Press Release — Immediate Release
CONTACT: Paige Prescott, 505-699-4886, email@example.com
April 27, 2021
Changing the World, One Line of Code at a Time: Supercomputing Challenge
This group of students need to be recognized as critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, and computer scientists:
The Challenge likes to refer to itself as an academic marathon. The top three finalist projects are:
View all the final reports and videos at supercomputingchallenge.org
Supercomputing Challenge students across the state have created computational projects covering such topics as Covid, cancer, cybersecurity, and environmental issues. The Challenge celebrated our 31st annual Expo on April 26th and 27th by moving student final presentations, judging and an award ceremony to a virtual platform for the second year.
Middle and High school students are mentored by community volunteer scientists and computer programmers. The Supercomputing Challenge partners include Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Labs, PNM, Air Force Research Lab, Westwind, bigbyte, VanDyke Software and most state colleges and universities.
Paige Prescott, Executive Director, states that “It's always a thrill to see the teams from around New Mexico get to this point with truly outstanding projects. These students are prepared to be successful in any career. By participating in the Challenge, students learn coding skills as well as practicing grit and persistence. By meeting 21st century skills like meeting deadlines and research, students cross the finish line.
Scholarships worth $10,000 were awarded for students planning to enroll in Eastern, NMSU, UNM and CNM. Many other awards were distributed ranging from $50 per team member for finishing the academic marathon to team prizes of up to $1000 for 1st and additional prizes for other categories such as teamwork, research, technical writing, programming prowess, and community impact.
The Supercomputing Challenge is open to New Mexico middle and high-school students, including home-schooled students. Students work in teams and follow their own interests to choose a topic to computationally model. Any interested new students wanting to be involved can make plans to start the next academic year, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributors include the Northern NM STEAM Team, local educators, & advocates