Weekly News Flashes
Tuesday Morning Message, May 1, 2007
Please check out the web page http://challenge.nm.org
for the great photos from Awards Day. You'll also find links to the great news coverage the Challenge
We loved celebrating with you last week. Please remember if you received a
scholarship or an award that you need to write a thank you note to the sponsor.
Please email us if you don't know the person who should get the note.
Name plates are being made for the winners plaques and trophies and we'll mail
those to you as soon as we get them from the company that is making them.
The order for new trophies and plaques and corrected plaques has also been placed.
School Board Meetings
While your project is still clear in your mind, it might be a good time for you to
schedule a presentation with your local school board or PTA to share your learnings
and about the Supercomputing Challenge. You might also write a press release
about your accomplishments. Melrose High presents Challenge participants'
certificates at their local awards ceremony.
You might ask your school board or PTA to set aside some money to support your
teams for next year, line items for buses, teacher substitutes, registration fees, etc.
Summer Teacher Institute
Teachers, join us for the evening of July 8th - July 20th for our annual institute, this
year at CNM in Albuquerque. The camaraderie is one good reason to join. Just write
to Consult with your interest.
Lost and Found
We have a long sleeved black t-shirt that someone left at the Awards Ceremony.
We may not be sending out too many more Monday Morning Messages (or Tuesday
Morning Messages) this year, but know that consult is always there to support you.
Best wishes finishing off this semester. Plan to participate in the Challenge next year.
Seniors, best wishes for your college career or whatever path you choose to take.
Remember, you can still participate in the Challenge as a mentor, judge or helper.
Monday Morning Message, April 16, 2007
Next week this time, we hope to see your shining faces in Los Alamos. You will
have brought with you appropriate clothes for presenting and walking, a
and anything else you need for your presentation. You may be rooming with students
from another school, so do bring your good manners also. It is optional to bring a
If you are bringing a laptop,
make sure you have submitted the necessary paperwork
and make sure your laptop's battery is fully charged when you come to the Library
The Expo will take place in the Research Library and Study Center at the Los Alamos
National Laboratory's TA-3 site (see the
detailed map). Breakfast
is in your hotel. Registration opens at 8:00.
Details can be found at http://challenge.nm.org/expo
The finalist judges have a conference call this Wednesday afternoon and the first
round of finalists will then be posted on the web.
Current expo schedules are available at
During the tours, three awards need your input. You vote for the student or teacher
choice and for the best logo for next year in the North Gallery of the Study Center
which is where you will have set up your posters after you have finished presenting
to the Expo Judges.
These rubrics will help you plan your presentation:
Lunch will be available at the Otowi Cafeteria across from the Study Center. You
will be given a lunch ticket in your registration packet.
Tours groups are formed in the Study Center after you have set up your poster
in the North Gallery of the Study Center. Review the guidelines at
Important phone numbers to note:
Best Western Hilltop House Hotel (505-662-2441), the Ashley Hotel (505-662-7211),
and the Hampton Inn in White Rock (505-672-3838)
Consult: 505-321-9925 or 505-220-5050
Don't forget your tooth brush. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Monday Morning Message, April 9, 2007
We have many tips to give you about the upcoming Expo/Awards' Day.
Best Web Page of Final Report
There is an award for the best web page of a final report. There will be a
financial award and a web hosting attached to this award. We have one team that
has entered this contest. You have one week to get this into Consult.
Laptops on Lab Property
If you are planning to bring a laptop computer with you to present your project
to the Finalist or Expo Judges, please follow the directions located here:
Private cameras will not be allowed in the Expo presentation area so leave
them in your vehicles on Monday, but bring them to the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.
Length of Presentations
At both the Expo and the Finalists presentations, your team has up to 20 minutes
to share your project. Then there will be time for questions from the judges.
Please keep this time limit in mind as you plan your presentation.
Expo/Awards' Day Information
All you wanted to know and didn't remember to ask is available at:
Locations, directions, tour information, info on display boards, and housing
information is available there.
The housing lists should be posted this afternoon.
The Expo schedule is posted at:
Lighting Up the Dark Universe
Evidence has accumulated to suggest that the matter in planets, stars, and
interstellar gas-ordinary matter made of neutrons, protons, and electrons-is but
a small fraction of the matter in the universe. Read more at:
Monday Morning Message, April 2, 2007
Your final report is due in two more days. Congratulations to Team 85 from Rio Rancho
for being the first team to get their report in! We hope to be inundated with reports
for the next two days! They MUST be in by noon as they go judges at 12:01.
Registration for the Expo/Awards Day
We are hoping to have a large crowd at the Expo/Awards Day and we have to reserve
rooms and order food, so we need to have correct numbers, so please register by
Lodging will be available in Los Alamos Sunday evening for Expo registrants from
more than 100 miles from Los Alamos and on Monday evening for students more than 60
miles from Los Alamos.
The Supercomputing Challenge will pay for room (one or two nights at hotel and
breakfast included); any other lodging charges will be your responsibility. Note
that you may share a room with people from other teams (students will be placed
four to a room and teachers two to a room). Participants will be housed at the Best
Western Hilltop House Hotel (505-662-2441) and the Ashley Hotel and Suites (505-662-7211).
Expo, Monday, April 23rd
The Expo will take place in the Study Center above the Los Alamos National
Laboratory Research Library at the Laboratory's TA-3 site (see the
On Monday, April 23rd, each team will be assigned a half-hour time slot between
8:30 and 11:30 to present their project to a set of judges. In addition to the
poster display, a (laptop) computer can be used during the presentation. After the
teams present their projects, they should get ready to go on tours of the Laboratory
(quickly return valuable items and items not allowed on the tours to their vehicles).
After lunch the tours will continue and will visit several different Laboratory
sites to learn about the ongoing research at Los Alamos.
Tours at Los Alamos
Everyone must bring a picture ID because you will have to present it to
take the tours. A driver's license or student picture ID is adequate.
If you do not have a driver's license, you can have a picture ID made at
the Department of Motor Vehicles. If we have your picture from Glorieta,
that will do, but bring a picture ID just in case.
There can be NO last-minute substitutions; only those students and
teachers whose names have been sent in may attend the Laboratory tours
that go inside the security area.
Only US citizens will be allowed on the tours inside the security area,
but foreign nationals may participate in the parts of the tours that are
outside of the security area.
Teams wanting to go on the tours together MUST go through the registration
line together. Tours will take place from 10:00 to 5:00 on Monday.
The following articles are PROHIBITED inside the security area:
- 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, flash drives, 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.
Bradbury Museum and Swimming
Don't forget to attend the Supercomputing Challenge reception at the Bradbury
Science Museum, Monday from 5 - 7PM. Bring your swimming suit if you would like
to go swimming at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos. It is located
at 2760 Canyon Road, phone number 662-8170, and open Sunday from 1pm - 5pm and
Monday from 6am - 8pm.
The Awards Ceremony will be held 9:00 to 11:00 on Tuesday, April 24th at the
Church of Christ auditorium. (see the detailed map) A lunch will follow.
In addition to the winning team and individual scholarship awards, all teams
who submit a team project will receive a certificate of the 17th Annual
Finalists will receive special certificates and awards. Other awards will be
given, including prizes and special recognition for winners in the Poster Competitions.
