Weekly News Flashes

Monday Morning Message, May 9, 2016

Pictures of Expo/Awards Ceremony
Go to the “Awards Ceremony” section of the Expo and Awards Ceremony link to see pictures from the Expo and Awards Ceremony:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/
We hope to get the videos of the finalist team presentations posted in the near future as well.

Publicity
Let us know about any publicity you get for your team. Send us links and articles and we’ll add them to the Publicity section of the Expo web page.

Follow up Evaluations
We would like to have your input on your experience participating in the Supercomputing Challenge.
Please fill out the evaluation form for us.
Students, fill out the 2015-16 Post-Challenge Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQDVTS3
Teachers, fill out the Teacher Evaluation at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W287Q26
We plan to work on securing more funding for the Challenge this summer. We will spend the time putting together a report compiling supportive data which is important to maintaining the success of the Challenge program.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Best wishes to several Supercomputing Challenge teams that are at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona this week. https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef

High School Students – Apply for 2016 ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize
Every year, the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing recognizes talented high school students in computer science. The intent of the program is to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment. Learn more at: http://csta.site-ym.com/?page=CutlerBell and read about this past year’s winners at: http://www.csteachers.org/page/CutlerBellWinners

Trophy/Awards Updates
Name plates and replacement awards are being ordered and those will be mailed to schools as soon as they are completed.

Last Regularly Scheduled MMM
This will be the last regularly scheduled Monday Morning Message. If items come up, we may occasionally send out an email. We’ll send out an announcement for the 2016-17 Supercomputing Challenge to these lists sometime in August.

Best wishes for a good ending to this school year. Congratulations to all the high school seniors, and to everyone else, have a nice summer and we hope to see you next fall in the 27th Annual Supercomputing Challenge.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge

Monday Morning Message, May 2, 2016

Congratulations!
Congratulations to all the participants of the 2015-2016 Supercomputing Computing Challenge, we are so proud of all of you.

Pictures of Expo/Awards Ceremony
You can see pictures from the Expo at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo-files/pictures-expo/
You can see pictures from the Awards Ceremony at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo-files/pictures-awards/
The PowerPoint Slide show used during the Awards Ceremony is at: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo-files/2016AwardCeremonySlides.pdf
We hope to get the videos of the finalist team presentations posted in the near future as well.

Publicity
The Supercomputing Challenge’s press release is at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/challenge-press-release/
We would encourage you to get local publicity for your team. Get your local newspaper to write up an article about your team (or you write it and submit it to them) and send Consult1516 any URLs of publicity and we’ll add those to the Publicity section of the Expo page, http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/

Follow up Evaluations
We would like to have your input on your experience participating in the Supercomputing Challenge.
Please fill out the evaluation form for us.
Students, fill out the 2015-16 Post-Challenge Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WQDVTS3
Teachers, fill out the Teacher Evaluation at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W287Q26
We plan to work on securing more funding for the Challenge this summer. We will spend the time putting together a report compiling supportive data which is important to maintaining the success of the Challenge program.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, April 18, 2016

Expo
One week from today is the 26th Annual Supercomputing Challenge Expo!
We’re expecting 200 students and teachers comprising 60 teams to come and present their projects.
Let’s see, what do you need to know?

Weather – should be nice April 24-26 with morning lows of 44 degrees and afternoon highs around 66 degrees with only a 10% change of precipitation (as opposed to today when the weather caused a two-hour delay for schools and the Laboratory in Los Alamos).

Attire – Dress nicely for the Expo Presentations and the Awards Ceremony but wear/bring comfortable shoes for the tours.

Submit your Final Report web pages (today) if you have prepared a web page about your project.

Check Expo schedule to see when and where your team will be presenting: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/expo-schedule/

See Directions web page: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/directions/ in order to get to the Expo. Plan to arrive at least a half hour before your presentation time slot so that you can get parked (or dropped off) and set up by the time you should begin presenting.

Check housing lists to make sure you have a place to stay, if you are coming from a distance: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/
(The “Team Contact Person” that registered the team was emailed the access code to the housing lists. Check with them or contact Consult to get the access code.)

Bring your Poster: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/display-board/
and an (optional) Graphical Logo: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/logo-poster/

Monday dinner (and Sunday night dinner) is on your own, all other meals will be provided.

Evening activities in Los Alamos include:
1. Monday night reception at Bradbury Science Museum, from 5:00-7:00, for Supercomputing Challenge participants.
2. Swimming at the Larry R Walkup Aquatic Center (http://www.losalamosnm.us/rec/aquatic)
3. Dinner (http://www.visitlosalamos.org/plan-your-visit/dining-treats/)
4. Los Alamos Historical Walking Tour (http://www.visitlosalamos.org/historic-walking-tour/)
5. Enjoy the White Rock Overlook (http://www.visitlosalamos.org/overlooks/)

First round finalists will be announced this Wednesday afternoon and they will present their projects to the Finalist Judges on Monday morning in the University House while the Expo is going on in the Study Center. Several second round finalist teams will be selected from the Expo to present to the Finalist Judges on Monday afternoon.

Email Consult with any questions you might have!

The Challenge Marathon
With the running of the Boston marathon today, our friend and former Supercomputing Challenge Program Manager Betsy Frederick passed on this tidbit:
In Sunday’s NYTimes sport section I saw this quote from Oprah Winfrey. In 1994 she entered the Marine Corps Marathon to set an example for herself about determination. She struggled but trudged on and in the last 1/2 mile final and uphill stretch, she poured on an extra bit of energy, passed the people in front of her and completed the marathon in 4:29:20. She said, “If you can complete a marathon, you can do anything you want.” And thus it is with the Supercomputing Challenge.     Betsy Frederick
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/sports/at-the-boston-marathon-leading-the-way-for-womenfifty-years-ago.html

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, April 11, 2016

Two weeks left!
It is coming down to the wire. We have almost 50 reports submitted and most teams registered to attend the Expo and Awards Ceremony. We’ll be posting the housing lists for teams more than 60 miles from Los Alamos in the next day or two. We’ll send the team registration contact individuals instructions to access the website.

