INTERA to Support the Supercomputing Challenge Program in New Mexico
INTERA recently donated to The Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 program in New Mexico that is dedicated to promoting interest in math and science amongst students in grades 4-12. INTERA believes that the program’s cause aligns with our values of stewardship and excellence, so we are happy to support the program as they give a space for future generations to learn valuable skills in STEM.
The Supercomputing Challenge is a long-established 501(c)3 program in New Mexico dedicated to promoting interest in math and science among elementary, middle, and high-school students. The program’s hope is to “promote critical thinking and project-based learning in science and engineering so that the next generation of high school graduates is better prepared to compete in an information-based economy.” Additionally, the program does its best to recruit students who are underrepresented in STEM and lack the resources to complete these projects on their own.
The Challenge’s participants form teams and choose a computational science project to work on all year long using high-performance supercomputers. The program’s sponsors are a network of federal laboratories, universities, and businesses who help provide mentors, teachers, competition judges, training sessions, project equipment, and time on supercomputers. A finalist judge for the 2018-2019 competition year said, “The first and second place teams did astonishing, professional level work. By the time they graduate from high school, they will quite likely have done more to benefit mankind than most folks accomplish in a lifetime.”