New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

The Supercomputing Challenge
Project GUTS
Summer Teacher Institute (STI)


STI 2012 will be held from July 15th through Friday afternoon, July 20th at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. During the week of July 23-26, teams will work online collaboratively on projects. We'll meet up again on July 27th at UNM/EPSCoR in Albuquerque for wrap up and project presentations.

The primary goals of the Supercomputing Challenge / Project GUTS Summer Teacher Institute are to:

  1. introduce teachers to complexity science and computational tools and methods,
  2. advance teachers' knowledge, understanding, and skills in STEM domains,
  3. prepare teachers to support Supercomputing Challenge and/or Project GUTS teams, and
  4. provide ongoing support to teachers who will recruit and assist students in STEM endeavors.

Secondary goals include forming of networks of support for STEM teachers, raise awareness of the continuity and scaffolding of learning between our two programs, and serving as a model of a coordinated approach to professional development that spans middle and high school informal science programs. By offering a collaborative Summer Teacher Institute, we hope to provide teachers with a variety of entry points into computational science, offer greater opportunities for collaboration between middle and high school teachers, and take advantage of some economies of scale.

Here is a flyer advertising the Institute.


Out of town participants will be provided housing.

See pictures of our activities.

STI Wiki

See the STI 2012 Wiki page for the schedule, lecture notes and resources, and more.


Each summer we plan a two week institute for high school and middle school teachers so that they can learn about the Challenge and how to become a better Supercomputing Challenge TEACHER sponsor. Participants plan and implement a project in the context of a mini-Challenge. Getting to know and work with like-minded teachers from around the state is a real benefit of this professional development opportunity. Tours and recreation activities supplement the curriculum and enhance the collaboration that is an essential component of the Challenge.

Past STIs

  1. August 1995, 27 teachers, Los Alamos
  2. June 1996, 26 teachers, Portales
  3. July 1996, 27 teachers, Las Cruces
  4. July 1997, 47 teachers, Socorro
  5. June 1998, 16 teachers, Highlands-Las Vegas
  6. August 1998, 15 teachers, Highlands-Las Vegas
  7. June 1999, 15 teachers, NMSU-Las Cruces
  8. June 2000, 12 teachers, WNMU-Silver City
  9. June 2001, 19 teachers, NM Tech-Socorro
  10. June 2002, 14 teachers, San Juan College-Farmington
  11. July 2003, 23 teachers, San Juan College-Farmington
  12. June 2004, 11 teachers, Webinar/Highland High-Albuquerque
  13. July 2005, 19 teachers, Alamogordo High School
  14. July 2006, 15 teachers, Santa Fe Indian School
  15. July 2007, 15 teachers, CNM-Albuquerque
  16. July 2008, 34 teachers, New Mexico Tech
  17. July 2009, 32 teachers, New Mexico Tech
  18. July 2010, 19 teachers, New Mexico Tech
  19. July 2011, 33 teachers, New Mexico Tech
  20. July 2012, 34 teachers, New Mexico Tech
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