Foiling the Flu Bug
Cold, flu, or something worse? Los Alamos researchers are working on
a home-use kit that would give the answer QUICKLY. Learn more at
Monday Morning Message, March 26, 2007
More Winners from Challenge Community
We believe all of you who turn in a final report are truly winners for
sticking with a school year long task, but here are some different winners.
Results for Los Alamos High School Supercomputing teams who qualified for the regional science fair:
Stoyana Alexandrova, Iliana Alexandrova
E.coli in Hostile Environments
1st place in the team category
Jonathan Robey, Dov Schlacter
A Lot of Hot Air: Modeling Compressible Fluid Dynamics
Senior Computer Science
3rd place in the team category
A winner from Socorro:
Southwestern Mew Mexico Science and Engineering Fair
Congratulations from Consult to all of you!
Your Expo/Awards Day Calendar and Checklist
- Write final report, due April 4th, NO LATER THAN NOON.
- Check with your language arts teacher for help on report and maybe some extra credit.
- Register for the Expo and Awards Ceremony, due April 4th.
- Pack your picture ID to go on LANL Tours.
- Think of clothes for presentation.
- Create display board for presentation.
- Prepare presentation.
- Dream up design for Challenge logo for next year, optional.
- Decide if your team is doing a web page for a final report, due Monday, April 16, 2007, 8:00 am
- Check out the Bradbury Museum on Monday. April 23rd from 5 - 7, PM. Dinner is on your own, so do bring some money for that and go to the museum before or afterwards.
Judging Rubric and Expo/Awards Day Info
Our volunteer judges use two rubrics to judge your projects.
Go to http://challenge.nm.org/expo and scroll
down to Judging Information and check out the final judging and expo rubrics there.
Make sure you are including this criterion in your final report and presentation:
Problem Statement (15%)
Mathematical/Algorithmic Model (25%)
Computational and/or Agent-Based Model (25%)
Results & Conclusions (15%)
Code (Weight 10%)
Display (Weight 10%)
If you are unclear about any of these criteria, please write to consult at challenge.nm.org for clarification.
Other good information on this page:
Link to Expo registration
Schedules of Events Awards Ceremony
Please keep returning to this spot as we will be adding information as details become clearer.
April 4th is only ten days away! You have ten days to finish your report and to register for our celebration.
Los Alamos is home to the Bradbury Museum. The Bradbury Science Museum displays
exhibits about the history of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its research.
Many of the exhibits are interactive and feature videos, computers, and science
demonstrations. Visit the website at
Plan to visit on Monday, April 23rd from 5-7.
Tuesday Morning Message, March 20, 2007
Your Challenge Teams To Do List!
- Work on your final report, due Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at NOON.
Email it as an attachment to finalreport07 at challenge.nm.org. See
for details about format, content, and links to past final reports.
- Make the plans to come with your team to Expo Awards. Registration deadline is Wednesday,
April 4, 2007. Please try to be as accurate as possible as reserved but unused rooms are
charged to the Challenge. The Expo is April 23rd and the Awards Ceremony is April 24th in
- Decide if your team is going to submit a web page (HTML) version of your final report.
Those are due Monday, April 16, 2007, 8:00 am. The HTML version of a final report is optional
and in addition to a written final report. An award will be given for the best Final Report
- Work on presentation and display board. Every team attending the Expo is required to
give a presentation to a panel of judges on Monday, April 23rd. The talk should not exceed
30 minutes and will explain your work and your project to the judges. A
display board summarizing your work is
mandatory as well. Using a computer during your presentation is optional. The winning display
board will win $100 and that design will be on the cover of this years' final reports books.
Do not wait to do this on the bus!
- Decide if your team is going to create a graphics poster. Your team could win $200!
This image will be used for next year's t-shirts. web page, stationary, etc.
What to bring to Los Alamos
- Bring clothes for your presentation. Plan to present your final report in appropriate
clothes, no jeans, no flip flops, no gum, etc.
- Bring your display board. Optional: Bring your graphics poster.
- Bring a picture ID so that you can go on the lab's tour.
Sandia Tour Report
About 60 students and teachers from 11 schools participated in a tour of Sandia National
Laboratories on Monday March 19th. A Challenge project work session was held on Sunday
afternoon/evening at the Hotel. See the group picture and the tour schedule at
Summer Teacher Institute
Teachers: please save the dates July 8-20, 2007 to join us for the Summer Teacher
Institute in Albuquerque. If you haven't let us know that you are joining us, please
do. We are looking forward to some good learning and good times.
Regional Science Fairs
This weekend the central region of the state celebrated its science fair. Three
Challenge students were successful participants: Erica DeBenedictus, William Laub,
and Sam Boling. Congratulations! We would like to include in next week's MMM the
names of other winners from the Challenge in the other Regional Fairs. Please send
the names to consult at challenge.nm.org with a quick note saying which teams the
winners are from and which regional fair you are reporting. We'd be interested in
top and special prizes.
Monday Morning Message, March 12, 2007
Happy Daylight Savings Time!
Enjoy the light whenever you can!
Get out your Palms, your Blackberry, your hard copy calendars, or your online calendar and write down these dates:
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at NOON. Deadline to submit final report.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Registration deadline for Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos.
Registration will soon be open. Please come join us to celebrate your team's success of completing the Challenge.
Monday, April 16, 2007, 8:00 am Submissions for the Best HTML version of a final report due.
There is an award for the best web page of a final report. Decide if your team is up for this task and
then submit it to consult at challenge.nm.org . Expert web designers will be judging this category.
See the Final Report Guidelines for specific information.
Refer to How To Efficiently Write a Technical Report (Word file)
or the PDF file.
See last year's final reports.
Every team attending the Expo will be required to give a presentation not
to exceed one half-hour on their work to a panel of judges on Monday, April
23rd. A display board (details at
summarizing your work is mandatory as well; using a computer during your presentation is optional.
To those you have previously registered: You must bring a picture ID to
receive your badge, and hence get on base, see the presentations, take the
tour. School IDs with pictures, drivers licenses, passports, any picture ID will do.
Science and Supercomputing Link
Research by a Sandia National Laboratories engineer and a University
of New Mexico Health Sciences Center neurologist shows that brain injury
may occur within one millisecond after a human head is thrust into a
windshield as a result of a car accident. Find out more at
Friday Morning Message, March 2, 2007
You never know on what day you might receive one of our updates!
Dateline: Santa Fe, February 28th: Our Challenge Capshaw teachers and
student teams hosted a school-wide event for parents. The purpose was to
drum up interest for the Challenge and the GUTS (Growing Up Thinking
Scientifically, currently a Santa Fe program.) Parents rotated through
two different groups of activities including Triazzles, Palm simulations,
and StarLogo programming. Parents participated in two off-line simulations
which were then modeled with StarLogo. Students helped their parents log
into the computers and bring up StarLogo and write a small but rewarding
program called DANCE. Everyone was successful and able to modify the
program to change the "dance steps". A fine time was had by all.
Thank you, Capshaw Teachers: Peter, Sue, Theresa and Makoena. You
are the face of the Challenge.
We are pleased to announce that we have 30 applicants for this year's
scholarships. The competition is going to be tough and we wish all you
seniors the best of luck. The scholarship committee will review the
materials we have received and will decide the next steps.
Applicants, if you haven't already, please mail us a copy of your
high school transcript and email us the name of the school you plan to
attend in the fall of 2008.
We have experienced an overwhelming response for the Sandia Tour this
year. Thanks to efforts of Tom Laub we will be able to accommodate all
those who have already registered.
