Quantum School for Young Students

Quantum for high school students

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Discover how mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and more combine into one of the most exciting topics in modern science – quantum information – at the Quantum School for Young Students (QSYS).

Please check our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to some common questions, and find contact information for any further questions you may have.

What is QSYS?

QSYS is a unique enrichment program for high-school students that offers a blend of expert lectures, group discussions, problem solving, mentoring, and networking with world-leading quantum researchers. QSYS 2024 will take place online from August 12-23, 2024

Join hundreds of motivated students to explore the quantum future! Over 200 students will be invited to QSYS 2024. At QSYS, you will:

  • see how the world works at the quantum level;
  • understand phenomenon like quantum superposition and entanglement;  
  • learn how quantum technology will transform computing, imaging and cryptography; and
  • make long-lasting friendships
A male student and two female students exploring quantum mechanics using tweasers, a microchip and petri dish

What do you do at QSYS?

The Quantum School for Young Students (formerly the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students) will provide you with the necessary mathematical background to tackle some of the largest topics in modern physics. You bring your scientific curiosity and love of learning, and we'll show you how to use mathematical tools to explore. Interested in getting a head start? Download the free QSYS quantum primer and begin building your linear algebra and arithmetic skills, as well as your understanding of quantum mechanics.

During the program, you will learn about:

  • complex numbers
  • entanglement
  • experimental physics
  • linear algebra
  • quantum computing and algorithms
  • quantum cryptography
  • quantum mechanics, and
  • quantum optics.

Who can apply for QSYS?

You are an ideal candidate, if you are:

  • a Grade 11 or 12 student in Canada  (e.g., Secondary V and CÉGEP in Québec),
  • curious and interested in exploring scientific concepts, 
  • have enrolled in or completed Grade 11 mathematics (Grade 11 physics is recommended), and
  • fluent in English.

Experience with quantum physics is not required, just curiosity and interest in exploring new scientific concepts. Exceptional Grade 10 students may be accepted, space permitting.

Due to high demand, we are only able to offer admission to the live sessions to students within Canada. If you are interested in the QSYS materials and reside outside of Canada, please fill out the online form to receive recordings and materials from QSYS 2024 after it concludes.

What does it cost?

There is no registration fee for QSYS 2024. 

When is it offered?

QSYS 2024’s live virtual sessions will take place August 12-23, 2024, Monday-Friday from 1-3pm Eastern Time.  

Where is it offered?

QSYS 2024 will be hosted online and can be accessed from anywhere in Canada. Successful applicants will need to ensure they have a reliable internet connection. 

How to apply?

  • Applications require one reference letter and a written discussion paper.
  • Apply before June 7, 2024

Have more questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Highlights from previous QSYS (QCSYS) programs

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