EPIQC informal activities for early ages

EPiQC is an NSF-funded quantum computing research program. As part of their education effort, experts in computer science education and early education have developed activities to introduce children and their families to quantum computing topics. The website of the project says that the activities are designed for a broad range of contexts including libraries, museums, classrooms, and after-school programs.  The activities use inexpensive household materials, like cardboard or jellybeans, and can be adapted for formal classroom settings.  There are free guides for facilitators, which would likely need to be an adult or older teenager. The project has licensed the work under CC 4.0 tested the activity designs with elementary-age children and iterated to ensure age-appropriateness.

The activities introduce the following concepts related to quantum computing:

  • Reversibility
  • Superposition
  • Measurement
  • Classical error detection and correction


The team that created these are Diana Franklin, Liz Lehman, Jen Palmer, Randall H. Landsberg, Danielle Harlow, Devon Christman , Jasmine Marckwordt, Ali Muller.

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