for each group of students.
EMERGENCY EGRESS EPISTLEMax Lazo from Science Applications International Corporation, one of our volunteer scientists, has shared all these emergency egress URLs. Our theme of emergency egress falls into many categories. This week's site is
Check out the vehicle occupant restraints, parachute canopy releases, and emergency lighting systems an engineering company thinks about when it plans for emergency egress.
MENTORSSuccessful 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. Review the mentors on our database for a mentor who might be a good fit for your team. Write to them at their email address. Be sure to let us know if you have trouble reaching a mentor.
REGISTRATION FEESWe 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: http://www.challenge.nm.org/sponsors.shtml)
Looking forward to seeing you this next week. Got questions? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tuesday Morning Message, October 12, 2004
Good Morning Challenge Community!
The Challenge is about the components of Computational Science. One definition might be: Computational Science is the Application of Modeling and Math to Understand Real World Problems.
Ellen Lohman, one of the earliest teacher sponsors has sent us a link to an
overview of computational science. We have added this link to our Teachers
Web page because we especially like this information about "What is
Computational Science, Anyway?", see it at:
Please bring a hard copy of your team's abstract. You will have an opportunity at the Kickoff to fine-tune it. In fact, you may decide to make some major changes, but you must bring an abstract to work from.
REGISTRATION FEE AND TEAM ENTRY AUTHORIZATION FORM
EMERGENCY EGRESS EPISTLE
We are looking forward to seeing all 320 of you soon in beautiful Glorieta. We are told that the air is crisp and fresh and the trees are beautiful. You will probably want to plan to bring a jacket for cool evening. Classes will be held in the Holcomb auditorium class room area, see http://www.challenge.nm.org/glorieta/glorieta_map04.jpg for the areas of Glorieta that we will be using.
Have a great week!
Consult for the AiSC
Monday Morning Message, October 4, 2004
Happy Autumn! Happy October!
Deadline coming up - Tuesday, October 12th for two items:
Edward MacKerrow of the Complex Systems Group in the Theoretical Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory will be our keynote speaker on Monday at the kickoff. His talk will fit into our theme of emergency egress. He will discuss agent based simulation, insect colony algorithms, and some applications of these types of models, including tips and suggestions, lessons learned, real world applications, and the need for more of these types of models.
Before and at the kickoff, we will be studying how to simulate the evacuation of rooms, buildings, homes, and living areas in the event of emergencies.
Here is a link to consider for emergency egress from offices:
Look at all the diagrams and charts. The plan is simple to understand with risk based results and pictorial analysis. We hope to see similar strategies in your projects!
We will have an emergency egress "epistle" every week until the kickoff.
It is time to be thinking about your abstract. Guidelines for the abstract can be found at
At Shiprock High, students involve their English teacher and the school librarian in their Challenge work. They work with them on technical writing and research and get a grade for their abstracts, interims and final reports. What a neat way to "kill two birds with one stone!"
Monday Morning Message, September 27th
Welcome to the 15th year of the New Mexico Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge (AiS Challenge)! We will celebrate our birthday in the evening at the kickoff.
You will be receiving a Monday Morning Message almost every Monday this school year. Sometimes, it becomes a Thursday afternoon message, but we will be in constant communication through email. These messages will review deadlines and have important information for the Challenge year. Give one member of your team the responsibility of sharing these communications with the rest of the team.
Please follow the steps 3 -- 9 on our registration page at
Current deadlines here are October 12th for your TEAF, Team Entry Authorization Form, and your Challenge registration fee. Scholarships are available for the registration fee. Write to email@example.com for more information.
We will be studying how to plan evacuations from:
This area of modeling is called emergency egress or exit. We will be having emergency egress bulletins all the way up to the kickoff in Glorieta the week of October 24th. We will talk about this topic at our keynote and in our classes.
We are looking forward to meeting you at the kickoff. In April, we hope that you will be able to say, "I took the Challenge!" You are undertaking a school year long project and we are proud of you!
Consult, currently at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Bennett, Grass Roots Consulting
Monday Morning Message, September 13th
You have one more week to register for the 15th annual Supercomputing Challenge. We will adhere to the deadline of September 20th because we have to order t-shirts, reserve rooms, and buy materials.
We hope we have a great showing for our 15th year. Come celebrate our birthday at the kickoff.
After you register individually, each team of students needs to register as a team. There are several things for you to share with your students and to send into us: see the Registration link.
1) Each student must read the Acceptable Use Policy at http://challenge.nm.org/archive/04-05/aup.shtml 2) Help your students choose a computational science project. See science projects, areas of science, and project development for ideas and look at past projects in the archives. 3) Mail in the TEAF (pdf file) or (HTML file) the Team Entry Authorization Form - Deadline October 12. (Address to mail to at bottom of file) 4) $30 Registration fee due for each student participating in the AiS Challenge. (Send with the TEAF- Deadline October 12. 5) Learn about the Kickoff: the activities, rules, and expectations. 6) Help your students prepare their Abstract. They must bring one to the kickoff. See Abstract hints An Abstract template is to be filled out for each team.
Our theme for this Kickoff Conference will be Emergency Egress and Ed MacKerrow will be our keynote speaker.
Remember, please write to email@example.com with any questions.
David Kratzer and Gina Fisk, LANL
AiS Challenge Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Morning Message, September 9th
Here is the first of many weekly messages you will be receiving from Consult and the New Mexico Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge!
We hope that you have already registered for the 15th annual Supercomputing Challenge! The deadline is September 20th. We can't wait to see you in Glorieta in October!
Please visit the registration page at
There you will read about the acceptable use policy, ideas for projects, the TEAF (Team Entry Authorization Form), registration costs, the kickoff, the abstract and dates for the year.
Allow me to clarify the registration fee. It is $30 per student and is for the Challenge year and not for the kickoff at Glorieta. Teachers, bus drivers and chaperones are our guests!
Our topic for this year is emergency egress, modeled after a project Goddard High did a couple years ago! You will be receiving Emergency Egress Emails to discuss with your teams shortly!
As always, please feel free to write to email@example.com with any questions, suggestions, kudos, chocolate (?), etc.
Help us celebrate our 15th year! We hope that it will be our best!
Warmly, Celia for Consult
Tuesday Morning Message, August 31st
Please join us for the 15th annual Challenge. Please go to and print a flyer to place in your school for others to join. http://www.challenge.nm.org/archive/04-05/invitation_flyer.pdf
Can't wait to see each and every one of you at Glorieta, October 24 - 26th.
Here is the invite link:
AiS Challenge Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult1516 @ supercomputingchallenge.org
New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, Inc.
80 Cascabel Street
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544