Like Team South Africa, the team from Costa Rica is representing an entire continent. Well, okay, technically some may contend that Costa Rica is actually located in Central America. But if you move them just a little way down on the map, they’d be in South America and thus give me the ability to proclaim that this is the first team to ever represent South America (including the central bits too). In the video, we meet the team and talk about their cluster experience so far.
This is the second competition for the Costa Rica Institute of Technology team. Their first foray into international competition was at SC11 in Seattle. It was ill-fated; the team lost their hardware sponsor at the last minute, which put them behind the rest of the field right from the start. This year is different.
The Rainforest Eagles 2.0 (as they’re known in the cluster community) are sponsored by the HPC Advisory Council, who provided the equipment they’re using in Leipzig. So far it’s been smooth running for Costa Rica, which is quite a change from what we saw in 2011.
Both Team Costa Rica and the team from South Africa are on the leading edge of a revolution in technology education in their respective countries. In fact, these teams were formed in hopes that the competition would attract more current and new students to technology courses and careers. According to team coaches and advisors, participating in the cluster competitions has really helped highlight the quality of their programs and students. It has also helped the schools forge stronger relationships with vendors and employers in their regions.
Check out the video to get a closer look at this team and learn about their cluster experience so far.