New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

The Supercomputing Challenge
Summer Programs for Students

Summer Roundups

The Supercomputing Challenge and Project GUTS are holding "Summer Roundups" this summer at several locations around New Mexico.

The main purposes of the roundups are to give students and teachers the taste of computer modeling and to get a commitment from these people to have a GUTS club or a Challenge team.


Northern New Mexico CollegeJune 6-July 1Ivan Lopez, ilopez at
University of New MexicoJune 13-24Celia Einhorn, celia.einhorn at
Chaparral MidJune 20-23Yvonne Lozano, 575-882-6236 (Monday or Tuesday)
Gadsden MidJune 20-23Yvonne Lozano, 575-882-6236 (Monday or Tuesday)
Gadsden MidJune 27-30Yvonne Lozano, 575-882-6236 (Monday or Tuesday)
Santa Teresa MidJune 20-23Yvonne Lozano, 575-882-6236 (Monday or Tuesday)
Las Cruces, DACC, Introduction to GUTS/ChallengeJune 6-10Betsy Frederick, 505-220-5050 betsy.frederick at
Las Cruces, DACC East Mesa, IntermediateJune 13-17Betsy Frederick, betsy.frederick at
Silver City, Aldo Leopold HS, Press ReleaseJuly 11-15Celia Einhorn, celia.einhorn at
Las Vegas, NM, Press ReleaseJune 27-July 1Celia Einhorn, celia.einhorn at


Register for any of the Summer Roundups online.

There are two GUTS Y Girls workshops planned

Santa Fe ComplexJune 13-24gutsygirls at
University of New MexicoJuly 5-16gutsygirls at


Send email to consult at challenge dot nm dot org


At the Summer Roundup workshop, students and teachers will be introduced to the Project GUTS and Supercomputing Challenge programs. Project GUTS and the Supercomputing Challenge form a pipeline through which students progress from well-structured curricular units to independent computational science research projects. During this free workshop, students and teachers will learn about computer modeling and how it is used by scientists and others in cutting-edge research. Participating teachers will also learn how to start a Project GUTS club and sponsor a Supercomputing Challenge team.

Irene Lee, Project GUTS' principal investigator and President of the Challenge Board of Directors, believes that successful integration of computational thinking is possible when students connect computational models and simulation to addressing real world problems.

Students will attend from 9am - 12 noon. Dismissal will be at noon. Teachers will attend from 9am - 3pm with a lunch break at noon.

Project GUTS or the Supercomputing Challenge?

Founded in 2007, Project GUTS - Growing Up Thinking Scientifically - is a summer and after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students in New Mexico.

Project GUTS is for students from all different backgrounds who want to engage in scientific inquiry by investigating topics of interest to their local communities. The program is free to students, but enrollment is limited.

For more information on Project GUTS, please visit our website at

The Project GUTS approach is geared towards after school club implementation of curricular units. School day and elective course implementations of Project GUTS units have also been successful. Project GUTS' guided approach using 6-week units offers beginning students an introduction to complex systems, computer modeling and programming. Students have the opportunity to customize existing models to reflect local conditions they wish to study such as spread of disease, ecosystems, social networks.

The Supercomputing Challenge is a statewide program for middle and high school students and teachers. The Challenge provides opportunities beyond school: applying problem based learning, laying the groundwork for young people who will be scientists addressing critical issues. Teams use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real world problems.

The Supercomputing Challenge approach is geared towards mentoring teams of students who are interested in working on projects of their own specification. Challenge team sponsors mentor student teams as they conduct research, design and implement a computational model then collect and analyze the results of experiments run on the model. Successful Challenge students are self-directed and highly motivated.

We see Project GUTS and the Supercomputing Challenge as forming a pipeline through which students can get an introduction to computational modeling then progress to independent research. Our professional development programs are integrated and flexible enough to accommodate middle and high school teachers interests in implementing either the Project GUTS curriculum or supporting Challenge teams at either level.

Summer Programs/Employment

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