If you are attending the Tour and your team would like some Challenge
mentoring on Sunday, please write to Consult and we will set up an appointment
for you at the Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Circle. Teams in the past have
found this opportunity a great way to make progress on their projects.
Friends, your next deadline for the Challenge is Wednesday, April 4,
2007 at NOON. This is the deadline to submit your team's final report.
We will be reminding you about this date and time weekly. We must receive
by then so that our judges can begin the judging process.
More information can be found at
Your team MUST submit a final report to join us in the festivities
at Expo/Awards Day, April 23rd and 24th.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 is also the registration deadline for Expo
and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos. Details will follow.
Rings Around the Earth: A Clue to Climate Change?
most of us know about rings around Saturn and Jupiter, some scientists
believe there once were rings of rock debris around our own planet.
Two scientists - Peter J. Fawcett, of the University of New Mexico, and
Mark B.E. Boslough, of the U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National
Laboratories - have suggested that a geologically "recent" collision
(about 35 million years ago) may have caused such a temporary debris ring.
For more, at Sandia National Labs, go
A reminder: It is best to write to consult at challenge.nm.org with
any question or comment, and not separately to any of us, as you never
know when one of us might be in Acapulco!
Monday Morning Message, February 26, 2007
Congratulations on completing an important milestone in the Challenge year.
Seventy-six teams presented, that is great. We thank the volunteer judges
who are the backbone of our program. Do heed their suggestions. Those
judges will be your advocate at the Expo/Awards Day, April 23rd and 24th.
Keep those cards and letters coming to your legislators. Phone calls
are good also. We are hoping that after this season, the Challenge funding
will be re-occurring. Please send Consult a copy of any emails. Thanks to
Talaya White from Team 37 for joining the Challenge Board and consult at
the legislative meeting.
We are nearing the limit of participants for the Sandia Tour, so if
you are interested in joining us, please make sure that you have registered
by writing sandiatour07 at challenge.nm.org. Thanks to the efforts of mentor
and judge, Sandian Tom Laub, the exciting agenda is completed. Highlights
are talks about Climate Modeling, Asteroid Impact Simulations, Modeling
Traumatic Brain Injury and Tours of Hermes (High Energy Radiation Megavolt
Electron Source) and Saturn, an x-ray source.
To apply for a Challenge scholarship; please go to page
Notice all the different scholarships available.
Near the bottom it says
Any senior student wishing to be considered for a scholarship award
MUST submit the following by February 28th, 2007 (THAT IS THIS WEDNESDAY):
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all documentation, including supportive statements, are sent to: scholarship07 at challenge.nm.org
- A letter describing his/her contribution to the team project with an emphasis on the specific areas of leadership.
- The sponsoring teacher MUST endorse the team member's letter and outline the qualities and examples from the teacher's perspective.
- The Project Advisor and/or other team members may also provide supporting statements of this individual's role and contribution to the team effort.
There really isn't an online application at this time. After you do this, you may get a phone call or email from the judges.
Pulsed Power Technology at Sandia National Laboratories
photograph of electrical flashover arcs produced over the surface of the
water in the accelerator tank as a byproduct of Z operation. These
flashovers are much like strokes of lightnings.
Pulsed Power Technology (PPT) is used to generate and apply energetic beams and high-power energy pulses. It is distinguished by the development of repetitive pulsed power technologies, x-ray and energetic beam sources, and electromagnetic and radiation hydrodynamic codes for a wide variety of applications.
For more information:
Thursday Morning Message, February 23, 2007
Thank you to all of you who wrote and/or called your representatives about
House Bills 1084 and 1115 and supported your Supercomputing Challenge.
We shared a lot of information with the committee on Wednesday evening.
The two bills received a "do pass" and have moved on to the Finance Committee.
We will keep you posted about the results of the next hearing. And, of course,
the campaign goes on: there is still time to get in touch with your legislators.
Thank you so much for the support you have given the Challenge so far.
More than 25 teams made presentations on Saturday at UNM. This Saturday
we will conclude the February evaluations at New Mexico Tech. Remember to
keep checking the schedule at
Email consult right away if your team has an emergency and needs to adjust its plans.
There is still time to sign up for the Sandia Tour Day. In addition to tours and lunch,
there will be presentations from scientists and engineers, some of whom are former
Challengers. Details are at
Please write to sandiatour07 at challenge.nm.org.
SENIORS--Scholarship information is available on the website at
The application can be completed online and we may ask for transcripts and
other information later. Please send applications and supporting letters to
scholarship07 at challenge.nm.org.
Urban road race to test limits of robotic cars
SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- In what sounds like a science fair
project on steroids, engineers at Stanford University plan to have an unmanned
robot car ready to navigate urban traffic in less than a year.
Read about it at
Enjoy the rest of your week and keep those calls, emails, and letters coming to
your representatives. We are looking forward to celebrating our success at Awards Day!
Tuesday Morning Message, February 20, 2007
Dear Challenge Community - Teams, Teachers, Parents, Administrators, Judges, Mentors, Sponsors:
Now is the time to write, telephone, email or visit your representatives about House Bill 1084 and House Bill 1115. Tomorrow the House Education Committee will discuss House Bill 1084 at 1:30 in the afternoon. These two bills offer the legislative, financial support that is essential to the Supercomputing Challenge being able to continue after Award's Day.
A phone call is effective and easy. Chances are that your representative will not answer the phone and so you leave your message with the person who is answering and taking messages. Have three sentences ready about why you think the Challenge should receive funding. You can start by saying, "My name is .. and I'm calling to ask Representative XXXX to support House Bill 1084. House Bill 1084 supports the Supercomputing Challenge. I am a student/parent/teacher/administrator and I live in xyz and go to abc school. The Challenge is important because your-own-words-here."
Some examples for your own words might include how the Challenge has helped you understand science or prepare you for high school or college. You might say that your school has trouble finding the money to get the buses to take you to Challenge Kickoff or Sandia Tour Day or Los Alamos Awards Day. You might mention the scholarship opportunities. You know what to say!
So who is your Representative? You can go to this link to find out if you aren't sure who represents your neighborhood: Find your legislator: http://legis.state.nm.us/lcs/legislatorsearch.asp You put in your zip code to locate your Legislators.
Here are the members of the House Education Committee. http://legis.state.nm.us/lcs/committeedetail.asp?CommCode=HEC
If you can make two phone calls (or one phone call and one email!), please write to one these representatives who will be making the first decision about whether or not to support the Challenge. VERY important!! It may be that your representative is on the House Education Committee - so that would be just one important phone call.
THANK YOU for making time today to do this important work. The Challenge is depending on you to make your voice heard so that the Challenge will continue to provide science, mathematics, engineering, and technology opportunities to middle and high school students around the state.
Tuesday Morning Message, February 13, 2007
Shiprock High hosted February Evaluations last Friday and next Saturday,
teams will be meeting at the University of New Mexico. Please continue to
check the schedules at http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations for last minute
changes or updates. Remember, too, to write to Consult if you have questions
or last minute changes.
The Speaker of the House, Ben Lujan, has introduced HB 1084 for $160K
for Supercomputing Challenge. It has been assigned to House Education
and House Appropriations committees, which would be the normal assignments.
Seniors, there is still time to gather all your materials and let us know you are
interested in one of our scholarships. Details can be found at
Deadline is February 28th.
Process may change after we see how many seniors are interested.
