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World quantum day is april 14th - Let's celebratE!

 QuanTime runs April 8th – June 15th, 2024. 

We hope you will join other classrooms around the country and across the world in dedicating one class period to a quantum activity. The activities shared here are designed for K-12 learners and are a fun, easy way to introduce quantum information science. You can choose between online and hands-on activities, with no teacher expertise in quantum science required! (Registration for kits is has ended, but you can still participate with activities list below)

Where is QuanTime happening in 2024?

Students and teachers everywhere need access to quantum activities. Register to try out an activity this spring, and we will add your town to the map! Didn’t register? No problem. Just send us a message that you participated and we will add your location to the map.

Made to fit

QuanTime activities each take 45-60 minutes so that they can be completed within a single class period.

Engaging

Activities are designed to be a fun way for teachers and students to play around with quantum concepts. Teacher and student guides provided.

 

How can you do QuanTime?

1. Pick a quantum activity from the list below. This year there are print-outs, hands-on options, and online activities.

Activities are categorized based on the facilitator effort, logistics, and/or technical difficulty that is required.

  • ENTRY LEVEL activities are intended for novice facilitators and/or younger students (designated by green background).
  • INTERMEDIATE activities require a medium level of set-up, logistics, and include more technically difficult content (designated by blue background)
  • ADVANCED activities are intended for high school students, requires more background knowledge, and includes more technical learning goals (designated by purple background).

2. Registration is closed – but you can still participate in QuanTime! Links to the activities and guides will be posted here during the event.

3. Once you receive the activity guide, let us know if you have questions on how to use it. Otherwise, pick a class period or time that works for your schedule to hold QuanTime.

4. Share your experience with us so we can make improvements! We would love to hear how it goes!

Hands-on Kits

A limited Number of Free Kits are Available (US only). Materials are re-usable for many students/classrooms and in some cases are adaptable to different activities.

Art & Polarization

(Sold out)

Light is Crazy

Light is Crazy (4-8)

Quantum Art (9-12)

(Sold out)

Measurement and Observation (Quantum for All)

Measurement and Observations

  • Developed by EPIQC / modified by Quantum For All
  • Funded via NSF support to EPIQC & QFA.
  • Grades 4-8
  • Traditional measurements do not change what is being measured, but this is not true in the quantum world. Explore measurement & observation, as well as constructive & destructive measurements with candy.
  • Link to Teacher Guide

 Electron Transitions (Sold out)

Particle or Wave?

  • Developed by Quantum For All
  • Funded by NSF support of QFA
  • Grades 9-12
  • This lesson uses pencils, LEDs and other tools to help students understand how light behaves both as a particle and a wave.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
Diffraction is Elementary QforAll

What do you see? (4-8)

Atomic Rainbows (9-12)

Photoelectric Effect

  • Developed by Fermilab
  • Grades 7-12
  • Using commonly found household materials, create an electroscope and directly observe the particle nature of light through the photoelectric effect.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to Student Guide

Wave-Particle Duality

Online Activities

Qupcakery

  • Developed by Quander, a collaboration between UChicago, UCSB, and UIUC
  • Funded by NSF Award #2115780
  • Grades 6-12
  • Explore the concepts behind quantum computing and the power of quantum operations by serving delicious qupcakes to hungry customers.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to Quander games

 TwinTanglement

  • Developed by Quander, a collaboration between UChicago, UCSB, and UIUC
  • Funded by NSF Award #2115780
  • Grades 6-12
  • Explore the concepts of correlation and entanglement by helping twin characters navigate through a maze to reach their goal.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to Quander games

The Qubit Game

  • Developed by Google Quantum AI
  • Grades 5-12
  • Build your own quantum computer one qubit at a time while solving challenges that quantum engineers face in their daily work.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to The Qubit Game

Queue Bits

  • Developed by Quander, a collaboration between UChicago, UCSB, and UIUC
  • Funded by NSF Award #2115780
  • Grades 6-12
  • Explore the relationship between superposition, probability, and quantum measurement in this fun, quantum version of Connect Four. 
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to Quander games
Qupcakery and Tangle's Lair

Qupcakery +

Tangle’s Lair

  • Developed by Quander, a collaboration between UChicago, UCSB, and UIUC
  • Funded by NSF Award #2115780
  • Grades 6-12
  • Explore the concepts behind quantum computing and the power of quantum operations by a combination of qupcakes and kitty boxes.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to Quander Games

Quantum Chess Puzzles

Printable Activities

Quantum Code Crunchers

  • Developed by NASA SCaN
  • Grades 3-6
  • NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) aims to use quantum communications to securely send and receive space data. Complete the Quantum Code Crunchers activity to help NASA SCaN crack the hidden code!
  • Link to activity materials 

