QuanTime

 

Let's celebrate World Quantum Day!

QuanTime is running April 11-May 31, 2022. During this time, we hope you will join other classrooms around the country in trying out a quantum activity. The activities we are sharing have been designed for K-12 and are a fun way to introduce middle and high school students to quantum information science.  You can choose between online and hands-on activities. No teacher expertise in quantum science is required. Teacher facilitation guides and student links are available below. Register to let us know your interest and so we can add you to our map!

Registration for QuanTime is Open!

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.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Looking for more? Want to add your activity to the mix? This is just the beginning! We are starting with a few teacher-tested activities and plan to add more quantum activities.

Qupcakes: Quantum computing game

  • Grades 6-8
  • This activity introduces students to some of the basic ideas used in a quantum computer. In it, the player uses boxes that represent quantum operations to serve up some delicious qupcakes to hungry customers.
  • This is an online game that runs in browsers.
  • Activity designed by educational research groups at U. Chicago and UCSB, supported by NSF.
  • Teacher guide
  • Preview activity here
  • Student link

Wonders of Quantum Physics: Electronic Transitions

  • Grades 7-12
  • This activity introduces students to the way that light interacts with electrons inside of an object. It also covers light and its dual personality as a wave and particle. These concepts are essential to certain quantum technologies. 
  • Kits will be mailed to teachers in early April (limited supply).
  • Activity designed by outreach experts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, supported by NSF.
  • Teacher guide
  • Preview activity here
  • This activity is hands-on. Instructions are available via the link. 

Queue Bits: Quantum fundamentals game

  • Grades 9-12
  • This activity explores the relationship between superposition, probability, and quantum measurement, which are concepts critical to quantum technologies. The game is modeled after Connect Four.
  • This is an online game that runs in browsers. Groups of two will do four rounds of Queue Bits play. 
  • Activity designed by educational researchers at U. Chicago and UCSB, partially supported by NSF.
  • Teacher guide
  • Preview the activity here
  • Student link
Image Credit: Project design team at Google
Image Credit: Project design team at Google

Quantum Chess Puzzles: Quantum fundamentals game

  • Grades 9-12
  • This activity introduces students to basic probability, quantum measurement, superposition, and entanglement, as well as the difference between modern and quantum computing. These concepts are essential to many quantum technologies. 
  • This is an online game that runs in browsers. No prior chess knowledge needed.
  • Activity designed by outreach experts, education professionals, and game developers at Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Google's Quantum AI Lab, Quantum Realm Games, and Western Illinois University. The project is partially supported by NSF.
  • Teacher information
  • Preview the activity here
  • Student link

Zeros and Ones: Quantum fundamentals game

  • Grades 9-12
  • This activity introduces students to probability, superposition, quantum measurement, and entanglement, as well as elements of quantum computing. These concepts are essential to many quantum technologies.
  • This is an activity that combines a classroom-wide game with a series of animations that facilitate the intro and setup of the game, as well as its connection to quantum concepts. The game itself requires only pen and paper.
  • Activity designed by outreach experts, education professionals, and game developers at Caltech's Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Google's Quantum AI Lab, and Western Illinois University. The project is partially supported by NSF.
  • Teacher guide
  • Preview the activity here
  • This activity is hands on and the information for doing it is available here.

Sign up for QuanTime now!

 
Frequently Asked Questions
  1.  Do I need a gmail account to do QuanTime?
    • No! This is not required. Please reach out to ask.quantime@gmail.com 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 identifying information with anyone.
    • For teachers signing up Wonders of Quantum Physics, 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 activities guides live for teachers on March 30, 2022.  QuanTime is scheduled for April 11, 2022.

More Ways to Introduce QISE to K-12 Students

We are excited to share other community and partner resources for introducing quantum information science to K-12 students. Below, we list activities that didn't participate in the Fall QuanTime pilot, but could be done in a classroom period. We note which activities are in an early testing (beta) stage or if they have been tested out/collaboratively designed by teachers. We will continue to add to this list as more age-appropriate informal or formal activities come out.

 

The Qubit Game

  • This activity is a beta-version--meaning it is fully ready to play, for free online, but has not yet been tested by teachers in the classroom. There is a way for teachers to give feedback through the game site.
  • Grades 5-12
  • Description from design team: The Qubit Game is a playful journey to building a quantum computer, one qubit at a time, while solving challenges that quantum engineers face in their daily work. If you succeed, you’ll discover new upgrades for your in-game quantum computer, complete big research projects, and hopefully become a little more curious about how quantum computers are built at Google Quantum AI.
  • Game will be available starting April 14.

The Qubit Game

APS PhysicsQuest Kits

  • This year's quantum kits are the latest in a series of classroom physics kits created by the American Physical Society. They have been co-designed with teachers. Kits are available for download online at present.
  • Grades 9-12
  • Description from design team: Discover the wonderful world of Quantum Mechanics and learn about the incredible life and work of Dr. Deborah Jin, a quantum scientist who used lasers and magnets to cool down atoms and make new states of matter. Through the four activities, students will have the opportunity to learn about creating models, the behavior of light, and how the strange world of atoms can be harnessed to create a new type of computer.
  • Teacher’s manual and a student manual with extension activities included.

PhysicsQuest Kits 2022

QuantumForAll Lessons

  • QuantumForAll provides teacher professional development and curricular resources for quantum concepts. The project, partially supported by NSF, iterates on materials working with teacher cohorts. Some of the activities were developed for workshops at NSTA 2022 National Conference. Feedback is encouraged through the site.
  • Grades 4-12
  • Resources can be accessed in two ways:

QuantumForAll site

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 2022 activities were tested by teachers during a classroom pilot phase or other evaluation in 2021. We expect to add more vetted activities during the upcoming year.

This Year's QuanTime activities are from designers at University of Chicago and UC Santa Barbara, University of Wisconsin Madison, and a collaboration between Google, Quantum Realm Games, and Caltech. In addition, to these activities, we are providing information on other packaged kits on quantum information science, noting which are in the early stages, along with other resources as they become available throughout April and May.