Sandia Tour, March 19th
Please check out the details for the Sandia Tour at
The 50 slots for this tour are filling fast. Email any questions or the registration
information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow, what will computers be like and how powerful with they be in just a few years?
And here is our Valentine's link: Ancient Lovers Are Unearthed in Italy
We hope all of you will be our Valentines!
Monday Morning Message, February 5, 2007
Most southern and northern Challenge teams made their presentations
before judges this past Saturday. Please make sure that you
understand the judges' suggestions. They can become an advocate for
your team, especially if you heed their suggestions. Please let us
know if their feedback was helpful.
Lessons learned from the evaluations held at Santa Fe Community College:
1) if you are bringing a Macintosh laptop, bring a dongel with you that will
allow the Mac to be connected to a projection system, 2) if you bring your
presentation on a jump drive, make sure all the files and images are on the
jump drive, 3) if you just upgraded to MS Office 2007, save your PowerPoint
presentation so that 2003 can read it (bring a .ppt not just a .pptx), and 4) if
you sit in on another team's presentation please be a quite observer. You
can learn from seeing others present so that is not discouraged.
Best of luck to the Farmington area, Eastern and central Challenge teams
as they go to their evaluations next week. Please continue to check
http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations for schedule changes and last
News from Ben Lujan, Speaker of the House and his administrative chief
of staff, Regis Pecos, is that the Challenge bill will be given a number this
week. Get those phone dialing and letter writing fingers ready to "swamp"
the legislature with supportive calls and letters to your representatives and
Seniors, please gather all your materials to be eligible for a scholarship.
Details can be found at
Deadline is February 28th.
Process may change after we see how many seniors are interested. Stay tuned!
Sandia Tour, March 19th
Please check out the details for the Sandia Tour at
We are hoping that we can easily fill up the 50 slots available for
this engaging tour.
Email questions and registration information to
Global Warming Conference - it's all about models!
At this week's environmental conference in Paris, scientists reported
for the first time that "global warming is "unequivocal" and that human
activity is the main driver.." This article from the New York Times
outlines the discussion. On the PBS News Hour, a reporter asked
an expert on climate change how the scientists could be so sure of
their predictions. He replied that it is because the models of climate
change have been developed and refined in the last two decades and
are now sufficiently robust and sophisticated that their predictions are
reliable. This link to the BBC News includes a terrific set of graphics
showing how the models work. Click on the "in graphics" under
Improvements in the Science
Further down, there is an explanation about the massive increases
in computer power to increase regional details.
A 3D computer simulation of 10,000 neurons firing in the human brain
produces a terabyte of data--a fraction of what it would take to map
the brain's billions of neurons in algorithms.
Visit Blueprinting the Human Brain at
for more information.
Monday Morning Message, January 29, 2007
Dear Challenge Community!
February Project Evaluations
Your project evaluations are coming up quickly. Please check page
The judges will be giving you immediate feedback on your research,
your mathematical model or StarLogo, your C++, Java or StarLogo code,
and your presentation to include your teaming, visuals, and speaking.
These four areas give you an outline for your presentation!
The form they are going to use is located at
You will receive their written feedback as you leave your presentation.
We think we have made 100 changes and there are only 80 teams! Hope
you are scheduled now for an appropriate time.
Save Sandia Tour Date
Once again, Tom Laub is organizing a Sandia Tour on Monday, March 19, 2007
Sandia National Labs will host a tour day for participants in the Supercomputing
Challenge on Monday March 19th, 2007. 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 Challenge participants and registration will be on a
first come first served basis. There is financial support available for
lodging for those schools traveling long distances (so they can spend
the night on Sunday). We will meet off-base and be bused on base with
Sandia Lab transportation. We will meet at 8:30 AM (We will let you know
of the location in a later email). The agenda is still in flux so we are
not yet sure what time we will be finished. We are shooting for about
3:00 PM. Lunch will be provided.
Please coordinate your participation through your sponsoring teacher so
there is one registration form per school.
The following information is needed for every participant:
Date of Birth
A Social Security Number is necessary to get visitor badges for access
to Sandia National Labs Technical Areas; however, the Challenge will provide
Sandia with your Social Security Number. If you did not provide your Social
Security Number to the Challenge during registration, you will need to make
arrangements to get that information to us. Also Consult will provide digital
pictures of all participants as taken at the kick-off event in October. Having
a picture expedites the processing of badges. Those without digital
pictures on file will need to supply pictures (JPEG) or have them taken
at the Sandia badge office.
It is ESSENTIAL that all participants wishing to go on the tour bring 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. Please make your reservation by March 1, 2007 to allow enough
time for processing information at Sandia's badge office. Email the
registration information to email@example.com
Our Board of Directors are working diligently with Speaker of the
House, Ben Lujan and his Chief of Staff, Regis Pecos. Soon, we will
have a bill number and will ask each and every one of you to have your
parents and teachers to call your legislators in support of the bill.
We will be announcing scholarships procedures for seniors next week.
The deadline for applications is February 28th. Current information
is located at
Please wait for update next week before completing any of the paperwork.
Supercomputer To Advance Studies Of Abrupt Climate Change
Science Daily - Climate researchers at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison have been given unprecedented access to one of the
world's most powerful supercomputers to better understand the causes
and consequences of abrupt climate change.
Monday Morning Message, January 22, 2007
Please do respond to the online mentor who gave you email feedback on
your Interim reports. This is only polite. They can become your
February Project Evaluations
Please continue to check the schedule for your February Evaluation at
http://challenge.nm.org/evaluations to see any changes.
The judges at the February evaluations can also become your allies as
you enter the final evaluations. They remember you and your work and
often watch to see if you take their suggestions.
Shane Wilson, from Artesia, reminds us that there is a forum available
for your teams to utilize. It can be found at
Forums are just another name for discussion boards or message boards.
They enable users to interact with each other by exchanging tips and
discussing hot topics.
Forums save information posted on a particular topic for other people
to see at any time, this creates a discussion environment. Everything
that gets posted gets read again and again.
To use the Challenge Forum, you need register a user name if you haven't
already. Click on Register on the first row of options.
Suggested uses are a place to "talk" to your mentor, a place to share
your solutions, ask questions.
If your question is urgent, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,
until the forum gets more usage.
Please get your parents, teachers, and community to write to your
legislators urging them to support the Challenge. Members of the
Challenge Board of Directors are meeting with legislators and we will
update you next week.
First Annual Rocky Mountain Space Settlement Design Competition
February 9 - 11, 2007
Los Alamos, New Mexico
High School Students, Only
Design a Space Colony or Settlement -
Somewhere in the Universe,
Somewhere in the Future!
The winning team will then participate in the International Space
Settlement Design Competition to be held at the NASA Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas in July 2007.
Get those cards and letters to your legislators. Get those
presentations down pat. Get some time to play in the snow, too!
Tuesday Afternoon Message, January 16, 2007
Two big items in this message: Legislative Campaign and here come the Project Evaluations!
You have received an email about support for the Challenge and the
state legislature. Please have your parents, teachers and mentors
write, call or visit with the appropriate people and the governor,
telling them the Challenge benefits. We'll stay in touch with you
about action we need you to take to assure that the Challenge
will be funded for next year.
There will be weekly updates on this needed support.
On February 3rd, we are expecting the teams near Eastern, Santa Fe and
Las Cruces to go to those colleges and give a 20 minute presentation
to three or four judges. The judges will have ten minutes for questions.
