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Let's celebrate World Quantum Day 2023!

QuanTime will run for the second time April 14-May 31, 2023. During this time, we hope you will join other classrooms around the country and across the world 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. The activities below are from 2022 and we are still sharing the guides for informational purposes only.

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.

 

Feedback welcome

Activities are co-developed or evaluated by teachers and educational professionals, but are often in the earliest stages of development. Have feedback on QuanTime or an activity? Let us know!

 

Activities and Community Resources from QuanTime 2022

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

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

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

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
  • 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 information/guide
    • Teacher guide
    • This activity is hands on and the information for doing it is available here.

APS Physics Quest Kits in Quantum Information Science

      • 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
      • Link to kits

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 is available now on desktop!

QuantumForAll Resources

        • 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:

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 are running QuanTime again in 2023 for World Quantum Day.