Zeros & Ones

  • Developed by Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Google Quantum AI, Quantum Realm Games, and Western Illinois University
  • Funded in part by NSF
  • Grades 9-12
  • Explore limitations of classical physics and advantages of QIS as an analytic tool with this quantum Magic Square game. 
  • Link to Teacher Guide
Save Schrödinger’s Cat

Save Schrödinger’s Cat

(APS PhysicsQuest)

  • Developed by American Physical Society
  • Grades 9-12
  •  In this board game students play the role of the programmer building logic circuits to keep our cat awake.
  • Link to activity materials
Quantum Circuits game

Quantum Circuits Game

(APS PhysicsQuest)

  • Developed by American Physical Society
  • Grades 9-12
  • Students design and analyze quantum circuits in this game.
  • Link to activity materials

DIY QuanTime

Home or classroom activities & guides. These are vetted by educators. Supplies are not provided through QuanTime.

Quantum Jewels:

Crafting Colorful Diamonds with Marshmallows

  • Developed by UW–Madison’s Wonders of Quantum Physics program
  • Funded by NSF QLCI HQAN
  • Grades 7-12
  • Imperfections give crystals color and have applications in quantum sensing, computing, and communication. Construct crystal structures with marshmallows and make them glow with colorful marshmallows.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
Quantum Cats<br />

Quantum Cats

  • Developed by The Games Institute and The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo
  • All ages
  • Learn about quantum physics through an interactive and fun game. Students will be exposed to concepts such as: superposition, quantum tunneling, and uncertainty.
  • Unfortunately, Quantum Cats is unavailable due to technical difficulties.

Exploring Spectra

  • Developed by UW–Madison’s Wonders of Quantum Physics program
  • Funded by NSF QLCI HQAN
  • Grades 7-12
  • Explore the wave nature of light by observing the spectra of different light sources.
  • Materials for this activity are similar to Diffraction activity in Kit section
  • Link to Teacher Guide
  • Link to Student Guide
Mystery Tube

Mystery Tube

(APS PhysicsQuest)

  • Developed by American Physical Society
  • Grades 9-12
  • Learn how to build scientific models based on observations, realize that different models can explain the same observations, and refine your models based on new data.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
Measuring the Width of Your Hair

Interference & Measurement: Measuring the Width of Your Hair

  • Developed by University of Waterloo, Institute for Quantum Computing 
  • Grades 6-12
  • In this hands-on activity, you will use light-wave interference to infer the width of your hair and connect to how many quantum sensors work.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
Glowing Paper

Glowing Paper

  • Developed by IMOD, University of Washington
  • Supported by NSF
  • Observe and compare the effects of different sources of light using glowing vinyl. This is connected to the energy need to excite electrons and/or downconversion of light.
  • Link to Activity Materials
Quantum Cats<br />

Playing with Polarizers

  • Developed by IMOD, University of Washington
  • Supported by NSF
  • Compare the effects of a polarizer on light with the effects of tinted film and model what causes those differences. Explore and model how light moves through a combination of polarizers.
  • Link to Activity Materials

Intel Future Skills:

Game of Chance

  • Developed by Intel
  • Grades 9-12
  • Get hands-on with probability by building a device of chance that sorts round beads into a bell curve.
  • Link to Teacher Guide
Wave-Particle Duality PhysicsQuest

Wave-Particle Duality

(APS PhysicsQuest)

  • Developed by American Physical Society
  • Grades 9-12
  • For many years, there were different theories, and physicists designed many experiments to test the different hypotheses. Follow in their footsteps to answer these questions yourself!
  • Link to Activity Materials

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a gmail account to do QuanTime?

No! This is not required. Please reach out to us if you cannot access the form and we can help. 

2. Why are you asking me to register?

Registration will help us know about interest and participation in this event so that we can support it with more activities in future years.

Registering your class will help us generate a map showing all the geographic locations participating in QuanTime.

3. How is my registration information used?

We will only use it to generate a map, and to know how many classes are signed up. We will not share any emails with anyone. We will ask you if you want to receive information in the future about quantum education.

For teachers signing up physical kits, we will ask for your address to mail the kit. We will not ask your address for the other activities.

4. When will the activities be live for viewing?

We will make the new activities live for viewing on April 8, 2024.

About QuanTime

The organization of QuanTime is supported under the NSF-funded program Q2Work and was designed in response to an increase in requests for informal quantum educational activities packaged for K-12, such as the APS PhysicsQuest Kits. The inaugural QuanTime took place in celebration of World Quantum Day 2022.