Launched by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, Q-12 is a consortium that will expand access to K-12 quantum learning tools and inspire the next generation of quantum leaders.
About QISE Education
Quantum education at the K-12 levels is just getting started. Currently, the Q-12 community is focused on developing both informal and formal learning opportunities for teachers, students, and families. That encompasses new lessons, events, free access to quantum technologies, and information about careers. This site will provide information on educational resources and careers in this exciting area of STEM.
We want learners to have direct access to online quantum education opportunities. We will collect, link to, and collaboratively support the creation of new digital learning tools, and help these critical elements make their way into learning spaces. This includes games, videos, zines, and interactive learning experiences. In addition, companies from the partnership have committed to providing resources, such as access to early-stage software for programming quantum computers over the cloud.
Education professionals are designing modules for introducing QIS in a variety of contexts, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science courses. Professional societies offer materials, such as APS’s PhysicsQuest kits for middle school classrooms and OSA’s Optics for Kids. This site will highlight course materials in QIS, as well as background information for educators to support them as they integrate modules into their classrooms. We will also organize the development of a QIS K-12 framework to help guide curriculum developers.
Are you interested in learning more about what quantum information scientists really do? QIS scientists make critical contributions working in companies, professional societies, academia, and government. We will provide information on pathways towards the many different careers in QIS. We will also help connect potential speakers and mentors from the current QIS workforce with educators and schools.
Opportunities for the public to engage in QIS are popping up around the nation. We will post internship opportunities and outreach events as they become available to the community. We will also work with the community to help make connections between students, student mentors, educators and future employers.
News and Announcements
Q-12 happenings for World Quantum Day 2023
April 14, 2023 marks the second official World Quantum Day. This year there is so much activity initiated by Q-12 partners and collaborators. We cannot possibly capture it in a single post! The official World Quantum Day website...
APS + Q-12 launch program to connect quantum professionals to classrooms in 2023
The Quantum To-Go program goal is to match scientists, engineers, and professionals in the field of Quantum Science, Engineering, and Technology with classrooms across the country to introduce the importance of quantum science and technologies and increase student...
World Quantum Day is coming!
World Quantum Day is on April 14, 2022. This is a worldwide celebration of all things related to quantum science. The main website for this is https://worldquantumday.org. Organizations across the US have initiated efforts for...
Who we are
The National Q-12 Education Partnership includes tech companies, scientific professional societies, academics, and the NSF-funded Q2Work Program. Together, we aim to support and grow a quantum workforce that is diverse and equitable, such that the QIS innovators of tomorrow can make discoveries, invent new technologies and drive societal change. We want to increase opportunities, access, and quality of age-appropriate QIS educational experiences for students from all backgrounds.