Class materials from the Kickoff Conference.

Additional Material

Introduction to NetLogo, Track A

NetLogo with geospatial, Track B

Introduction to Python, Track C

Data Science with Python, Track D

Teacher Session

  1. 4 Cs of the Supercomputing Challenge (docx) (Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Coding)
  2. Expo Rubric
  3. Technical Writing Proposal, Interim, Final Report and Public Speaking
  4. PowerPoint less ness
  5. Leveraging or Double Dipping: Robotics, Science Fair, STEM-H
    Professional Development Opportunities (docx)
    STEM Competitions Timeline 2019-2020 (pdf) or Excel Spreadsheet
    Summary of STEM Research Competitions 2021 (docx)
  6. Milestones
  7. Teacher List Serves (docx)
  8. Web Resources for Teacher Sponsors (docx)

Broadening Your Knowledge Sessons

  1. Building a Supercomputer
    Learn to build your own supercomputer cluster with Raspberry Pi boards and free software. Teri Roberts, Retired LANL
  2. Cybersecurity
    This session will be a discussion on Cybersecurity combined with videos and engaging cyber activities. Christie Mikijanic, New Mexico Tech grad student
  3. Data Visualization with Python matplot
    Matplotlib is a 2-D plotting library that helps in visualizing figures. So, matplotlib in Python is free and easy library for data visualization. Amy Knowles, New Mexico Tech<
  4. High Performance Computing
    This session will cover the differences between personal/workstation computing and high-performance computing. The focus will be on programming for large scale and parallelism. It will also touch on the user environment on HPC systems, and what kinds of tools are available. (note, there is a dedicated $1000 prize for a project in this category, given during the Expo!) Mike Davis, Cray, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
  5. Introduction to the Command Line: Talking Directly to your Computer!
    You may have seen hackers in movies using the command line, but anyone can learn it! We’ll demystify this tool by learning about the history of computing and how to use it to run experiments or learn more about your computer. These skills are used widely in CS university programs and careers. Sara Hartse, Challenge Alum, Software Engineer
  6. Introduction to Github
    Github is a very powerful tool being used throughout the world of computer science to manage projects. You will learn the basics of using Git and set up your own repository to store and share your project, good for team project management.
    Please create a Github account prior to this session. Github will be sending out emails to invite students to create Github accounts and link them to our new Supercomputing Challenge Github. (There will be prizes for teams that effectively use Github for their projects, given during the Expo.) Mohit Dubey, Challenge Alum, Musician, Scientist, Teacher Sponsor
  7. Introduction to Machine Learning
    An introduction to machine learning and neural networks. Zack Kinsman, College Student
  8. Making apps for Android phones
    For our workshop, we will be creating an app to play charades. We will use a free website created by MIT to develop our very own App! When we are finished you will have a fun family and student friendly game to play! Participants will access during the workshop. Jennifer Cordova, Middle School Teacher and Consultant
  9. NetLogo Behavior Space
    Learn to run experiments in NetLogo quickly and export the data as a spreadsheet, then use the spreadsheet to further your data analysis. Harry Henderson, Teacher Sponsor
  10. Teacher Afternoon Tea
    Come drink some virtual tea and discuss any Challenge topics and Creighton will share his other competition info. Creighton Edington, Teacher Sponsor and Celia Einhorn, Staff

Meet the Scientist/Proposal Review

This year we intend to have scientists meet virtually the students in their teams prior to the Kickoff. The students should have submitted their proposals and reviewed the Computational Science Process map. The Meet the Scientist Proposal Review form will be filled out. Volunteer scientists should look over the Meet the Scientist (MTS) Overview Document.

The purpose of the session is to make sure teams have chosen a problem that is suitable for computational science, has measurable components so that a mathematical model can be developed, and from that a computing solution can be written. The session is secondarily about mentoring teams who have good proposals and are ready to get started on their projects. Meet the Scientist is a key session for helping students get off to a good start on their projects. For info about Proposals, see: Proposals.

It may be helpful to look at the proposal guidelines and the proposals that are already up on the Challenge web page – Proposals. There is also a link on the web page for questions to ask to direct the students: Team Project Development. Additionally, Areas of Science links to areas of science and may be helpful for teams still looking for an idea. This guidelines link can be useful, too: Challenge Proposal Guidelines. You can see which teams have submitted proposal on the proposals page of the Challenge web site, Proposals.

Here is the Agent Based Planning Document for Middle School teams choosing to do an Agent Based model.

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Introduction to Computational Science and Modeling

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Report Writing Materials and Teamwork

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