It is time to register for this year’s Supercomputing Challenge! The Supercomputing Challenge is a program for middle and high schools students to come up with a computational science project that they work on throughout the school year.
This year is the 32nd Supercomputing Challenge! Interested students can register from September 1-30, 2021. The official kickoff will be virtual this year and held on Saturday, October 9. Once students get their team together, they register their team in November. Project proposals are then due on December 1, 2021.
What exactly is the Supercomputing Challenge? The Supercomputing Challenge is a nationally recognized program that promotes critical thinking and project-based learning in science and engineering so that the next generation of high school graduates is better prepared to compete in an information based economy.
The Supercomputing Challenge provides is a chance for young people interested in science and engineering to learn computational science skills (modeling or simulations, data collection, visualization, research, and algorithms) applicable to numerous STEM fields. Teams of students, sponsored by a teacher, complete a single computational project of their own choice with the opportunity to use high-performance supercomputers. Throughout the program, help and support are given to the teams by their project advisers and the Supercomputing Challenge organizers and sponsors.
While the web page for the 2021-2022 Supercomputing Challenge is currently under construction, here is some preliminary information:
- Individuals Register: Sept 1 – 30
- Virtual Kickoff: Oct TBA
- Teams Register November
- Proposals due December 1
- Interim Reports due February 1
- February Evaluations: Last two Saturdays in February 2022, and Monday through Friday in between them.
- Scholarship applications due Feb 28th
- Final Reports due April 6th by noon
- Expo April 25th-26th
Teachers may want to distribute this invitation to participate to their students!
Interested students and teachers who have any questions about this year’s Supercomputing Challenge may contact the organizers at. Contact info is found on the Supercomputing Challenge webpage.
The Supercomputing Challenge is sponsored in part by the New Mexico Consortium.