Supercomputing Challenge Mid-year Project Evaluations in February

Supercomputing Challenge Mid-year Project Evaluations in February

Supercomputing Challenge Mid-year Project Evaluations in February

This year is the 34th year of the Supercomputing Challenge, with 40 teams of middle and high school students across the state of New Mexico participating. In the Supercomputing Challenge, students work together in teams to tackle complex issues using science, technology, engineering, and math, while also improving their writing and presentation skills. With mentor guidance, students lead their projects, exploring their interests and getting ready for the future. The Challenge embraces diversity, including women and minorities throughout New Mexico and even globally.

Currently, the teams are completing their Project Evaluations held either at a college near them or online. For the evaluations, team members will make an oral presentation of approximately 15 minutes with 15 minutes for questions and answers, not to exceed 30 minutes. Teams will talk to a panel of Supercomputing Challenge judges so that the judges can better understand the project, review progress and offer advice and direction on overcoming obstacles or finding additional resources. After the evaluations, their final written report is due in early April followed by an oral presentation three weeks later. The teams’ topics this year include computer science, artificial intelligence, environment, economics, and diseases.

The Supercomputing Challenge is an academic marathon. Teachers and mentors guide students through a series of benchmark activities to facilitate success. So, just as the completion rate in a modern marathon is over 90%, participants in this year’s New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge are likely to enjoy the rewards and satisfaction of presenting their final projects in the spring.

The Challenge is proud to announce that 50% of our participants are young women. Currently, the national average of women working in STEM fields is 27%, so it is always a goal of the Challenge to recruit more young women to participate! One step the Challenge has taken to pursue this goal is by having women keynote speakers, mentors, judges, and instructors.

Please contact consult@supercomputingchallenge.org if you would like to be a judge at the annual final event, the Expo, at Los Alamos National Laboratory on April 29th or attend our Awards Ceremony, April 30th.

The Supercomputing Challenge is supported each year by the New Mexico Consortium.