The Supercomputing Challenge
Summer Teacher Institute (STI)
Learn about our
Summer Roundups in late June
STI 2009 will be held from July 19th through July 31st at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
The primary goals of the Supercomputing Challenge / Project GUTS Summer Teacher Institute are to:
- introduce teachers to complexity science and computational tools and methods,
- advance teachers' knowledge, understanding, and skills in STEM domains,
- prepare teachers to support Supercomputing Challenge and/or Project GUTS teams, and
- provide ongoing support to teachers who will recruit and assist students in STEM endeavors.
Secondary goals include forming of networks of support for STEM teachers, raise awareness of the
continuity and scaffolding of learning between our two programs, and serving as a model of a
coordinated approach to professional development that spans middle and high school informal
science programs. By offering a collaborative Summer Teacher Institute, we hope to provide
teachers with a variety of entry points into computational science, offer greater
opportunities for collaboration between middle and high school teachers, and take
advantage of some economies of scale.
Here is a flyer advertising the Institute.
To officially register for the 2009 STI:
- Sign the letter of commitment
- All students must fill out the DEAF form,
sign it and fax it to 575-835-5737 (this enables the Challenge to pay for your
dorm room and meals and credit hours if applicable).
Fill out the date, your name, your SSN, your NM Tech student id (if you have one),
indicate if you want college credit and fill out the "Non-Employee Certification"
section and leave the rest of the form for us to fill in.
- Students wishing to obtain graduate level credit from NMT click on the link:
- Send a $20 personal investment fee to hold your spot to:
HPC-3 MS T080
Los Alamos, NM 87545
and make the check payable to "Supercomputing Challenge"
- Fill out our pre-STI skills evaluation
Project GUTS or the Supercomputing Challenge?
The Project GUTS approach is geared towards after school club implementation
of curricular units. School day and elective course implementations of
Project GUTS units have also been successful. Project GUTS' guided approach
using 6-week units offers beginning students an introduction to complex
systems, computer modeling and programming. Students have the opportunity
to customize existing models to reflect local conditions they wish to study
such as spread of disease, ecosystems, social networks.
The Supercomputing Challenge approach is geared towards mentoring teams
of students who are interested in working on projects of their own specification.
Challenge team sponsors mentor student teams as they conduct research, design
and implement a computational model then collect and analyze the results of
experiments run on the model. Successful Challenge students are self-directed
and highly motivated.
We see Project GUTS and the Supercomputing Challenge as forming a
pipeline through which students can get an introduction to computational
modeling then progress to independent research. Our professional development
programs are integrated and flexible enough to accommodate middle and high
school teachers interests in implementing either the Project GUTS curriculum
or supporting Challenge teams at either level.
The STI will be a three-credit graduate-level course.
from New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
Meet the Instructors or
a message to the STI Instructors (sti09core AT challenge DOT nm DOT org).
See the STI 09
Each summer we plan a two week institute for high school and
middle school teachers so that they can learn about the Challenge and
how to become a better Supercomputing Challenge TEACHER sponsor.
Participants plan and implement a project in the context of a
mini-Challenge. Getting to know and work with like-minded teachers
from around the state is a real benefit of this professional
development opportunity. Tours and recreation activities supplement
the curriculum and enhance the collaboration that is an essential
component of the Challenge.
- August 1995, 27 teachers, Los Alamos
- June 1996, 26 teachers, Portales
- July 1996, 27 teachers, Las Cruces
- July 1997, 47 teachers, Socorro
- June 1998, 16 teachers, Highlands-Las Vegas
- August 1998, 15 teachers, Highlands-Las Vegas
- June 1999, 15 teachers, NMSU-Las Cruces
- June 2000, 12 teachers, WNMU-Silver City
- June 2001, 19 teachers, NM Tech-Socorro
- June 2002, 14 teachers, San Juan College-Farmington
- July 2003, 23 teachers, San Juan College-Farmington
- June 2004, 11 teachers, Webinar/Highland High-Albuquerque
- July 2005, 19 teachers, Alamogordo High School
- July 2006, 15 teachers, Santa Fe Indian School
- July 2007, 15 teachers, CNM-Albuquerque
- July 2008, 34 teachers, New Mexico Tech