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Schrödinger's Class

Quantum for high school teachers

Gain the ability and tools to teach quantum in your high school science classes.

What is Schrodinger’s Class?

It is a three-day professional development workshop for secondary school science teachers that takes place in late November. It 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.

Currently, applications are closed. Please join out mailing list to stay up to date on Schrodinger's Class and quantum enrichment opportunities for high school students.

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Learn more about Schrödinger’s Class

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How are concepts taught and what quantum concepts are covered?

The Schrödinger’s Class 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,

  • teach a simple quantum computing algorithm,

  • demystify quantum entanglement,

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

  • build a laser-based quantum cryptography demonstration.

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.

How to apply?

Currently, applications are closed. Applications will open in July and you will have until early October to apply. Successful applicants will be notified a week after the application deadline.

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When is it offered?

The workshop typically takes place late November of each year.

Who should attend this quantum workshop?

This workshop is open to science and technology teachers, with preference given to Grade 11 and 12 physics and chemistry teachers. Teachers from inside and outside Canada are welcome to apply, though space for international applicants is limited.

What does it cost?

There is no cost for this workshop. A $100 deposit is required to secure your spot, which will be refunded after you complete the workshop.

If you live more than 50 km from Waterloo, at no cost to you, we will:

  • book your accommodations and cover your hotel, and
  • cover your travel costs (up to the price of an economy flight if you need to fly).

For those travelling further and need a travel day on Thursday and/or Monday, a teacher release subsidy can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.