What you should be working on now:
Final oral presentation of your project. We’ll be preparing the schedule for the Expo presentations in the next few days so watch for it at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/expo-schedule/

Poster display of your project: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/display-board/

Web-based Final Report: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/final-reports/web-based/

Logo for next year’s Supercomputing Challenge: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/logo-poster/

Next Year’s Project?
Have you thought about what kind of a project you would like to do next year? (If you’re not a graduating senior.)
Take a look at DATA USA (http://datausa.io/) which is a website that the MIT Media Lab announced last week. The purpose of Data USA is to “organize and visualize data in a way that a lot of people think about it.”

Teachers
Check out the opportunity to participate in Computer Science Professional Development Week July 18th – 22nd in Denver: http://www.cspdweek.org

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, April 4, 2016

Final Report Submissions
Final Reports are starting to come in. They will be processed in the order received and posted on the http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/final-reports/submitted/ web page. Remember, get those reports in by NOON on Wednesday, April 6th.

Also, register (http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/expo-registration/) to attend the Expo and Awards Ceremony so we know who is coming. Plans are in full swing for food, housing, Expo judging, Laboratory tours and such.

Expo Details
See http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/ for information about the Expo.
See http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/schedule/ for the schedule of events.

What did you do on your Spring Break?
A few Supercomputing Challenge participants visited the National Cryptologic Museum in Washington, DC:
http://www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic_heritage/museum/index.shtml

How Supercomputers can help us understand Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/features/from-drought-seeds-of-discontent/article_8de049ea-ea1f-53a6-8444-7ba3884dc508.html

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, March 28, 2016

FINAL REPORTS DUE April 6th at NOON
Remember you need to be polishing off your final report so that it can be submitted by NOON on April 6th. See the Final Reports web page http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/final-reports/ for links to the Final Report Writing and to the submission form for this year. You’ll need to supply information about your team and then upload the report (we suggest you title your report team_xxx_report.doc where xxx is your team number). The judges like to see your code as well so there is a place to upload your source code on that page too.

Once final reports are submitted, they are reviewed by the Challenge staff, converted to PDF files and posted at http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/final-reports/submitted/ where there are place holders for each team that submitted an Interim report.

Register to attend the Expo/Awards Ceremony
Learn more about the April 25-26 Expo and Awards Ceremony at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/

Register to attend the Expo at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/expo-registration/

Final Stretch!
You’re on the final home stretch now, you can do it, you can complete the Challenge marathon! Remember that Consult is here to help so let us know if there is something we can do to facilitate your finishing the 26th Annual Supercomputing Challenge.

Use the NEW website
Remember to access the new web site at http://supercomputingchallenge.org as we are no longer updating the old challenge.nm.org web site but just keeping it around as an archive.

UNM’s Third Annual Summer Cybersecurity Camp
UNM will host a 2016 cybersecurity summer camp for high school students. There will be 2 camps. The introductory camp is intended for students just learning about cybersecurity and computer systems. The advanced camp is intended for students that have attended a previous camp or those with programming or computer experience. There are 60 slots available and lodging and travel funding is available for up to 16 students from rural locations.  Learn more at: https://ia.mgt.unm.edu/summer-camps/default.asp

Supercomputing the Weather
Supercomputers have many uses and helping to predict weather is just one of them. Read how a team from the University of Oklahoma is using them to improve storm forecasts at: http://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/research-university-oklahoma-uses-supercomputers-improve-storm-forecasts

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, March 21, 2016

Register for the Expo
Registration for the April 25-26 Expo and Awards Ceremony is now open at:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/expo/expo-registration/
Remember, by submitting a Final Report, teams are automatically invited to attend the Expo and Awards Ceremony (but we still need you to register so we know how many folks to plan for).

UNM’s Third Annual Summer Cybersecurity Camp
UNM will host a 2016 cybersecurity summer camp for high school students. There will be 2 camps. The introductory camp is intended for students just learning about cybersecurity and computer systems. The advanced camp is intended for students that have attended a previous camp or those with programming or computer experience. There are 60 slots available and lodging and travel funding is available for up to 16 students from rural locations.  Learn more at: https://ia.mgt.unm.edu/summer-camps/default.asp

Pioneering Women in STEM — how many do you know?
This Women’s History Month, test your knowledge of some of the most incredible scientists and engineers that have paved the way for modern scientific exploration. Visit:
http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137951

Girls, How Brave are You?
We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. “I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection.” Watch her Ted Talk at:
http://www.ted.com/talks/reshma_saujani_teach_girls_bravery_not_perfection

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, March 14, 2016

Happy Pi Day!

Challenge Participants Tour Sandia National Laboratories Today

Contrary to last week’s item, approximately 25 Supercomputing Challenge participants will be touring Sandia National Laboratories today. They will see Sandia’s Z machine, the robotics range, some of Sandia’s computing center and learn about cybersecurity.

What should you be working on now?

You should be working on your Final report (see the final report guidelines and suggestions for writing your final report on that page), plan your poster for the Expo, work on a Project Webpage, design a logo and slogan for next year’s Challenge, and make transportation plans. The final report is what the judges use to determine who are the first round finalist teams, so get it in on time!

