29th Supercomputing Challenge Concludes With Award Ceremony April 30



The 29th annual Supercomputing Challenge concludes with a festive Award Ceremony at Smith-Brasher Hall on the campus of Central New Mexico Community College from 9 AM until 12 Noon on April 30, 2019.  The competition for scholarships and awards showcases the school year-long research projects of budding scientists and engineers throughout the state of New Mexico. The Awards ceremony follows our judging event for finalists at Smith-Brasher Hall and Expo in the rotunda at the University of New Mexico Science and Technology Park April 29, 2019; both open to the public.

This year, 40 teams representing 25 New Mexico Middle and High Schools submitted final reports on their projects.  Six teams have been selected as finalists and will make oral presentations on April 29 to a team of judges from our national laboratories, high tech businesses and our state colleges and universities to determine the top prizes.  The remaining 34 teams will present their projects at the Expo in a science fair poster type presentation competing for prizes and awards in many other categories. All of the student’s final reports are available at https://www.supercomputingchallenge.org/18-19/finalreports/submitted.php

Every student participating in the judging and Expo events has the opportunity to choose from a menu of tours and activities after the judging.  Choice of tours include UNM and CNM campus tours, FUSE Maker Space powered by Ingenuity, and Air Force Research Labs. Activities include a drone display and video demonstration from Wildflower International, demonstrations from Sandia National Laboratory and a Tech Update presentation on supercomputing and supercomputing education from the New Mexico Tech Council at 1:30 PM in Smith-Brasher Hall.

About the Supercomputing Challenge:

The Supercomputing Challenge provides opportunities for New Mexico middle and high school students to learn computational science techniques applicable to most STEM disciplines, including algorithms, computer modeling, data collection and visualization.  Students are introduced to multidisciplinary research skills through a project-based learning framework where they develop and solve problems from description to implementation. The Challenge welcomes all interested students, but makes great efforts to reach young women, minorities, rural populations and economically disadvantaged youth. For additional information contact Bill Blackler at (505) 898-3395 or E-Mail: wfblackler@gmail.com