After your presentation, you will receive written feedback from the judges.
If you can't make this scheduled time, please let Consult know ASAP!
Please keep checking at
as the schedules could change.
Tips for Presentations
Remember first impressions are important. Dress for a presentation.
Place your gum in the wastebasket when you are ready to present.
Think about what your hands are doing. Look really interested when
your teammates are talking. Smile. Give eye contact.
Tips for PowerPoint Presentations
See the Presentation topic under
http://challenge.nm.org/resources for the following information:
Scoring Power Points
The Biotechnology Institute's (
"mission is to engage, excite, and educate the public, particularly
young people, about the promise and challenges of biotechnology." They
publish Your World: Biotechnology & You, a free bi-annual magazine for
grades 7 to 12. Your World explores a single topic in-depth, includes
tips an online teacher's guide, and student activities.
Practice those presentations and write those legislators!
Tuesday Morning Message, January 9, 2007
Your team should have heard via email from a judge who has given
you some feedback on your Interim Report. Please respond to
these knowledgeable volunteers by thanking them and responding
to their questions and comments. If your team has not received
some feedback, please write to email@example.com
January Peer Review
Please let us know how any peer reviews are going. It is
important to practice telling people about your project
before your evaluation time in February.
February Project Evaluations
Be planning ahead for the Project Evaluations. If your team has
a conflict with the scheduled time or location, please let
consult know. Check the
web page for the schedule.
Alumnae Report about SC06, the international conference of high
performance computing, networking, storage and analysis held in
Tampa, Florida and attended by more than 7,100 people by
Stephanie McAllister, New Mexico Tech:
This year's supercomputing conference was a great experience
for me. There are always special things about going to a
conference like this, especially all the cool free giveaways.
RedHat was giving away 10 red fedoras every day, there were lots
of Happy Fun Balls, and other unique toys. One of these toys was
a plastic rod covered with an inorganic substance which would
light up green when a particle of light hits it. These light
detecting rods are used in a massive underground experiment with
Besides material things, going around and talking to people I
found out a lot about what people and companies do. The
conversations also lead to what the new innovations are. One such
innovation is 100Gb optical cards. One company has manufactured
100Gb networking cards that actually perform at 100Gb. There are
a few things left to do on the cards, but it's close enough to be
the next thing in supercomputing interconnects.
Also in the news, the release of the Top500 list. The 100
tera-flop barrier has been broken by a few machines now. One
machine has also been stable and predictable on the Linpack
benchmark, the first one in history. For more specific information
on the Top500, go to http://top500.org.
At any big conference, networking opportunities arise. There
are many companies looking for employees and interns, as I ran
into at SC06. One big key to making a conference like this work
for you is to go talk to people. This gets your face and name
out into the business world and can help you get a job in the future.
Overall, this conference was very informative and I thoroughly
enjoyed talking to people just about non-stop for a week. It was an
expensive trip to Tampa, Florida, and it was a great experience.
If you have the chance to go, I would encourage you to, but be careful
if you go while still in school!
Later this week, we will be sending you a note with a template for a
letter for your teachers and parents to send to your local state
representatives and senators. They need to hear from voters about
the Supercomputing Challenge. More to come on this!
Astron and IBM are collaborating on designing a microprocessor that
will help antennas collect weak radio signals from deep space. Some
of the signals could be 13 billion years old and provide clues to
the source of dark matter and the origin of the universe. For more
Tuesday Afternoon Message, January 2, 2007
Happy New Year!
Congratulations to the 66 teams that have submitted their Interim Reports!
February Project Evaluations
Those teams that have submitted Interims have been scheduled for the
February Project Evaluations. Please check the schedules at:
and let Consult know of any problems. Remember to check that site
weekly, especially the week of your evaluation, for updates.
January Peer Reviews
This month you should practice for the February Project Evaluations by
having a Peer Review. See
for more details.
Homeland Security High School garners praise from DOD
A DOD official recently praised a Sandia-sponsored homeland security
program as the nation's best homeland security program for high school
students. Read more at:
Forty years of nuclear safeguards: "keeping the world a safer place."
Read more at:
Sandia Laboratories' Redstorm computer #2 in the world. Read more at:
Tuesday Afternoon Message, December 19, 2006
Hope you are enjoying your break from school.
63 Interim Reports have been submitted and we are still
hoping for a few more. Now we are updating the February
Project Evaluation schedule. Check the Project Evaluation
schedule weekly in January to see the changes and let us
know if there are any conflicts.
The satellite tracking group from the International, Space &
Response (ISR) Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory
again will be tracking Santa Claus' whereabouts on Christmas
Eve. Check out
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at
Monday Morning Message, December 11, 2006
We already have 12 Interim Reports online! Hope to see that amount
times eight by FRIDAY. A judge or mentor will give you written feedback
via email. It is polite to acknowledge their note. Next week we will start
scheduling the February Project Evaluations, so let us know if you have
Here is a rather good CNN article on supercomputing:
And if you are in the Santa Fe or Albuquerque area:
A free talk on Avian Influenza
Avian Influenza: How LANL is helping respond to a potential pandemic.
Although 'bird flu' has been the subject of recent media attention,
the public can often be left with more questions than answers. How
serious is the problem? How can I protect myself and my family? What
is the government doing to address this situation?
To supply information for interpreting this potential threat, several
LANL scientists will share their insights and understanding of
influenza. Topic areas will include: a historical perspective of
infectious disease, the current global situation, the biology of the
influenza virus itself, and how government policy could influence the
spread of the flu should it come to pass.
The Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory are pleased to announce
that the Frontiers in Science public lecture series will continue this
month with a panel discussion featuring Jeanne Fair (EES-2), Norman
Johnson, (T-10), and Ruy Ribeiro, (T-10), with Gary Resnick, (B-DO),
as moderator. The title of the talk is:
"Avian Influenza: How LANL is helping respond to a potential pandemic."
This talk will be presented in Albuquerque, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and
Taos. The abstract and schedule are below. Further information about
the Frontiers in Science lectures can be obtained from Basil Swanson
(basil@ lanl.gov, 7-5814), James Theiler (jtheiler @lanl.gov, 5-5682), or
from the Fellows Web site:
The Frontiers in Science public lectures are presented by Laboratory
scientists and are intended to inform Northern New Mexico communities
about the broad range of scientific and engineering research performed
at the Laboratory. Please come and bring your friends and family.
There is no admission charge.
Please join us for an interesting evening.
Albuquerque: Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th Street NW
Santa Fe: Friday, December 15, 2006 at 7:00 p.m.
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Avenue
See you next year! Best of luck with your Interims!
Monday Morning Message, December 4, 2006
Happy Holidays to all!
In the rubrics for judging in April, there are several categories:
Computational and/or Agent-Based Model
Results & Conclusions
These are the areas you should be addressing in your interim report.
If you need assistance in one of these areas, state that area in your
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!)
Once again, the place to be for information on your interim report is
What will you be doing next summer?
"Each summer approximately 75 high school students gather for six
of the most stimulating weeks of their young lives. Selected from the
United States and other nations, these students participate in a
rigorous academic program which emphasizes advanced theory
and research in mathematics, the sciences, and engineering.
This is the Research Science Institute (RSI)." Learn about RSI at:
Bring in the "Bee Team", interesting scientific research:
And just in time for holiday giving, soon supercomputers could be made
out of Sony Playstation 2's. Read more at
Make some good new year resolutions! Enjoy your upcoming break.