AP CS Principles Course in future years?

We certainly hope that in a few years, all high school students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles Course. You can read about the new course launching next fall at:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/231724.html

Fighting food poisoning in Las Vegas with machine learning

There’s an app for that! Read more at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=137848

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Afternoon Message, March 7, 2016

Sandia Tour
Approximately 30 Challenge participants will be touring Sandia National Labs on Monday March 14th.
Details are at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/tours/

Scholarships for Seniors
If you’re a high school senior and haven’t applied for a Supercomputing Challenge scholarship (especially if you plan to attend NMSU or NM Tech), please let us know that you are interested. Drop an email to scholarships1516 at supercomputingchallenge.org and check out the requirements at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/scholarships/

STEAM-H summer camp
This summer, the UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity, along with a number of partners, will be hosting a hands-on, career exploration event for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Health Science (STEAM-H) fields.  This is a free event for student groups ranging from 5th grade to 1st year college students.  It will take place June 10-12, 2016.  All food, lodging, and transportation (from select locations) will be covered. For application information, please call 1.866.494.0064, email STEAM-H at salud.unm.edu, or visit http://hsc.unm.edu/programs/diversity/students/student-pipeline-programs/steam-h.html. Application deadline is March 18, 2016.

Monkeys Navigate a Wheelchair With Their Thoughts
What will they “think” of next?
http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/medical-robots/monkeys-navigate-wheelchair-with-their-thoughts

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Tuesday Morning Message, March 1, 2016

February Project Evaluations Finished
The February Project Evaluations have finished up with about 50 teams presenting their work on their projects thus far. The public speaking/presentation aspect of the Challenge helps individuals hone those skills.

Tour of Sandia National Laboratories-SIGN UP BY FRIDAY
On March 14th, Supercomputing Challenge participants (who are US citizens) are invited to take a tour of Sandia National Laboratories. If you are interested, please let your teacher know and have your teacher email Consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge dot org with the names of everyone who is interesting in participating in the tour. Some funding is available for housing for out of town participants on Sunday night March 13th. We’ll then contact the teacher and get the required information for each person wanting to tour Sandia (Name, Date of Birth, City and State of Birth, Team Number, School Name and School Address). More information is posted at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/tours
Almost 30 participants have signed up so far.

What’s Next?
Only five weeks to go until your written report needs to be submitted! (April 6th at noon)
For more details see: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/final-reports/

What Does It Take to Crash a Supercomputer?
(Not much.) Computer are more and more complicated these days as we stress the limits of physical components to build bigger, faster and more powerful machines. Read about this topic at:
http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/how-to-kill-a-supercomputer-dirty-power-cosmic-rays-and-bad-solder
New scientists (like you) will need to come up with novel ways to address these issues.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, February 22, 2016

February Project Evaluations Wrap Up
Teams from the Los Alamos, Northern New Mexico, and Socorro areas are presenting their projects this Thursday or Saturday. Check the schedules at http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations so you know when and where your team is supposed to be to present the current status of your project. Let Consult know if you won’t be able to make it so we don’t have judges sitting around wondering if you’ll show up.

Tour of Sandia National Laboratories
On March 14th, Supercomputing Challenge participants (who are US citizens) are invited to take a tour of Sandia National Laboratories. If you are interested, please let your teacher know and have your teacher email Consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge dot org with the names of everyone who is interesting in participating in the tour. Some funding is available for housing for out of town participants on Sunday night March 13th. We’ll then contact the teacher and get the required information for each person wanting to tour Sandia (Name, Date of Birth, City and State of Birth, Team Number, School Name and School Address). More information is posted at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/tours

New Mexico Legislative Update
The Supercomputing Challenge funding request (HB 238) was not passed in this year’s legislative session. This is largely due to the decline in state revenues caused by lower oil prices. While this will not strongly affect the rest of this year’s program, it does present challenges for next year. The Board of Directors and staff are still working on alternative funding sources and if and what cuts to the program will be needed.

Scholarship Applications for Seniors
Seniors, submit your applications for a college scholarship from the Supercomputing Challenge to give the committee time to review your applications and materials. For details, see: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/scholarships/

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute
Applications for Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) and the Generation Google Scholarship have opened for graduating high school seniors. CSSI is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with an interest in technology – especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. The Generation Google Scholarship awards a $10,000 scholarship for the upcoming academic year, and scholarship recipients are also required to attend CSSI in the summer of 2016.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Tuesday Morning Message, February 16, 2016

February Project Evaluations
We are more than halfway through evaluations and many teams have already benefited!  When it’s your turn, don’t be a No Show! If you are in the Los Alamos, Espanola, or Socorro areas, check the schedules at http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations so you know when and where your team is supposed to be to present the current status of your project. Let Consult know if you won’t be able to make it so we don’t have judges sitting around wondering if you’ll show up. They do this for free and we want to value their time.
Teams from Albuquerque and Portales presented their projects to judges last Saturday and received feedback that will help them as they work more on their projects in anticipation of finishing their final reports by April 6th.

Milestone Work Ahead
Teams, a lot of heavy work to finish up for the Expo and final reports will be done between now and April (April 6th Reports are due and Expo April 25/26th). It is important to support each other, think about dividing responsibilities if you haven’t already, and work out a schedule that the whole group commits to. YOU CAN DO THIS!

Scholarship Applications for Seniors
Seniors, submit your applications for a college scholarship from the Supercomputing Challenge to give the committee time to review your applications and materials. For details, see: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/scholarships/ 

Interim Report Reviews
We monitor if all reviews have been submitted, please let up know if you have not received one.

