Growing the Quantum Workforce.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation are launching a partnership between the Federal government, industry, professional societies and the education community that will expand access to K-12 quantum learning tools and inspire the next generation of quantum leaders.
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.
12/23/2020 | funding-opportunity
NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advancing Quantum Education and Workforce Development
NSF releases a Dear Colleague Letter on Quantum Education and Workforce Development, encouraging submissions in these areas to EHR programs.
12/7/2020 | general-announcement
National Q-12 Education Partnership Kickoff
On October 7, 2020 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, the National Q-12 Education Partnership, in coordination with the White Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, held its kick-off meeting. More information https://q12education.org/q12kickoff
8/5/2020 | general-announcement
NSF Announces Partnership for Quantum Education
The U.S. National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are spearheading the National Q-12 Education Partnership with industry and academia to provide training and tools to students ready to become the future quantum workforce. This initiative expands quantum education to students in middle and high school across the country. Full story https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/announcements/080520.jsp
5/13/2020 | general-announcement
Key QIS Concepts for Early Learners Workshop
On behalf of the Interagency Working Group on Workforce, Industry and Infrastructure, under the NSTC Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science (QIS), the National Science Foundation invited 25 researchers and educators to come together to deliberate on defining a core set of key concepts for future QIS learners that could provide a starting point for further curricular and educator development activities. More information https://qis-learners.research.illinois.edu/about/
Making Connections across QIS Education for Workforce Development
Self-guided Learning Tools
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 tools from members of the National Q-12 Education Partnership and the broader QIS education community, such as games, videos, zines, and interactive learning experiences. In addition, companies from the partnership have also committed to providing resources, such as access to early-stage software for programming quantum computers over the cloud.
Education professionals are designing K-12 and early collegiate modules for introducing QIS and related topics in a variety of contexts, many of which could be integrated into mathematics, physics, and computer science courses. Professional societies offer materials, such as APS's PhysicsQuest kits for middle school classrooms and OSA's Optics for Kids, which introduces optics and the science of light. Our site will highlight course materials in quantum information science, as well as background information for educators to support them as they integrate modules into their classrooms, whether online or in person. We will also organize workshops to bring the community together, expand upon the Key Concepts, help identify what's missing in QIS education, and further develop material.
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. This program and partnership 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.