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2000-16 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2000

High School Students Compete at Colorado Computational Science Fair; Public Is Invited

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David Hosansky
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Telephone: (303) 497-8611
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E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER -- High schoolers from Colorado and Wyoming will display their abilities and compete for prizes at CCSF 2000, the Colorado Computational Science Fair, on Saturday, April 29, at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. The fair, which is open to the public, is cohosted by Colorado State University (CSU) and NCAR, and funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. Silicon Graphics will provide prizes for winners.

A highlight of the event is the keynote address during the awards ceremony, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Marla Meehl, manager of network engineering for NCAR's Scientific Computing Division (SCD), will preview construction on the information superhighway in her talk, "Abilene and other high-speed networking frontiers."

The 78 competing projects, created by 109 students altogether, were submitted from five high schools (see participant list, attached). Many entries grew out of supercomputing classes offered by teachers who have received training and curriculum support from Adventures in Supercomputing (AiS), a national organization. The program has "opened doors not traditionally open for some and gotten many interested in math, science, and computers when it wasn't what they were considering before," says Dave Zachmann, professor at Colorado State University and Colorado AiS Coordinator. "We would not see such high-quality student projects at CCSF if it weren't for the teacher training," adds Ginger Caldwell, an SCD manager and CCSF coordinator.

Students compete in one of two categories: computational science or information technology. The projects will be on view from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., after which visitors may enjoy box lunches for sale in the NCAR cafeteria and help celebrate the students' achievements at the awards ceremony from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

NCAR's Mesa Laboratory is located at the west end of Table Mesa Drive in south Boulder. From Denver, take the first Boulder exit off U.S. 36 west to Table Mesa Drive. Cross Broadway, and follow Table Mesa Drive 3.5 miles west to the lab. From the north, take either U.S. 36 or Foothills Parkway (Highway C157) south, turn right (west) on Table Mesa Drive, and continue west to the lab.

Students' papers may be viewed on the Web.

NCAR is managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation.

CCSF 2000 Participating Schools and Teacher Contacts

Aspen High School
Aspen, CO 81611
Teacher: Ian Wagner
School Phone: (970) 925-2972

Conifer High School
Conifer, CO 80433
Teacher: Marjorie Ader
School Phone: (303) 982-5255

East High School
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Teacher: Keren Meister-Emerich
School Phone (307) 771-2663, ext. 153

George Washington High School
Denver, CO 80224-1228
Teacher: Kyle Gillette
School Phone: (303) 394-8600

Wheat Ridge High School
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Teachers: Mari Hobkirk & Charles Powell
School Phone: (303) 982-7695

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See also:
Colorado Computational Science Fair
Adventures in Supercomputing

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