Congratulations to all Who Completed the 2020 Supercomputing Challenge!

Congratulations to all Who Completed the 2020 Supercomputing Challenge!

The New Mexico Consortium wants to say congratulations to all who completed the 2020 Supercomputing Challenge! The Supercomputing Challenge is an annual event in New Mexico to promote computational literacy and teamwork in science across the state. It’s a homegrown local science program and competition that has been on-going for 30 years. The Supercomputing Challenge is a program for elementary, middle, and high schools students to come up with a computational science project and work on it all year long.

The main sponsors of the Supercomputing Challenge this year were Triad,  Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC). Leadership and judges are drawn from many sources across the state but historically principle leaders have come from Los Alamos.  The Awards Ceremony specially thanked Thom Mason (LANL Director) and Steven Buelow (NMC CEO) as instrumental to this year’s successful challenge.

In addition to the competition, the organization provides numerous generous Scholarships for STEM students as well as summer training for STEM teachers.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Supercomputing Challenge went online, and students completed their work at home and presented it to the judges virtually. Thus it became the only, and thus premier outlet, for STEM achievement by New Mexico middle school and high school students this year!

All students do both an oral presentation as well as a written report and, since it’s computational, all code is also published online.

The awards ceremony, a list of the winning students and slides from the presentation can be found at the following links:

Opportunities for all STEM teacher’s announced at the 2020 Supercomputing Challenge:

Professional development opportunities this summer at NM CS PD Week. And learn more about the Supercomputing Challenge’s Summer Teacher Institute.

Los Alamos Daily Post article 2020 Supercomputing Challenge Award Winners Announced


Article by Carrie Talus