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Supercomputing Challenge

Sponsoring Organization: 
Supercomputing Challenge
Description: 

The Supercomputing Challenge has been an ongoing program in New Mexico since 1990. It is dedicated to increasing interest in science and math among 6th through 12th grade students by introducing them to computational science. During the academic school year, teams of students complete computational science projects.

Each team of one to five students and a sponsoring teacher defines and works on a single computational project of its own choosing.

Sponsors of the Challenge provide mentors, time on the supercomputers, tutorial sessions, and awards at the end of the year.

The program has no grade point, class enrollment, or computer experience prerequisites. Participants come from public, private, parochial, and home schools in all areas of New Mexico. The important requirement for participation is a real desire to learn about science and computing.

The Supercomputing Challenge culminates with a presentation of the projects that are judged by several professionals from around New Mexico in a competition for awards of trophies, cash, and scholarships for the individuals and computer equipment for the schools. The awards ceremony is held at Los Alamos National Laboratory in April. Participants tour the lab and hear talks about current research during the event.

2014-15 winning team
Submission Type : 
Program
Competition/Contest
Organization
Other STEM Resource
Eligibility Requirements: 
Students from any public, private or home school are invited to participate. There are no prerequisite course requirements.
Other Location Information: 
Most of the work on projects is done in after school or home settings. A few schools offer classes. The Kickoff is held at a college campus; in recent years it has been at New Mexico Tech. In February, student teams show their projects to panels of judges at colleges in their communities. In April, students travel to Los Alamos National Laboratory or Albuquerque to present their projects in Expo format. An Awards celebration is held the following day.
Ongoing Event: 
Yes
Event Season: 
Year Round
Event Date: 
08/01/20
Cost to Attend: 
Students are charged a $40 participation fee, which covers all of the events. Schools are expected to support teachers and provide transportation to events away from the school.
Award Stipend Amount to Student: 
Scholarships are offered to any student who cannot pay the full registration fee.
Supercomputing Challenge
Program Contact Information
Program Contact : 
Supercomputing Challenge
Albuquerque
87199
Phone: 
505-412-2558
Email: 
consult [at] supercomputingchallenge.org
University or College Affiliation: 
None
Is your program statewide?: 
Yes
What types of communities do you serve?(Urban/Rural): 
Both
Categories
General - Technology: 
Algorithms
Artificial Intelligence
Coding
Computer Architecture and Engineering
Computer Graphics and Visualization/Game Design
Computer Science
Computer System/Operating System
Concurrent, Parallel and Distributed Systems
Cybersecurity and Cryptography
Databases and Information Retrieval
Health Informatics
Information Science
Mobile Computing
Networking, Communications, and Telecommunications
Programming languages
Quantum Computing
Software Design
Software Engineering
Supercomputing Challenge
Website Design
General - Engineering: 
Computer Engineering
Federal Government: 
National Labs
Organizational Type: 
Competitions/Contest
Organizational Focus: 
Curriculum
Diversity
Education
Mentoring
R&D
STEM
Training
Women and/or Girls
Youth
Resources: 
After-school programs
Awards
Internships
Competitions/contests
Digital Training/Learning
In-school programs
Out-of-school time programs
Research
Scholarships
Subject Area: 
General - Science
General - Technology
General - Engineering
General - Math
General - STEM Education and Policy
Target Audience: 
6-8th Grade
9-12th Grade
K-12th Grade Teachers
Homeschool
Females
Underrepresented Minorities in General