Schrödinger's Class

A free in-person workshop will be available December 1 – 3, 2023

Learn how to teach quantum in your high-school class, and gain the tools to do it.

What is Schrodinger’s Class?

It is a professional development workshop for secondary school science teachers that takes place in early December. 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 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.

Learn more about Schrödinger’s Class


Teachers in the laboratory

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, 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 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 typically takes place early December of each year.