Cool Images and Research
Here’s a great NASA Heliophysics Video on the solar energy the sun emits in 5-year time lapsed study from the Goddard Space Flight Center. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MImmQvqCSg
Or Testing Einstein’s Relativity Theory in an Experiment using Salvaged Satellites. http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/esa-einstein-relativity/

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, February 8, 2016

February Project Evaluations
Don’t be a No Show! If you are in the Albuquerque or Portales areas, check the schedules at http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations so you know when and where your team is supposed to be to present the current status of your project. Let Consult know if you won’t be able to make it so we don’t have judges sitting around wondering if you’ll show up. Teams from the Las Cruces and Santa Fe areas presented their projects to judges last Saturday and received feedback that will help them as they work more on their projects in anticipation of finishing their final reports by April 6th.

Supercomputing Challenge Bill (HB238) at the NM Legislature
The Challenge bill passed the House Education Committee with an 11-0 “Do Pass” recommendation. Unfortunately this is a lean year for the State’s budget, but we have hopes of funding from the legislature. The bill now goes on to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

Scholarship Applications for Seniors
Seniors, start preparing to submit your applications for a college scholarship from the Supercomputing Challenge. For details, see: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/scholarships/

Interim Report Reviews
Thanks to UNM’s Jed Crandell and his students for jumping in to review the remaining Interim Reports that have been submitted. Please thank all the volunteers that reviewed your Interim Reports (if you haven’t already) and incorporate their suggestions into your project.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, February 1, 2016

February Project Evaluations

There will be Project Evaluations in Las Cruces at NMSU and in Santa Fe at SFCC THIS Saturday. If you are in those areas, check the directions and schedules at:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations/.
Show up early enough to have time to prepare yourself and your computers. Make sure, if you are bringing your own device, that it has a VGA connection for the project system.

Supercomputing Challenge Bill (HB238) at the NM Legislature

The Supercomputing Challenge is requesting funding from the NM Legislature. Our bill is HB238 and the House Education Committee will hear the bill on Wednesday morning at 7:30 am in room 317. If anyone can join Challenge board members at this meeting to support the bill, please let us know (as the time/location could change and we want to keep everyone on the same page).

Seniors in the Albuquerque Area

Challenge alumni and Expo Judge Cristina Montoya from Sandia Labs let us know about the Passion Scholarship being sponsored by a Sandia Employee. Seniors in the Abq area should consider applying. See the details at: Passion Scholarship

ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls

The ProjectCSGIRLS competition challenges girls (6-8th grade) to build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes: Global Health, A Safer World, and Intelligent Technology. Finalists will be invited to Washington DC where they will participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, tour tech companies, participate in an awards ceremony, and showcase their projects to the public. Registration deadline is February 15, 2016.

The Computer that Mastered Go

Last year a Challenge team’s project was about the game of Go, and now a computer program has been developed to play it. Go is an ancient Chinese board game, often viewed as the game computers could never play. Now researchers from Google-owned company DeepMind have proven the naysayers wrong, creating an artificial intelligence – called AlphaGo – which has beaten a professional Go player for the first time. View this Nature Video to go behind the scenes to learn about the game, the program and what this means for the future of AI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-dKXOlsf98

More Interesting Work with 3D Printing

Check it out at: http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/projects/albums/growing-objects/

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, January 25, 2016

February Project Evaluations
Check the schedule for the February Project Evaluations at:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations/
and arrive early enough to get set up before your scheduled start time. You’re welcome to bring your own laptop. If your laptop doesn’t have a VGA connection for the presentation system, be sure to bring an adapter. Some projection systems might have HDMI ports, but don’t count on it.

Interim Reviews
We are still working on getting volunteers to review the Interim Reports.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia
Consider participating in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia at the UNM STEM-H Center. It will give another opportunity to present your work and learn more about the University of New Mexico. The application deadline has been extended to January 28th.

Sample Report
Take a look at the paper published in Biology Letters about dogs reading human emotions:
http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/12/1/20150883
That is a good example of what a Supercomputing Challenge final report could look like.
Thanks to finalist judge Drew Einhorn for bringing that paper to our attention.

Scholarship Applications for Seniors
Seniors, start preparing to submit your applications for a college scholarship from the Supercomputing Challenge. For details, see: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/scholarships/

Calendar Update
We understand that the PED has not been able to ship out the NM Women of STEM calendars yet to superintendents but that should happen soon.
We have been delivering/mailing out calendars to those who have ordered them online. http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/calendar/

Legislative Update
The Supercomputing Challenge is looking for continued support from the New Mexico State Legislature so when our bill gets introduced, we may be asking you to contact your representatives and senators to support the bill. We have added a page to the web site to support this effort: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/about/why-the-supercomputing-challenge/

High Performance Computing (HPC) in the News
Computer Simulations May Help States Predict Flooding, read more at: http://www.hpcwire.com/off-the-wire/msu-computer-simulations-may-help-states-predict-flooding/

National Geographic, If all the Ice Melted
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/rising-seas/if-ice-melted-map

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Tuesday Morning Message, January 19, 2016

Interim Report Feedback/February Project Evaluations
You should be receiving feedback on your Interim reports soon, if not already. Take those comments into consideration as you plan your presentation in February at the Project Evaluations. We have the first draft of the February Project Evaluations schedule posted at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations/schedule. See more details at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations.

NM Women of STEM Calendar Thanks
Thanks to Cristina Montoya (Supercomputing Challenge Alumni from the 1990s) and her family for packaging all the calendars up to be distributed by the NM Public Education Department. Thanks also to Drew Einhorn for moving boxes of calendars between locations. AND a BIG THANKS to Patty Meyer and Celia Einhorn who saw this project through from conception to delivery.

