Supercomputing Challenge

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The Supercomputing Challenge is an annual state wide competition in Supercomputing held in New Mexico for middle and high school students.

Begun in 1990 in a partnership of Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Technet, the Supercomputing Challenge offers students a chance to come up with a computational science project and compete against different students from other schools. This program must simulate a "real world" problem, or solutions thereof, in an accepted language, i.e. Java, C, C++, StarLogo, FORTRAN, etc. Around October, the participants attend a conference, to discuss their projects and confer with scientists to determine the feasibility and other factors concerning their intended project.

During spring, usually in April, participating students and their sponsoring instructors attend a conference in Los Alamos, at the laboratories, to present their final work before a panel of judges. The finalists, previously selected from final reports submitted earlier, present once more in a closed-door session to another panel of judges. The overall winners are awarded generous prizes at the awards ceremony, which is usually held the very next day after presentations. The program also offers Scholarships to all participating seniors.

First Place Teams of the Supercomputing Challenge[edit]

  • 1991 Albuquerque Academy
  • 1992 Espanola Valley High School
  • 1993 Las Cruces High School
  • 1994 Albuquerque Academy
  • 1995 Albuquerque Academy & Espanola Valley High School
  • 1996 Bowker Home School
  • 1997 Highland
  • 1998 Las Cruces
  • 1999 Albuquerque Academy
  • 2000 Sandia Prep
  • 2001 Sandia Prep
  • 2002 Silver
  • 2003 Albuquerque Academy
  • 2004 Eldorado
  • 2005 Albuquerque Academy
  • 2006 Manzano
  • 2007 Manzano/St. Pius/Homeschool
  • 2008 St. Pius/La Cueva
  • 2009 La Cueva
  • 2010 Melrose
  • 2011 Los Alamos Middle School

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