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Let's celebrate World Quantum Day 2024!

QuanTime will run for the second time April 8-June 15, 2024. 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.

What is QuanTime and how can my organization participate?

The 3rd annual QuanTime event will take place in the classroom or in afterschool programs but requires no educator expertise in quantum science.  A major goal of QuanTime is to promote quantum awareness and engagement for K-12 learners and educators nationwide. Our goal in 2023 is to offer educators 10+ activities spanning multiple age groups. 

To ensure quality, continued engagement and sustainability, submitted activities will be reviewed by a committee with expertise in developing and deploying such activities or similar programs. The activities will be screened for age appropriateness and adherence to criteria. 

Ways your organization or team can participate:

  • Design a QuanTime activity
  • Design supporting content, such as videos, to build excitement around QISE 
  • Facilitate dissemination and promotion of QuanTime
  • Sponsor QuanTime activity (e.g., materials purchase, distribution, or dissemination)
  • Help organize Q&A sessions to walk educators through activities and answer questions about QISE

When: Kicking off the week before World Quantum Day, April 14, 2024

Where: K-12 classroom during the school day and after-school programs

Dissemination: q12education.org will have a sign-up with links to activities and information during Spring 2023. We will have a social media campaign to promote the event and also share it through professional teacher societies. Prior to the event, we will work with partners to produce video content for QISE that promotes quantum learning and future careers.

Submitting an activity: email emily.edwards@duke.edu

Criteria for Activities

Technical requirements:

  • Activity submission must specify grade groups 
  • Activities must be co-developed with K-12 teacher(s) or K-12 curriculum experts and/or have been evaluated by teachers or K-12 curriculum experts
  • Activities cannot require teacher expertise/knowledge in QISE in order to facilitate student participation
  • Activities must be free if they are not in the DIY category: No teacher/school purchase of materials required. If materials must be mailed, teachers can sign up through QuanTime. If shipping internationally is not possible, this must be specified in the activity description. Activities that use materials that are typical household items (e.g., recycled materials) may be suitable. Organizations may require teachers to pay shipping.
  • Activities should flexibly take between 45 minutes and 60 minutes to fit in one classroom period
  • Activities can be online or in-person hands-on
  • If online, the activity must work in a browser in all categories but DIY QuanTime (no downloads since most schools do not allow downloads or installations). Check that activity is compatible with different browsers or computer setups.


Content requirements:

  • Must include information on how the activity relates to a QISE pillar (e.g., communications, networking, computing, sensing, simulation)
  • Must assume a general level of knowledge that 80% of children of the target age group would have.
  • Activities must be culturally sensitive, and avoid references to topics that marginalized groups would be unfamiliar with. Activities that are designed to be culturally responsive are highly encouraged
  • A short informational video should accompany a QuanTime activity to provide set-up instructions and contextualize the quantum concepts being illustrated by the activity within the field of quantum information science and engineering
Additional Design Considerations for Engaging Activities
  • Include career-related content that connects educators, students, and families to pathways and professionals working in QISE
  • If the activity has connections to NGSS, other standards, or curricula, include that information. The QIS K-12 Framework may be useful in this context.
  • If the activity has connections to topics of interest or impact to society (e.g., space, semiconductors), include that information
  • Include a mechanism for educators to provide feedback after the activity has been used

1. Can I repackage a current activity that was for another event for QuanTime?

Yes! But it must follow the criteria above. For example, a quantum game could be very appealing but would need to fit into the time slot, and have accompanying video and instructions that students/facilitators/teachers can use. Sites and activities that are more “choose your own adventure,” free exploration or tutorials are not suitable out of the box for QuanTime. 


2. My organization wants to participate but doesn’t have in-house quantum expertise. How can we get involved?

We would love to have you participate. You can sponsor an activity, partner with another organization, or help disseminate QuanTime through your networks. You can also reach out to our team with questions or ideas. 

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.