Ideum believes the future of businesses like theirs relies on the curiosity and perseverance of new generations interested in pushing the envelope of human-computer interaction. When the folks from the Supercomputing Challenge approached Ideum requesting that they help host tours for their event, Ideum immediately jumped at the opportunity.
The Challenge has storied beginnings. Back in 1990, it was an avenue to provide high school students with access to supercomputing power for their independent research projects, through hard work and collaboration between organizations such as LANL, Sandia National Laboratories, UNM, Cray Research, and the Santa Fe Institute. Since then, the Challenge has grown to include teams from middle and high schools all over New Mexico.
In addition to showing students their facilities and discussing the process particular to building touch tables and walls with custom software, they discussed pathways to careers in STEM and STEAM. Ideum's diverse team of speakers presented on topics such as developing in 3D environments, problem-solving as a team, industrial design and prototyping, parametric modeling, computer assembly and quality assurance.
Ideum's staff were thrilled to see so many young learners tackling hard problems with math, science and (a lot of) creativity. It’s been a busy month of advocacy and community engagement for Ideum. In addition to hosting the Supercomputing Challenge, they were happy to sponsor both the March for Science Santa Fe and the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Toast to Kim Posich.
More information on the Supercomputing Challenge.