New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge
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Final Report Guidelines

This page contains information about format, content, and how to submit your final report. Another page is provided to offer assistance writing your final report.

Every team is required to submit an electronic copy of the final report via e-mail — e.g. as a Microsoft Word or OpenOffice document (team_xxx_report.doc/team_xxx_report.odt) attached to an e-mail message to finalreport1516 at supercomputingchallenge dot org

In the email to the above address include:

  1. Team number
  2. School name
  3. The project's area of science
  4. The computer language(s) used
  5. Team members grade(s) in school
  6. Team members email addresses
  7. Attach the final report
  8. Attach the source code

Teams are further encouraged (but not required) to submit a Web-based Presentation of the final report. An award for the "Best Web-based Presentation of a Final Report" will be given during the Awards Ceremony.

Email your ELECTRONIC-COPY to:


Your report should focus on your project rather than on the experiences of your team. The report must show that you conducted a scientific investigation, obtained results, and arrived at some conclusions. Be sure to include the following:

  • an executive summary that is shorter than one page
  • a statement of the problem that you have investigated
  • a description of the method you used to solve your problem
  • a discussion of how you verified and validated your model
  • the results of your study
  • the conclusions you reached by analyzing your results
  • the software, references, tables, and other products of your work
  • your most significant achievement on the project
  • an acknowledgment of the people and organizations that helped you

Be sure to follow the rules that govern the submittal of final reports so that your team is not disqualified. Please keep a copy of your report in case any problems arise in delivering it or copying it for the judges.

You will also need to bring a copy of your report to Los Alamos when you do your presentation for the judges. Please follow these guidelines for your report:

  • Use 8.5- by 11-inch paper.
  • Allow one-inch margins at the top, bottom, and sides.
  • Spacing should be 1 1/2 or double spaced.

Include a cover page in your final report with the following information: your project name, team number, school, team members, sponsoring teacher, and project mentor.

This sample cover page shows you what information you should give and how you should arrange it. When you prepare your cover page, you will change the words shown in italic type face to the proper information for your team and project.

Carefully check your final report for spelling and typographical errors.

For questions about the Supercomputing Challenge, a 501(c)3 organization, contact us at: consult1516 @

New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge, Inc.
80 Cascabel Street
Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
(505) 667-2864

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