TEACHERS, the PED is mailing packages of calendars to 124 superintendents across the state, so bug your principal to bug your superintendent to get your copy of the calendar. If anyone would like to order a calendar, you can do that at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/calendar

Antarctic Meteorites
Nina Lanza, one of the STEM Calendar honorees, is currently in the Antarctic looking for meteorites. See her 60 second video at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_Qs7Arnff4

NPR Story on Computer Science
From Tim Thomas, Supercomputing Challenge board member, “In case you might have missed this, and pursuant to the President’s remarks (twice) during his recent State of the Union address, here is a very good article”:

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/01/14/462954645/adding-beauty-and-joy-to-obamas-push-for-computer-science-teaching

Powerball Lottery Statistics
There was a lot of hype last week about the Lottery. Here is a great, short, video about the statistics, produced by Livermore National Laboratory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttRAG5fAL-4

David, Josephine, Patty


Monday Morning Message, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year
We hope you had a good time over your holiday break.

Challenge Web Page
We have been updating the look and feel of the Supercomputing Challenge web page and now it should be easier to use on any device (at least for the current year’s information).

What You Should Be Working On
This month you should be 1) rechecking your progress on the Challenge milestone chart, 2) working on your code, 3) putting reviewer comments into actions (Interim report comments should be coming soon), 4) writing/reviewing your final report, and 5) consulting mentors. Divide the work up among team members so everyone has roles and responsibilities. Practice for the February Project Evaluations by holding a Peer Review session: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/dates/peer-review

Interims
Forty-three Interim reports have been submitted. Make sure your report is posted at:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/interims/submitted
We are assigning volunteers to review the Interim reports so to get feedback, your reports need to be posted.

February Project Evaluations
Next week we will start working on the schedule for the February Project Evaluations:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/evaluations
We will only schedule teams that have Interim reports listed on the Interims page so let us know if your report is not there.

NM Women of STEM Calendar
The New Mexico Women of STEM calendar is now available! Copies are being mailed to middle and high school STEM teachers from the NM Public Education Department and we hope they arrive by the beginning of February. The calendars serve a double purpose of being 16 classroom posters to display all year long in addition to being a calendar. If you would like to order one for yourself, you can do that at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/calendar

The Future of Architecture?
Architects are toying with exotic new materials that can be poured into place and yet form complex structures. Read more at: http://www.technologyreview.com/view/543021/how-self-assembling-granular-materials-are-changing-the-future-of-architecture/

David, Josephine, Patty


Monday Morning Message, December 14, 2015

INTERIM REPORTS were due December 10th. IF you missed this deadline, get it done before vacation!

If you submitted your report, you will have noticed the method of uploading is different. We are migrating to our new site and the process has had a few glitches. Not to worry, it will get better as we all get the process down.

New Challenge Website

We are migrating the Supercomputing Challenge web site to a new host so parts of the website might not be available until early January.

Interim Reviews

We are asking our reviewers to review your report. Their job is to send you a copy of their review before January 5th. The intent of the review is to help you achieve your project goals. They may suggest new areas to research, coding strategies; offer their help with the project, or suggestions on how to proceed. Finalist Judges will take a look at the changes from the Proposal to the Interim and Final Report so it is important to consider the reviewer’s suggestions and show why you made the changes you did. A thank you to the reviewer is considered good manners.

Things to Consider:

Have your project do double duty, enter it into the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium

Challenge high school students: you are invited to present your projects at the 2016 Southwest Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)!

Learn about this year’s Symposium at http://stemed.unm.edu/JSHS_top.aspx and apply for this year’s Symposium at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ebmh710c64674df3.
Or

Second Annual Brain Bee Neuroscience competition for High School Students
http://neurosciences.unm.edu/nm-sfn/brain-bee.html?utm_source=STEM-H+Center+Newsletter_12-10-2015&utm_campaign=STEMH+Newsletter-9-19&utm_medium=email

NEED SOMETHING TO DO?

BE A MENTOR and introduce to someone who has never coded before.
https://code.org
https://www.madewithcode.com

NASA’s Mission to Pluto

Read about the woman behind NASA’s nine-year mission to Pluto at:
http://www.afr.com/leadership/the-woman-behind-nasas-nineyear-mission-to-pluto-20151211-gllxnk

Contribute to Challenge when you shop at Amazon

Go to: https://smile.amazon.com (http://smile.amazon.com/ch/65-1207275)

ENJOY YOUR BREAK!!!

David, Josephine, Patty


Monday Afternoon Message, December 7, 2015

New Website, under construction

We are migrating our web site to a new server so uploading the Interims is a little different this year. When you click on Interims link, you’ll be taken to the new site.

MILESTONE . . . INTERIM REPORT due December 10th.

The interim report, which should be around 500 words in length, should expand on the information in your proposal. Please note that the interim report may not be a copy of the proposal that you submitted earlier.

The interim report should include the following information:

  • the definition of the problem,
  • your plan for solving the problem computationally,
  • a description of the progress you have made up to this time,
  • the results you expect to get,
  • and at least five citations of information you have referenced.

**The format for a scientific report is to not use opinions. You relate to your readers by leading them through your learning process and giving them proof of what you learned that is observable by others or supported by their research.

An example of a report can be found at:
http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/interims/guidelines

As Interim Reports come in, we will ask our reviewers to review your report. Their job is to send you a copy of their review. The intent of the review is to help you achieve your project goals. They may suggest new areas to research, coding strategies, offer their help with the project, or suggestions on how to proceed. Finalist Judges will take a look at the changes from the Proposal to the Interim and Final Report so it is important to consider the reviewer’s suggestions and show why you made the changes you did. A thank you to the reviewer is considered good manners.

