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.
"Even if you have never thought about science as a career for yourself, but you like science or do well in your classes or you like math or find problem-solving a fun thing to do...I would totally encourage you to pursue it..."
Dr. Joelle Corrigan, Physicist
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.
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.