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SuperQuest is an American computational competition for high school students. Computational projects are proposed by various high school teams. An expert panel evaluates all of the entries (proposals) and selects about four winning teams for each participating center. There are four centers participating in the SuperQuest program.

The winning teams attend a three-week SuperQuest summer institute (typically in July) at one of the participating supercomputing centers. The students learn about supercomputing, work with mentors and work on implementing their projects on a supercomputer.

The winning teams are provided with a workstation in their schools and are given access to the supercomputers through the internet. The teams continue working on their projects for a year.

The contest started in 1988, sponsored by ETA, a subsidiary of Control Data Systems. A team from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology won the prize, an ETA10P supercomputer, which was installed in their school.[1] The following year, corporate problems led ETA to cancel the program, and the Cornell Theory Center, with support from the National Science Foundation and IBM, designed a revised program, where all winning teams received internet connections and access throughout the year to the supercomputing resources at the Cornell Theory Center. From 1991-1994, this program was expanded to include summer programs at other supercomputing centers (NCSA and University of Huntsville, Alabama in 1991; Reed College and the Oregon Graduate Institute, and Sandia National Laboratories in 1992).


  • Information from "Superquest: A Historical Retrospective on a Computational Science Program for Secondary Schools", [1]