Things to Consider:

Have your project do double duty, enter it into the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium
Challenge high school students: you are invited to present your projects at the 2016 Southwest Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS)! Learn about last year’s Symposium at http://stemed.unm.edu/JSHS_top.aspx** and apply for this year’s Symposium at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ebmh710c64674df3.
** this appears to be last year’s webpage

Teachers

This article might be great for your Newsletters/Webpages. It talks of reasons why coding should be a part of school curriculum.
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/dec/03/should-kids-learn-code?

If you have any questions, comments or requests please write to Consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge dot org

BY SHOPPING, you can contribute to Challenge when you shop at Amazon.
Go to: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/65-1207275.

David, Patty, Josephine


Monday Morning Message, November 30, 2015

Hope you had a nice, restful, and thankful, past few days.

December Dates

Here are the activities you should be doing during December:
DECEMBER

Discuss with Team

  • Progress
  • What didn’t work
  • Why new plan might work
  • Other variables that might affect work
  • What needs revamping

Write and Submit INTERIM REPORT — DEC 10

  • Proofread
  • Be clear and concise
  • Make report long enough to truly represent what you now know about the topic, what you have discovered, and what will be critical to pay attention to
  • Include a timeline plan if possible
  • Continue Project work
  • Coding Ramps up
  • Consult mentors
  • Save reviewers comments and incorporate them

February Project Evaluations

We’ll be making the schedule for the February Project Evaluations during early January and will only schedule teams that have submitted Interim Reports so make sure you get those in.

Computer Science Education Week, Dec 7-11

Next week is Computer Science Education Week so get involved and check out the tutorials and help others to participate as well.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, November 23, 2015

Two Types of Models

In a proposal review from a volunteer scientist, the scientist explained:
“(there are two types of models) Agent Based or Mathematical. In an agent based model, you use real agents that interact and spread disease according to certain rules. In a mathematical model, you use a set of equations to model the numbers of susceptible, infected and recovered individuals (look up SIR for Smallpox). I would encourage you to decide how you might want to start modeling based on your interest in math or in agent based programming. There is more info here as well: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemic_model

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloons

So what does it take to make and display a Macy’s Balloon? Obviously, math and engineering, learn more at: http://www.popsci.com/science-and-engineering-macys-thanksgiving-day-balloons

National Science Foundation — Ten ways advanced computing catalyzes science

Read about NSF-supported supercomputing research in many different areas of science: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136958&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, November 16, 2015

Proposal Reviews/Interims Due

You should be receiving reviews of your proposals from volunteer scientists. Please respond to them, thanking them for their time and input, and ask them other questions. Interim Reports are due December 10th. See http://supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/interims for more details.

Past Challenge Winner off to Ireland

Read about what Richard Rush, member of the 2009-2010 winning Supercomputing Challenge team, is up to now: http://www.cnjonline.com/2015/11/11/melrose-farm-boy-now-ireland-grad-student

Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code

Teacher and Students, plan to participate in Computer Science Education Week and do the Hour of Code. Do the tutorials yourself (at Code.org) then get your school, or the (elementary/middle) school you previously attended, to participate. In 2013 the theme was Angry Birds, in 2014 the theme was Frozen, and this year the theme is Star Wars and Minecraft. They are all fun tutorials with inspiring videos.

Other Competitions

Students: remember that you can enter your Supercomputing Challenge projects in other competitions, like the Research Challenge (aka Science Fair). The web page for Central New Mexico’s Research Challenge is http://stemed.unm.edu/RC_Info.aspx and other regions are listed at http://infohost.nmt.edu/~science/fair/Regionals.htm.

2016 Discover STEM Week

Teachers and Students: The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is now accepting applications for schools who would like to attend the 2016 Discover STEM Week. Accepted schools will receive free admission and busing (ABQ metro only) for their students. This event is the week of February 1-5. Applications deadline is December 7th, 2015. Please apply online at: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/tnamfevents/event/767072
Teachers, see http://www.nuclearmuseum.org/learn/for-teachers

Algorithms to Reduce Air Traffic Congestion

Have you been on a plane that pulls away from the gate and sits for what seems like forever before taking off? Check out this issue of CS Bytes & Bits Volume 4 Issue 2 to learn how computer science is helping to reduce congestion on runways!

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, November 9, 2015

Proposal Reviews Coming

Several people have volunteered to review your proposals. You should be hearing from them soon. When you get a review, make sure to acknowledge the effort the reviewer put into the review. Do heed their advice as you work on your project and prepare your Interim Report. Thank them and start a dialogue with them.

Interim Reports due in one month

Remember the next deadline is December 10th, when your Interim Reports are due: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/interims

Time management is one of the skills that the Supercomputing Challenge tries to develop in its participants. Take a look at 7 Simple Steps to Meeting Deadlines: http://www.sitepoint.com/steps-to-meeting-deadlines

Congressional App Challenge

The second annual Congressional App Challenge opens for submissions today, November 9. The Challenge is open to all students, grades 9-12, who attend high school in participating Congressional districts. Winners get to meet their Member of Congress, and have their app displayed at the Capitol Building! View the details at: http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us

Support the Challenge through Amazon Smile

Parents, teachers, anyone, shop through Amazon Smile and Support the Supercomputing Challenge.
The Challenge, a non-profit, has registered with AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/65-1207275, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Supercomputing Challenge.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, November 2, 2015

Proposals and Proposal Reviews

Sixty teams have submitted proposals and we are about to contact volunteers to review the proposals and provide you feedback. So, if your team hasn’t submitted a proposal, please do it as soon as possible. See: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/proposals

Challenge Facebook Page

Are you a Facebook user? Join the Supercomputing Challenge’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/lists/3827711411529 or search for Supercomputing Challenge on Facebook. Share what you’re doing.