Monday Morning Message, November 27, 2006
Hope you didn't overdose on turkey! Or tofu? No matter what your
eating preferences are, we are thankful that you are part of the
Supercomputing Challenge community.
How is your Interim Report coming along? Need any help? Remember that
it is due online, Friday, December 15th. Here is the link:
We are proud that we have 88 proposals now posted. We are hoping that
we have that many interim reports, too. We already have five interims
posted, one from Las Cruces and four from Rio Rancho High!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Astronauts do all kinds of testing: here is a test of a very long shot.
Step by Step, Math Models Unlock Secrets of Cancer Biology
Monday Morning Message, November 20, 2006
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Lots of information here.
The Academy for the Classics in Santa Fe are on their way to working
with mentors online and in person. Some Artesia, Albuquerque Academy
and Los Alamos teams have their mentors placed on their online
December will be Challenge Interim month! Interims are due before you
go on winter break. Please check out this link for all the information you
February Project Evaluations
We have already been contacted by teams planning for the Project
Evaluations. Start making your travel plans and if you have any time
or day preferences, send consult an email. Once the Interim Reports
are submitted, the schedules will be updated.
Information about this mid course presentation can be found at
Technical Writing Tips
Mentor, judge, Challenge parent and Kickoff instructor, Bob Robey shares:
Report on the Los Alamos High School Supercomputing Challenge Kickoff and Movie
Night on Fri Nov 10th. The activities were:
- Parent meeting to disseminate information on the Supercomputing
Challenge schedule and program.
- Teams began work on their technical reports using a document on
"How To Efficiently Write a Technical Report". This document presents
proposal writing techniques to help quickly write a paper with a minimum
of wasted effort. Using this, teams got a start on a page map for their
final reports. (See this at:
- Movie night fun with a viewing of Anti-Trust, the only movie with
the Free Software Foundation listed in the credits. A true geek movie
and celebration of the programmer.
Interested in entering your Challenge project in other competitions?
If you are in 6th-9th grades, check out http://www.ecybermission.com,
the U.S. Army's free, web-based science, math and technology competition
which has a registration deadline of December 12, 2006.
Girls Want More Than to Sit at a PC
Financial Times Digital Business (11/08/06) P. 5
Developing countries have been more successful in encouraging girls
to pursue careers in information technology than in the U.S. and the
U.K. "In emerging markets, where you have a higher percentage living
in undeserved areas and where they need jobs, girls see IT as a great
opportunity to enter the global marketplace," says Tae Yoo, VP of
corporate affairs at Cisco, whose Network Academy Program has nearly
double the percentage of girls in India as in the U.S., 30 percent
versus 15 percent. Programs have been devised in subjects that are
found to interest preteen girls, the age where most lose interest in
technology; these include music, fashion, and design. In one project,
made possible by e-skills U.K.'s Computer Club for Girls, 11-year-olds
designed new school uniforms, developed a business case to present the
uniform changes to the administration, and created a Web site to sell
the new uniforms to parents. "For girls, the opportunity to see
technology as a way to solve problems they can identify with real
human problems is very appealing," says Wendy Hawkins, director of
Intel's educations programs. The problem has never been aptitude:
annual Siemens math, science, and technology competition in the U.S.
has just as many girls as boys and girls have won either the team or
individual award for six of the past seven years; but getting them to
consider IT as a career is a greater challenge. Microsoft's DigiGirlz
summer camps aims to do this by showing girls that work in IT is more
than sitting in front of a computer, by stressing creativity and
teamwork, because as Hawkins says, "It's difficult to picture a career
with a living wage that you can imagine a girl doing 10 years from now
that is not immersed in IT." To learn about ACM's Committee on Women
in Computing, visit http://women.acm.org
Monday Morning Message, November 13, 2006
November is Mentor Month
Have you entered your mentor's name into your proposal? Have you
contacted someone to help you with the science involved in your
project? Have you contacted someone to help you with mathematical
modeling or agent based modeling? Have you contacted someone to help
you with your code? Do you need help with research? Please write to
Consult if you are still needing help getting your project off the
You have 33 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 87 proposals submitted, let's see how close to 87 we can
get with the interims!
Model Your World in 3D with Google SketchUp
Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program that
enables you to explore the world in 3D. With just a few simple tools,
you can create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions,
woodworking projects - even space ships. And once you've built your
models, you can place them in Google Earth, post them to the 3D
Warehouse, or print hard copies.
Looking forward to finding mentors on each proposal this week!
Monday Morning Message, November 6, 2006
Hope you are enjoying these glorious fall days!
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 proposal 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
proposal 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 also 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 - five citations and at least one to be a print citation
in your interim report which is due December 15th.
Look at Citation Maker at
http://www.oslis.k12.or.us/citeintro/ctimeout.php for assistance in
setting up a bibliography.
Table for Challenge Research and Presentation Hints
These just in . . .
Young Researchers' Banquet Reports
The second annual Young Researchers Banquet held Saturday, November 4
was a smashing success. Students from all over New Mexico as well as
from schools in California and Oneida, Wisconsin attended the banquet
and they were an enthusiastic crowd.
The attendees were treated to a buffet dinner and several speakers.
From the MC, Russ Fisher-Ives, to the keynote speaker Antoine Predock,
there was no shortage of inspiration for students at the banquet. A
biology teacher from New Mexico Tech delivered a speech on the
importance of science in the world today and, ever so discreetly,
included a plug for Tech in the speech. New Mexico senators Domenici,
Bingaman, and Pearce were all represented at the banquet, and speeches
were delivered on their behalf.
The star of the show, however, was the 2006 American Institute of
Architects Gold Medal Winner, Antoine Predock. Predock started out at
UNM to get a degree in engineering. However, his technical art class
was taught, for some reason, by an architect that inspired him to make
a career change. Predock's message was that art and science are two
fields that are not mutually exclusive and together, they can be a
Although Predock is greatly renowned and incredibly talented at what
he does, he is an amiable person. His speech glorified the
possibilities that are open to young researchers and the lives they
can lead and not so much on his incredible work. He was a captivating
speaker and funny to top it all off.
The Young Researchers' Banquet is the pep-rally of science and the
homecoming of research. Students are given the opportunity to get
excited about science and for their community to be excited for them.
It is easily worth the trip for all the speakers and member of the
scientific community that are there, ready and waiting to answer
questions from students and to offer their aid as mentors throughout
the research process. If you couldn't attend this year, make it a
point to catch the next one. The Young Researcher's Banquet is one
night you won't regret.
Catherine Fessler, Team 84, Rio Rancho High School
Kristin Cordwell, Manzano High School, adds:
Saturday evening, at the New Mexico Young Researchers Banquet,
students had a chance to mingle, look over exhibits (including one
from the Supercomputing Challenge), and talk to adult scientists,
engineers, and mathematicians. The featured speaker was Antoine
Predock, a long time New Mexico resident and winner of the American
Institute of Architects Gold Medal for 2006, who described some of his
interesting work. A focus of the event was the 2007 Intel Science and
Engineering Fair (ISEF), which will be held in Albuquerque next May.
Students are encouraged to participate (Computer Science is one of the
"Think of leveraging your Challenge project for ISEF."
Check out the website at
Sharing your work in more than one venue is encouraged and accepted.
You must first participate in a regional science fair. Information about
those is found at
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!
