Invitation to participate
21st Annual Supercomputing Challenge
Register at http://www.challenge.nm.org.
If you want your students to
- Have the research skills required for the process of scientific inquiry
- Be confident with complex math and technological problem solving techniques
- Be able to articulate their own ideas as well as communicate with others and
work as a team
Then your school will want to participate in the
Supercomputing Challenge. The Challenge is organized and administered by Los
Alamos National Laboratory, and other academic, research and high-technology
organizations. The Challenge draws teams of middle school and high school
students who learn to model important real world problems, and explore
computational approaches to their solutions.
Here are some sample questions teams might wish to answer:
Is our county going to run out of water? Does is rain more on weekends?
How can self-care help in the
prevention of disease? What is the likelihood that the deer population in
Bandelier will run out of grassland?
Teams from around the state participate to learn about the
challenges facing their environment, to better understand properties of the
physical universe, to look at trends in the social sciences that have
implications for their own lives, and to develop useful career preparation
skills such as teamwork, oral, written and visual communication, problem
solving, and project follow-through. Last year, some teams chose Java or C++
to implement computational models. Other teams elected to model complex
systems using agent based modeling with StarLogo TNG or NetLogo.
The Challenge Year begins with registration in September and
a Kickoff Conference in October. The year continues with an Interim report in
December, Project Evaluations in February, and Final Project Presentations and
Awards Ceremony in April at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Throughout the
year, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National
Laboratories, technology and business companies, and the state colleges and
universities work with students and teacher-sponsors to provide initial and
ongoing training in computational methods and scientific modeling. They
evaluate project ideas, steer student teams towards successful completion of
their work, and evaluate projects at mid-term and final judging events.
Costs are minimal for students: major funding comes from the
National Labs and other businesses and individual sponsors.
To register, to find out more about our sponsors, to see
past student projects, to read about the awards,
prizes and scholarships presented at Los Alamos,
to learn about the Sandia Spring Tour, or to see if your school has
participated in the past, visit our website at http://www.challenge.nm.org. Please
write to consult
@ challenge.nm.org if you have questions or would like to receive more
information. Online registration is at http://www.challenge.nm.org
As New Mexico addresses its workforce needs for the 21st
century, it has become obvious that the 8,200 plus students who have
participated in the Challenge are better prepared to plan for careers in the
high-tech industry. Colleges and employers seek the skills that Challenge
participants develop. We hope that you will encourage your students to form
Take the Challenge!
Teachers, post the flyer to
solicit students or edit the Word
version of the flyer and add your contact information.