High Performance Computing Matters

Through your participation in the Supercomputing Challenge, we hope to educate you as to how and why computers can be used to benefit society.

SC15 (an international Supercomputing Conference held the third week of November each year) recently released short videos about how high performance computing (HPC) is making a difference in our lives. Check out the introduction video at https://youtu.be/9m0gZ2Gft4Q.

Then see the short video about personalizing medical treatments. Through the use of patient specific high resolution computer models of a child’s head surgery for epilepsy is much more precise and less traumatic in part thru the use of high performance imaging and visualization. The end result is a much higher quality of life for the child. https://youtu.be/HOEAocq_U5o

Parents/Teachers

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month, but Securing Your Kids is a never ending activity. The SANS Institute (the most trusted source for information security training) has a site, https://cyberaware.securingthehuman.org/securing-your-kids, that has a good 57 minute video with great advice for dealing with kids and technology.

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, October 19, 2015

Research and Report Writing

October is speeding past, this is the month where you really need to be collecting, reading, and annotating research for your project topic. Work, Work, Work! By December 10th.

School Visits

If you want a school visit, please request one ASAP. Write to: consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge.org

Project Proposals

There are several teams that have not submitted their proposals. Please get that done as soon as possible.

Interim Reports

Interim Reports are due Dec 10th. Don’t miss the deadline so that your project is on track.

Google Cardboard Glasses

At the Kickoff, we played around with and gave away google cardboard glasses. If you want to know more, or want your own glasses, here’s the link: https://www.google.com/get/cardboard

Your Coding Method is Like a Fingerprint

Did you know that your coding method is like a fingerprint? Read the following article to find out more: http://www.itworld.com/article/2876179/csi-computer-science-your-coding-style-can-give-you-away.html

Want more help learning to code? Check out these websites.

Important Dates Checklist

September 1-20, 2015: Registration
October 10-11, 2015: Kickoff
November 2015: School visits
December 10, 2015: Interim reports due
January 2016: Peer Review
February 5-27, 2016: Project Evaluation
February 28, 2016: Deadline to submit scholarship applications
March 2016: Tours
April 6, 2016: Deadline to submit final reports
April 6, 2016: Registration deadline for Expo and Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos.
April 11, 2016: Submissions for the Best Web version of a final report due.
April 13, 2016: Judges’ Conference Call.
April 25, 2016: Supercomputing Challenge Expo in Los Alamos
April 26, 2016: Awards Ceremony in Los Alamos

David, Josephine, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Thursday Afternoon Message, October 15, 2015

We heard you enjoyed the speakers at the Kickoff, David Mascarenas (Los Alamos National Lab) talked about Engineering sensors, Roger Wiens (Los Alamos National Lab) spoke of the Mars Science Laboratory and ChemCam, and Meghan Hill and Katelynn James (2014-15 First place Supercomputing Challenge winners) presented their project and gave you pointers for the coming year.

This past weekend we had 200 attendees and 65 instructors/volunteers. A job well done all!

DEADLINES: Your proposal should be submitted. Please take the time to do that now! If you have not submitted it yet or want to update, go to http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/proposals

If you want to see the materials presented at the Kickoff, you can find Class Materials here: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/kickoff/classes

Class and team pictures can be found on your YAPP app and on the website. http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/kickoff/pictures

THE CHALLENGE MARATHON HAS BEGUN!

MILE MARKERS
OCTOBER

Submit PROPOSAL
Preliminary research on topics

Look for any research like what you propose to do.
Look for more information on topic to expand knowledge
Look for influencing variables

Create a preliminary timeline and rough draft of plan

NOVEMBER

Find Mentors
Major Research Push
Increase knowledge on topic
Increase knowledge on topic
Discover Variables that might affect outcomes
Decide on an appropriate Model for the project
Mathematical? Agent Based? etc.
Discuss with Team

DECEMBER

Write and Submit INTERIM REPORT — DEC 10
Proofread
Be clear and concise
Make report long enough to truly represent what you now know about the topic, what you have discovered, and what will be critical to pay attention to. Include a timeline plan if possible.
Continue Project work
Coding Ramps up
Consult mentors
Save reviewers comments and incorporate them

JANUARY

Coding and project work continues
PUT REVIEWERS COMMENTS INTO ACTION
Begin to write final report
Don’t forget to keep a record of references
Present to Peers and Adults
Consult mentors

FEBRUARY

Prepare report and presentation for PROJECT EVALUATIONS — FEB 5-27
Reevaluate progress on your plan
Consult mentors
Continue coding

MARCH

Use Report reviewer’s suggestions
Generate Research Data, Paying attention to patterns in the data
Assess whether project is testing what you think it is testing
Gather Proof how you know that it is (Use in Final Report)
Assess whether project results are how the system would work in the real world.
Gather Proof how you know that it is (Use in Final Report)
Work on final report

APRIL

Finish work and upload FINAL REPORT — APR 6
Polish report and presentations
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
Even after submitting continue any unfinished work
EXPO April 25 — 26

Don’t forget if you have questions, requests, or needs, write to: consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge.org

David, Josephine, Patty
Supercomputing Challenge


Thursday Morning Message, October 8, 2015

This is one last message before we all pack up and head to Socorro! http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/kickoff

Electives

When you go through registration on Saturday morning, you will need to select an elective to participate in on Saturday night. Look over the list at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/kickoff/classes/electives to see what you might be interested in. Choose more than one just in case they fill up.