You have just over five weeks 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.
See some of the pictures that were taken at the Kickoff Conference at:
Monday Morning Message, October 30, 2006
We so enjoyed meeting you at Glorieta! The kickoff was fun! We would
like to hear from you about what worked for you, what didn't work and
what we need to work on. Just write to email@example.com with
Registered for this year's Challenge are 320 students and 52 teachers
from 44 schools in 19 districts and they make up 105 teams. Only 86
proposals have been submitted at this time so we are asking teams
if they are still participating to submit their proposals.
There are still free tickets for the Second Annual Researchers'
Banquet, November 4, 2006 at the Mariott Uptown (I-40 and Louisiana
Blvd. NE) in Albuquerque. Please write to Consult to reserve your
place by Wednesday, the 1st!
On our website, there is a section called resources, at
There under research you can find the site used in the Challenge Year
session, information about mentors, and a technical guide to use for
StarLogo and Java resources.
Soon more of our resources from the kickoff, the teamwork session,
StarLogo and Java resources will be placed on this page also.
November is Mentor Month! We will be asking you to share the name
of your team's mentor with us. Our mentor database is located on
the resource page also and can be accessed specifically at
http://challenge.nm.org/resources/mentors.shtml. Successful teams
report that the use of a mentor is what assists them to finish the year.
If you contact one of our mentors and do not receive a response,
please let us know.
To follow up on our theme of epidemiology at the kickoff, we would
like to share some more information about Agent Based Models in
Everyone has been given an account on a Linux machine at Los Alamos
National Laboratory. The account names were printed on the name
tags for the Glorieta Kickoff and for students would be the letters "ch",
followed by their three digit Challenge Registration Id number, followed
by their three initials.
In order to access this machine, know as mode.lanl.k12.nm.us, the
ip address of the machine you are on needs to be entered into the
firewall database. Go to
and provide your Challenge Registration Id number and password and
your ipaddress will be recorded for entry into the firewall database.
More information on how to use mode will be coming in future Monday
Morning Messages or you can look over these web pages:
Monday Morning Message, October 16, 2006
Next week we hope to meet you all at the Glorieta Conference Center!
First session folks should plan to arrive between 12:30 and 2:00 on Sunday
and second session folks should plan to arrive between 10:00 and 11:30
on Monday morning. If you need directions or details, please look through
all the links at the kickoff page at
Please remember that you need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding, a
pillow and a towel along with your personal toiletries.
Double check the housing list to see if anyone listed there is not coming
or if anyone is coming who is not listed:
http://www.challenge.nm.org/kickoff/housing_session1.html (for session 1)
http://www.challenge.nm.org/kickoff/housing_session2.html (for session 2).
Please submit your proposals asap! You will need a hard copy of your
proposal when you go to the Meet the Scientists session. We have 95
teams and 30 proposals online. You do the math!
Once we get the last few students to be registered on teams, the team
numbers will be reassigned, alphabetically by school, to numbers between
1 and 95 (or so). You will be able to see your "official" team number on
the proposal page if you have already submitted a proposal, or when you
submit a proposal (this week), the new team number will be used.
We are proud to present Tim Germann, Los Alamos National Laboratory,
as our keynote at our joint session on Monday, the 23rd at 1 PM. Tim
is on the Avian Flu team that has modeled the spread of disease. And
we quote from Biology News at
http://www.biologynews.net/archives/2006/04/04/ avian_flu_modeled_on_supercomputer_explores_vaccine_ and_isolation_options_for_thwarting_a_pandemic.html
(That may be one of the biggest web addresses ever!)
"Using supercomputers to respond to a potential national health
emergency, scientists have developed a simulation model that makes
stark predictions about the possible future course of an avian
influenza pandemic, given today's environment of worldwide
connectivity." Read on to see how this all computes.
We hope that at the end of the kickoff you will have a good understanding
of a computational science project that is measurable and a model.
Epidemiology is a current "hot" topic and lends itself beautifully to
computational science. We think you will know more about the Challenge
Year milestones, Research, Teamwork, and Java or Starlogo, and Fractals.
You should come away, too, with some good suggestions about getting
started on your project.
Don't forget to visit the College and Computer Fair in the Santa Fe
room next to the Glorieta cafeteria during lunch on Monday, the 23rd.
Get some interesting info along with freebies!
Here are our cell phone numbers in case you need to speak to us in
this coming week.
Tuesday Morning Message, October 10, 2006
The Challenge Community, 2006 - 07 is about 450 strong, with students,
teachers, judges and volunteers!
Some important info if you are attending the Kickoff at Glorieta.
You need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding, a pillow and a towel along
with your personal toiletries. The rooms each have four bunk beds.
We would love it if you would make sure you have completed an online
survey and submitted a proposal. We will be contacting you if you have
not done these two important activities.
Registration at the Glorieta Conference Center and with the Challenge
Kickoff committee will be the first two steps at Glorieta. At the
Challenge registration in room 9 of the Patio/Chapel area, you will get
a name tag, a schedule and some important announcements and get your
picture taken so that you can attend the tour at Los Alamos at the end
of the year.
Let's talk a minute about the end of the year. We currently have
approximately 95 teams (but 34 students have not registered on teams yet).
We want to have that many teams join us in April at the end of this year's
program. You are making a commitment by signing all the paperwork and
submitting a proposal and such that you will try your best to make it
through the year. Let us know how we can help you with that commitment.
For the first group on Sunday, registration starts at 12:30. We hope
that you have already eaten before you come. For the second group, we
do not provide lunch on Tuesday. We provide each team with three meals,
one dinner, one breakfast and one lunch.
After placing your luggage and bedding in your room, you will attend
a welcome and overview in the chapel area. Nick Bennett, member of
Consult will introduce you to our sample problem dealing with the spread
of disease. We will all become Young Epidemiology Scholars. Matter of
fact, there is a website with that name at
There is info there about the topic and the competition. If your team
decides to do a proposal on epidemiology, you might be eligible for the
You will then go to six different classes which are created to meet
your needs in computational science. There will be classes in teamwork,
a Meet the Scientist Session, where your team shares your proposal and
gets feedback, a class about the Challenge year, either an introduction
to programming or computational science, classes in StarLogo or Java or
In the evenings, you are in for a treat with some time to learn about
Fractals and play with them.
Congratulations to 16 teams who have submitted their proposals so far.
Kudos to Artesia, Bosque School, Chaparral Mid, a Home School, Jackson
Mid, Las Cruces High, Navajo Prep, Rio Rancho High, Socorro High and a
Manzano/Eldorado Cluster! You can submit your proposal today at
Look at our archives to see what other teams have proposed in the past.
The housing lists have been given to the Glorieta Conference Center
Staff, but if you find a problem with them, please let us know. You can see them at:
http://www.challenge.nm.org/kickoff/housing_session1.html (for session 1) and
http://www.challenge.nm.org/kickoff/housing_session2.html (for session 2).
Read how LOGIIC helps keep oil, gas control systems safe at
Got questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Betsy, Celia and David
B, C and D!
Monday Morning Message, October 2, 2006
Welcome to the Supercomputing Challenge Community! We have 366 students
and teachers from around the state registered for the 2006 - 07 Challenge!
