"Supercomputing Challenge students have spent the past year working on computational projects of their design. Rather than canceling the Expo presentations that are normally done in person at Los Alamos National Labs, students are now using the same tools to “work from home” as college students completing their coursework online and professionals like their mentors at our national labs. This is providing them with skills for their future academic and professional careers.
The Challenge will pioneer an online alternative to our annual Expo on April 27th by moving student final presentations, judging and an award ceremony to a virtual platform.
With school campuses closed, the Challenge has lost contact with some of our student teams because often their teachers were their main point of contact. Students wishing to rejoin the Challenge should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The statewide Supercomputing Challenge is in its 30th year working with middle and high school students to use computer science to promote critical thinking, communication, collaboration and coding about problems of their choosing. Students are mentored by volunteer scientists and computer programmers from the community in projects that range from ecosystem research, epidemiology, wildfires and remote sensing for agriculture and much, much more. The Supercomputing Challenge partners include Los Alamos National Labs, Sandia National Labs, NM Tech, Descartes Labs, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, bigbyte, VanDyke Software and most state colleges and universities.
The Supercomputing Challenge is open to New Mexico middle-schools 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 next year can make plans to start next academic year."