“I kind of want to learn more about it (supercomputers) because the fact that you made something so serious into a comic makes it more interesting.” – Focus group participant (10 years)
Outreach comic about supercomputers and space weather
Finding Floptopia was a collaborative project commissioned by the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). The comic showcases the Vlasiator project by Minna Palmroth and her team, which uses supercomputing to predict space weather. The comic follows Skye on their journey to understand how space weather affects radio transmissions and whether supercomputers could be used to find new planets. During creation, the comic was reviewed by a focus group of 9-12 year olds.