319 of you are students and 47 are teachers. Several areas need your
focus this week:
- Your next deadline is Friday, October 6, 2006 when the Team Entry
Authorization Form signature sheets and registration fees ($40/student)
must be received at:
PO BOX 30102
Albuquerque, NM 87190
You can find the form as a PDF, number five on the list, at
If there is a need for a scholarship for the registration fee, please
- Please ok the website certification and fill out our online survey at
as soon as you can. We need this information for the assessment of our program.
- Now some news about our kickoff. Two sessions will be held. Schools
that are farther than one hundred miles from Glorieta will attend the
first session on October 22 and 23, while the schools within one hundred
miles attend the second session on October 23 and 24. For each student
and teacher attending Glorieta, room and board will be provided for by
the Supercomputing Challenge.
- Here are the Glorieta Conference Center Rules:
Please review them with your team.
- All teams attending the Supercomputing Challenge Kickoff Conference must
submit a proposal online prior to attending. Teams must also bring a
hardcopy of this proposal with them to the conference. Remember,
proposals are short and concise ~ no more than 250 words.
Information about the proposal can be found at
- We will be modeling epidemiology as a group at the kickoff. Wikipedia
defines epidemiology as "Epidemiology is the scientific study of factors
affecting the health and illness of individuals and populations, and
serves as the foundation and logic of interventions made in the interest
of public health and preventive medicine. It is considered a cornerstone
methodology of public health research, and is highly regarded in
evidence-based medicine for identifying risk factors for disease and
determining optimal treatment approaches to clinical practice." You
can read more at
- Here is a quote from an alumni from Silver High, Heather Menzer, a four year scholarship winner:
"I am still at Colorado State University finishing my last year as a mechanical engineering student. You would be interested to know that for my senior design project I am on a team that is designing an Urban Search and Rescue Robot to enter in an international RoboCup competition. This has been a very successful project in the past and I have high expectations on our performance this year.
I am so fortunate to have received the Amy Boulanger Memorial Scholarship in 2002 and hope that I will be able to participate/volunteer with Challenge more in the future. The Challenge is such an amazing opportunity for NM students and for me, was one of my greatest accomplishments in high school."
We hope your involvement in the Challenge this year will be a great accomplishment also!
- The housing list for the Kickoff Conference at Glorieta will be prepared
and published this week. Please let us (consult) know if there are others,
such as chaperones and bus drivers, that will need housing at Glorieta,
but who haven't registered with us.
- Read about the new LANL/IBM supercomputer
Monday Morning Message, September 25, 2006
We are looking forward to spending some beautiful fall days with you
at the Glorieta Conference Center, October 22nd - October 24th. Schools
more than 100 miles away come on Sunday and Monday. Schools within
100 miles of Glorieta come on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, we will
have a joint session with a keynote talk on epidemiology, our theme
for the kickoff.
Deadline for registration is the end of this week so get your friends
and relatives all registered at
We currently have 232 students and 34 teachers. We are busy planning
the curriculum for the classes at the kickoff. We are hoping that
many of you register this week! Don't forget the online survey! We
will be contacting you if you have not signed up for a team or not yet
done the online survey!
One of the main sessions at the kickoff is the Meet the Scientist
workshop. There, your team and a scientist will sit down and look at
your proposal. You MUST bring a hard copy of your proposal with you
so that you have something to share. The scientist will ask you
questions about your project and make suggestions to the team. Teams
have found this invaluable and you can start work now to insure that
this time works for you. Proposal information is located at
We are proud to be a statewide program and we already have students
from Chaparral Mid School, Silver High School, Bloomfield High School,
and Capshaw Mid School in Santa Fe, representing all sections of our
state. Welcome to these new schools: Newcomb Mid and High School,
the Academy for Technology and Classics in Santa Fe, Jackson Middle
School in Albuquerque and Espanola Valley High (who have participated
in the past, but not recently). Please let us know how we can help any
new school or for that matter, any school! Just write to
Each week we will share a science link that we hope you have time to
browse and discuss. Shaun Cooper, Challenge mentor and member of the
board of directors, shares with us that NMSU has answered this question:
How can you get supercomputing power in your own backyard for one-tenth
the cost of traditional machines? Build it yourself, answered New Mexico
State University computer science and electrical engineering professors.
With help from a $75,000 National Science Foundation research instrumentation
grant, they built a high-performance supercomputer from scratch.
Read more here:
Betsy, Celia and David
Supercomputing Challenge Consulting, email@example.com
Monday Afternoon Message, September 18, 2006
We currently have 176 students and 23 teachers registered for the
2006 - 07 Challenge. Registration closes on September 30th, so if you
haven't yet registered, you have 12 days left.
Please remember to complete the online survey which is part of
registration this year. (Thanks to those 100 of you that already
Many of you (about 75) have registered individually but you need
to register or manage your teams also. This can be found at
This year at the kickoff in the Meet the Scientist session, each team
will receive notification if their proposal is appropriate for a
computational science project. So, please submit your proposal
according to the guidelines that can be found at
The theme for our Kickoff is going to be epidemiology, the study of
diseases. We will start learning about this topic online during
Your next deadline is Friday, October 6, 2006 when the Team
Entry Authorization Form signature sheets and registration fees
($40/student) must be received at:
PO BOX 30102
Albuquerque, NM 87190
You can find this form at number 5 at
We are proud to support the Second Annual NM Young Researchers'
Banquet. It is November 4, 2006 at the Mariott Uptown (I-40 and
Louisiana Blvd. NE). It will feature Guest Speaker Antoine Predock,
2006 American Institute of Architect's Gold Medal Winner. Get details
We are looking forward to hearing from many of you with proposals this week.
Monday Morning Message, September 11, 2006
We welcome you to the 17th annual Supercomputing Challenge!
This is the first of the your weekly Monday Morning Messages from
Consult (the managing team) and the Challenge. We will be making
announcements and giving much information in these messages every
Registration is starting off with a bang! We have 106 students
and 18 teachers already registered. Thank you, early birds! We
are looking forward to a record amount of registrations.
Part of the registration process is an online survey. Only about 1/2
of you, already registered have completed that survey. If you have
registered, please make sure that you have filled out that survey, and
if you plan to register soon, please make sure also! The survey is
accept the certificate that pops up!
You MUST (yes, we are yelling) have a proposal, a project plan,
submitted before you come to Glorieta. Information is available at
Our website is new and improved. Please check it at out at
You can view all Monday Morning Messages at
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all questions.
Tuesday Morning Message, September 5, 2006
This message is being sent to the student email list from May 2006. If you
have graduated from high school, we wish you the best and if you would like
to still be involved with the Supercomputing Challenge, please let us know.
If you haven't graduated from high school, please consider being part of the
Supercomputing Challenge again this year.
See http://www.challenge.nm.org/registration.shtml for the registration details.
We are excited to be able to invite you to participate in the 17th Annual
Supercomputing satellite hits the road, see
Weekly messages from us will be sent to those who register for this year's
Monday Morning Message, August 21, 2006
Are you ready for the 17th Annual Supercomputing Challenge?
Start forming teams to participate in the 17th annual New Mexico
Registration begins on September 1st.
Registration deadline is September 30th.
Hopefully teams have been thinking about their projects and preparing an
http://www.challenge.nm.org/proposals for guidelines and
https://mode.lanl.k12.nm.us/proposal_login.php to log in to
submit or edit the team's proposal.
The Kickoff Conference will be held October 22-24 at the Glorieta Conference
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 22 - 24th.
Here is the invite link:
Supercomputing Challenge Consulting, consult @ challenge.nm.org