Tracks

We will have eight different tracks that students will be following during the two days. Three tracks will learn NetLogo and three tracks will learn Python and two tracks cover other topics for advanced students.

Proposals

Remember you need to bring a proposal with you to the Kickoff and it would be nice to have it posted beforehand at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/proposals As of this writing, 15 teams have already submitted their proposals.

Team Numbers

We have sorted all the teams by school names and renumbered them from 1 to 108 and you’ll see what your team number is when you submit your proposal, or on your nametag that you get on Saturday.

Housing

Remember that students may be housed four to a two-bed room so bring a sleeping bag to put on the bed if that is your desire.

What Else to Bring

Money for snacks, laptop computers (make sure they are tagged with your identification information), appropriate clothes (weather looks good-no chance of rain, low of 50 degrees, high of 83 degrees), toiletries, pajamas, walking shoes, TEAFs and registration fees if they haven’t been turned in already, . . .

David, Josephine, Kari, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, October 6, 2015

Kickoff

The 26th Annual Supercomputing Challenge Kickoff is this weekend!
At New Mexico Tech in Socorro. Plan to arrive at the Joseph Fidel Student Center (#10 on the map below) between 9:00 am and 11:30 am to register and get t-shirts, schedules, and more. See the map of the NM Tech campus at: http://www.nmt.edu/campus-maps

See the general schedule for the weekend at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/kickoff/schedule

The Challenge will provide lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch Sunday at NM Tech. Breakfast Sunday morning is at the hotel. You might want to bring some spending money for snacks (or to spend at the NM Tech bookstore on Saturday).

Proposals

Try to post your project proposals before Friday. See: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/proposals for guidelines and the links to submit your proposal. (Eight teams have already submitted their proposals.) In the next day or two we will renumber the teams to numbers between 1 and 100 alphabetically by school name. Remember that you need to bring a copy of your proposal with you to the Kickoff.

Kickoff Housing

The housing lists for Saturday night have been posted at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/kickoff/#housing

Check to make sure you are on one of the lists if you need housing on Saturday night. Let Consult know of any issues.

David, Josephine, Kari, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Evening Message, September 28, 2015

Team Membership

Team registration is now available. Go to: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/registration and click on Register or Manage Teams and organize yourselves onto teams. You will be assigned a team ID and once everyone is registered, we’ll re-organize the teams alphabetically by schools and renumber them to numbers between 1 and 100.

Proposals

Once you have registered a team, you can submit your proposal. Go to: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/proposals and read the guidelines, the click on Submit or Edit your proposal to login and enter your team’s proposal. (Team members need to do this, not teachers.)

Remember to bring a copy of your proposal with you to the Kickoff on Oct 10th.

Kickoff Housing Lists

We hope to have the Kickoff Housing Lists posted later this week so check back for them at: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/kickoff/#housing

UNM event Saturday

UNM’s School of Engineering is housing an open house the Saturday. Details at: https://soe.unm.edu/open-house-2015.html

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and Educator Award

Girls, nominate yourself for the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Award at: https://www.aspirations.org/participate/high-school and nominate your teacher at: https://www.aspirations.org/participate/educators

News

Robots to the Rescue, “It’s not the robots, it’s the data.” http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=136160&WT.mc_id=USNSF_1

David, Josephine, Kari, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, September 21, 2015

Kickoff

Planning is in full swing for the Supercomputing Challenge Kickoff which will be held at New Mexico Tech in Socorro on October 10th and 11th. Teams should expect to arrive between 9:00 am and 11:30 am. Registration will be in the Joseph Fidel Student Union building where teams will get their schedules, Challenge t-shirts, and have their pictures taken. NM Tech students will be there to give tours of the campus before we have lunch in the cafeteria. There will be an after lunch keynote session, three classes, dinner, an evening keynote session and electives. Sunday morning will have three classes followed by lunch with a keynote session and then everyone will depart from Socorro. The Challenge will pay for meals and lodging for the weekend.

Proposals

Be preparing a proposal about the project you would like to work on this year and plan to bring it with you to the Kickoff. Hopefully next week we’ll be accepting proposal submissions on the web site.

Registration

If you haven’t registered yet, please get that done as soon as possible as we need to make food and housing plans and order t-shirts and such.

Questions?

Send us an email, to consult1516 at supercomputingchallenge.org

David, Josephine, Kari, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Monday Morning Message, August 25, 2015

Welcome to the 26th Annual Supercomputing Challenge!

Registration

Start forming teams to participate in the 26th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

Registration is proceeding. We hope to have the team registration web site available soon, but we may have to ask you to email in who is on what team so we can help you get organized. Follow all the steps at: http://supercomputingchallenge.org/15-16/registration

Proposals

Be thinking about your projects and start preparing a proposal about what you want to work on this year. Read the Proposals Guidelines at: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/proposals and be ready to submit a proposal when that web site becomes available.

Kickoff

Make your plans now to join us at New Mexico Tech in Socorro on October 10th and 11th for two days of fun and learning. We continue to add content to the Kickoff website: http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/archive/15-16/kickoff.

Teachers

If you aren’t a member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) join now, it’s free and they send out useful newsletters: http://csta.acm.org.

Sign up for NASA’s EXPRESS message at: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/Express_Landing.html

Apply to join the NM Science & Math group at: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nm-science-math

David, Josephine, Kari, Patty,
Program Managers for the Supercomputing Challenge


Supercomputing Challenge Consulting, consult1516 @ supercomputingchallenge.org

These News Flashes are archived at http://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/news_flash.shtml so that you can review them at a later date. There is also a link at the top of each Challenge web page pointing to Newsflash.