By Cathie Dager
Undergraduate faculty and K-12 teachers interested in
learning about computational science and how to integrate it into the
classroom are invited to participate in the SC2003 Education Program,
which is to be held from November 15-18 in Phoenix.
The training program, held in conjunction with SC2003, the
annual conference on high performance computing, offers programs for
teachers and higher education faculty to meet with scientists and
engineers and to explore the application of advanced computing
technologies in classroom activities.
Applications are available at:
deadline is May 26.
Support for travel and housing expenses will be provided
to accepted Education Program applicants, pending funding.
With the support of SC2003, teams of undergraduate faculty
and K-12 teachers from around the country will work on the integration of
modeling and visualization tools into their classroom activities.
Computational scientists will work with these teams to help them identify
appropriate tools to apply to their curriculum.
The educators will adapt existing modules, as well as
develop new curriculum modules for their classroom activities, and publish
their results and experiences on the Web for use by other educators. The
educators will participate in a year-long program of workshops, mentoring
and support to assist them as they apply these new techniques in their
Both computer novices and experienced users will find
topics to suit them at the conference. Workshops will vary from teaching
popular software such as Stella, Excel, and Mathematica, to computational
science tools for specific applications.
Focus on Undergraduate Educators
The organizers of this year’s educational sessions have a
particular focus on undergraduate educators. They are seeking teams of two
to six members consisting of either undergraduate faculty or a combination
of faculty and middle and high school teachers.
Each year, thousands of scientific computing researchers
meet at SC to discuss and share their latest work. And, each year,
hundreds of undergraduate and middle and high school educators participate
in the conference through the Education Program, and by attending the
exhibits, plenary sessions, and special programs offered to all conference
The Education Program encourages the participation of
underrepresented faculty and teachers, including faculty from two- and
four-year colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, and
Computational scientists, educators, and technologists
will work with these teams to aid them in identifying appropriate tools to
apply to their curriculum to support collaborative learning opportunities
for their students.
SC2003 is the leading high performance computing and
networking conference and is sponsored by the Association for Computing
Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society. The SC2003 Education Program is
sponsored by these, by the National Science Foundation, and by many
universities and research laboratories.
The Education Program runs from Nov. 15 through Nov. 18,
although participants are encouraged to stay for the remainder of the week
to participate in the full range of conference offerings.
Other activities at the conference will include a
first-class technical program, student volunteer opportunities, and
‘Student Days,’ aimed at providing undergraduate and graduate students
with information about careers in education, research, and industry.
For more information and a printable brochure, see: