FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

My Proposal/Interim Report/Final Report isn’t on the website – what do I do?

Currently the Challenge website does not automatically update the files that were submitted. This may mean that it will take 24 hours or so to get your files online. If your files still aren’t up or you’re in a rush, send an email to consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge dot org with your team number and school name, and include the files in an attachment. Make sure to clearly state that your files aren’t on the website.

I can’t figure out where to start with my project.

For a broad list of topics to cover, see the Areas of Science appropriate for the Challenge. If you’re having trouble taking a concept and turning it into a project, see the Guidelines on picking a project. However, for the best inspiration, look to the community around you. Is there anything happening around you that you think is important? Can you think of anything you could do to make an impact in your community? Is there anything in particular that interests you? The Challenge is your chance to explore a topic for a year, to gauge how much you actually like working on a particular topic or interest. Research and modeling are important in almost any field; take the chance with this year-long project to explore something interesting and see if you want to do more in that field in the future.

What competitions and awards can be won?

Aside from the general finalist prizes, there are lots of different awards and competitions. The Challenge runs three sub-competitions on creating a Web-Based Final Report, designing the logo for the next year, and having the best Expo poster. In addition, lots of awards are given out to teams of all ages, and scholarships are awarded to many of the seniors.

What sort of privacy policy does the Challenge have in place? What rules are in place for the competition?

The Challenge’s Privacy Policy can be found here. Any questions related to the privacy of the students should be redirected there. For information about the expectations of students, see the Rules and Responsibilities page. If you still have unanswered questions, please feel free to contact consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge dot org.