New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

The Supercomputing Challenge
Project GUTS
Summer Teacher Institute (STI)

Information about the 2013 Summer Teacher Institute will be posted as it becomes available.


The Supercomputing Challenge is making plans for the 2013 Summer Teacher Institute (STI). STI is a weeklong workshop focused on the important roles computer science and modeling play in the new math and science standards. Supercomputing Challenge teams develop computational science-based projects over the course of a school year. STI prepares you to be a teacher-sponsor.

We invite you to join us at NM Tech in Socorro the week of July 14th-19th. You will receive a stipend plus room and board. You will become part of an established, professional learning community. You will receive mentoring throughout the Challenge year for you and your teams.

Modeling links classroom mathematics and statistics to everyday life, work, and decision-making. Modeling is the process of choosing and using appropriate mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, to understand them better, and to improve decisions. Quantities and their relationships in physical, economic, public policy, social, and everyday situations can be modeled using mathematical and statistical methods.

The STI curricula include multiple opportunities to practice inquiry skills, to develop teams, to plan, develop and implement a modeling project and to learn an agent-based computer programming language.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please let us know if you are interested in spending the week of July 14th - July 19th at NM Tech with the Supercomputing Challenge facilitators and returning teacher-sponsors. Set in the context of a vibrant community, STI prepares teachers new to modeling and gives those with experience additional practice in Project Based Learning.


To register, drop an email to consult @ and let us know you are interested. When we get the offical registration site up and running, we will ask you to return and register.


Each summer we plan an 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.

STI Wiki

See the STI 2013 Wiki page for the schedule, lecture notes and resources, and more.

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
For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult @

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