Quantum for Educators

What is Quantum for Educators?

It is a professional development workshop for secondary school science teachers taking place July 29-31, 2024. Quantum for Educators (formerly known as Schrödinger's Class) equips you with the ability to bring quantum science into your classrooms and confidently teach your students about quantum physics, quantum computing, quantum cryptography, and more.

Quantum mechanics is transforming the way we compute and communicate today, and it will change the technological landscape of tomorrow. This workshop will help you prepare your students for the future.

Who should attend this workshop?

This workshop is open to secondary science and technology teachers. The materials are primarily designed for Grade 11 and 12 physics, but interested chemistry, computer science and mathematics teachers are encouraged to apply. Teachers from inside and outside Canada are welcome to apply, but financial support is only available for teachers within Canada.

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Teachers in the laboratory

How are concepts taught and what quantum concepts are covered?

The Quantum for Educators curriculum consists of interactive lectures, teacher networking, and hands-on activities that will help you understand the concepts below and integrate quantum technology into the current curriculum. All workshop content has been developed and will be delivered by quantum experts collaborating with experienced teachers.

Hosted by the Institute for Quantum Computing, which is located at the University of Waterloo, you will learn how to:

  • introduce the concept of wave-particle duality in many complementary ways,

  • introduce quantum superposition using inexpensive light polarizers,

  • discuss emerging quantum technologies and career opportunities,

  • teach a simple quantum computing algorithm, and

  • teach quantum cryptography through a group activity using simple and affordable equipment.

Quantum resources for your classroom

When you complete the workshop, you will leave with:

  • the ability to teach quantum mechanics at the introductory level and beyond;

  • lesson plans and other affordable, ready-to-go activities to take back to your classrooms; and

  • discussion points about how quantum mechanics can transform society.

Travel and expenses

If you teach and are traveling within Canada and live more than 50 km from Waterloo we will book you accommodations. Your transportation expenses can also be reimbursed.

When is it offered?

The workshop will take place July 29-31, 2024. Applications are due Monday, May 13, 2024