CS 535 Supercomputing Challenge STTS (Summer Teacher Training Session)

2 Credit Hours

Instructor of Record

Dr. Wayne Summers, Computer Science Department

Los Alamos National Laboratory Instructors

David Kratzer
Chris Karr

Contact Hours

August 2 - 5, 1998

Catalog Description

Introductory course for high school teachers who would be interested in participating in the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge. A basic introductory course of supercomputing for those teachers who have little or no computing background. Topics will include e-mail; the pico editor; an overview of programming in C++ and Fortran; UNIX; Challenge project design; HTML; and other Internet and World Wide Web applications. The course primarily gives teachers an overview of the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge, its expectations and goals. Teachers will be introduced to computer scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Teachers will complete a final paper, project, or program that will be presented on the last day of the session.

Major topics to be studied

  1. Programming in C++ and Fortran

  2. UNIX

  3. E-mail and the pico editor

  4. The Internet using Netscape

  5. HTML

  6. Security, legal terms, ethics

  7. File management

  8. Challenge project design

  9. Educational Resources on the Internet

Course Objectives

  1. To provide an overview of programming, UNIX, and the Internet.

  2. To prepare teachers to return to their high schools and teach and/or help high school students understand programming, UNIX, and the Internet/WWW.

  3. To familiarize teachers with the supercomputers used by the New Mexico High School Supercomputing Challenge.

  4. To introduce teachers to the world of high performance computing through lecture and hands-on lab experience.

  5. To prepare teachers to lead teams of students in the Challenge.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Homework and lab assignments

  2. Quizzes and Tests

  3. Class participation

  4. Final project

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Know and use UNIX essentials

  2. Enter, compile, and run C++ and Fortran programs

  3. Send electronic mail and use the pico editor

  4. Find resources on the Internet using Netscape

  5. Develop and maintain a home page using HTML

  6. Design classroom applications using the Internet, WWW, HTML, and other computer science programs and applications