The Supercomputing Challenge
Summer Teacher Institute (STI)
The Supercomputing Challenge is making plans for the 2014 Summer Teacher
Institute (STI). STI is a two-week long 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 weeks of July 13th-25th.
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 weeks of July 13th - July 25th 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
The primary goals of the Supercomputing Challenge Summer Teacher Institute are to:
- introduce teachers to complexity science and computational tools and methods,
- advance teachers' knowledge, understanding, and skills in Computer Science and STEM domains,
- prepare teachers to support Supercomputing Challenge teams, and
- provide ongoing support to teachers who will recruit and assist students in Computer Science and STEM endeavors.
To register, drop an email to consult1415 @ supercomputingchallenge.org
and let us know you are interested.
The STI will be a three-credit graduate-level course. See
121 of the NMT course catalog for information on ST 537.
Out of town participants will be provided housing in West Hall.
STI begins at 5:30 July 13th with a barbeque at the Joseph Fidel Student Union building. Dorm checkin can begin at 3:00 pm. The daily schedule will be
8:30 to 4:30 or so on the 14th through the 18th and the 21st through the 25th
with all classes held in the Cramer building on the
West Hall is number 45, right by the cafeteria in Fidel Center, number 14.
All our classes and evening activities are in Cramer Hall. Sunday evening
we will be in Workman Hall 101 near Fidel.
During the week, we will be using Cramer classrooms 213 and 239.
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.
See the STI
2014 Wiki page for the schedule, lecture notes and resources, and more.
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