QIS Education Workshop: Effecting Systemic Change in QIS Education
This workshop is by invitation and will be held on Feb. 24 at 12:30-4:00 pm Eastern Time/11:30-3:00 pm Central Time. The program is primarily aimed at people working on designing, implementing, and/or scaling quantum education programs. At this time we have closed the RSVP form, but if you are interested in the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
|12:30 pm - 12:40 pm EST (11:30 am - 11:40 am CST)||
Diana Franklin, Associate Professor in Computer Science, U. Chicago
Charles Tahan, Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science, Director, National Quantum Coordination Office, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Tomasz Durakiewicz, Program Director, Condensed Matter Physics Program, Division of Materials Research, National Science Foundation
Wu He, Program Director, Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings in the Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation
|12:45 pm - 1:30 pm EST (11:45 am - 12:30 pm CST)||
Effecting Change in K-12 Computer Science Instruction. Panelists will summarize examples/methods of how computer science has been introduced into the classroom in the context of curriculum, incentives/policies, institutional support, and community.
Moderator: Diana Franklin
Pat Yongpradit email@example.com, Code.org
Pat Yongpradit is the Chief Academic Officer for Code.org, a non-profit dedicated to promoting computer science education. As a national voice on K-12 computer science education, his passion is to bring computer science opportunities to every school and student. During his career as a high school computer science teacher, he inspired students to create mobile games and apps for social causes and implemented initiatives to broaden participation in computer science among underrepresented groups. He has been featured in the book, “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom”, has been recognized as a Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Educator, and is certified in biology, physics, math, health, and technology education. Although Pat currently spends more time focused on computer science from a national perspective, he still finds ways to sneak into the classroom.
Debra Richardson firstname.lastname@example.org, UC Irvine
Prof. Debra Richardson was the founding Dean of the UCI Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences at UC Irvine. Her main research area is software engineering. The use of information and communication technology (ICT) has produced profound advances — yet it has also contributed to the exploitation of our planet’s natural resources. Her goal is to change how systems are created, encouraging developers to think about ways in which they might make users’ behavior more sustainable. She was also the founding leader of ACCESS, an organization to bring computer science to all California schools.
Helen Hu, email@example.com, Westminster College
Prof. Helen Hu is a professor at Westminster College in Utah. Her research agenda explores increasing diversity in computer science by improving educational techniques. In particular, she is a leader in creating and studying the POGIL pedagogical approach modified for computer science instruction. Dr. Hu led the Utah Exploring Computer Science Initiative, which quadrupled the number of CS teachers in the state in four years. She is currently supporting local high school teachers by sending college CS students into their classrooms and helping elementary school teachers integrate CS in their science curriculum. She serves on the Utah Board of Education Computer Science Advisory Committee and the College Board AP Computer Science A Development Committee.
Chinma Uche, firstname.lastname@example.org, CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering
Patrick O'Steen, Patrick.OSteen@microsoft.com, Microsoft TEALS program
Patrick graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in Mathematics-Physics and received a Master's in Secondary Science Education from George Washington University before going to work with D.C. Public Schools as a high school physics and engineering teacher for 7 years (Woodrow Wilson High School). During his time there he also coached cross-country, track & field, and FIRST robotics. Patrick moved to Seattle and joined the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program in 2015, working to ensure all high school students have equitable access to inclusive computer science education. He is currently the TEALS regional lead for the West region, focusing on supporting high schools and TEALS volunteers across the Western U.S. and BC, Canada.
|1:30 pm - 2:15 pm EST (12:30 pm - 1:15 pm CST)||
QIS Education at the K-12 level. Panelists will share the status of their current programs that introduce QIS to K-12 students and teachers.
Moderator: Chandralekha Singh, Professor of Physics, U. Pittsburgh
Karen Jo Matsler email@example.com, University of Texas Arlington
Karen Jo Matsler is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Arlington and currently supervises the UTeach STEM Clinical Teachers. She has been in education for over 35 years, mostly as a high school physics teacher, but has also taught middle school science and served as a K-12 science coordinator. Matsler is the founder of STEM Experts and currently Principal Investigator for the NSF funded project, Quantum for All https://quantumforall.org/. She has received numerous awards for her service and educational expertise in STEM curriculum development, program evaluation, and K-12 professional development/certification
James Whitfield, James.D.Whitfield@dartmouth.edu, QBraid / Dartmouth College,
James Daniel Whitfield is an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth College. He is a pioneer in the application of quantum computing to quantum chemistry problems. In 2011, he received a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and has held visiting appointments at top institutions around the world. He currently serves on the advisory boards of Zapata Computing, of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, and of the Qubit x Qubit Coding School. Dr. Whitfield is a co-founder and chief scientific advisor at qBraid.com.
Abe Asfaw, firstname.lastname@example.org, IBM
Dr. Abe Asfaw leads a global education and open science advocacy mission for IBM Quantum, where he has contributed to industry-leading science communication efforts to help democratize the field of quantum computing such as the Qiskit Global Summer School, the Coding with Qiskit YouTube series, the Qiskit Open Source Textbook, and the IBM Quantum Challenge. His work focuses on building curriculum, software, educational materials, and interactive content that allow students and developers to leverage quantum computers over the cloud. Abe’s goal is to build diverse quantum communities all over the world, including his home country of Ethiopia, through open access to IBM’s real quantum systems. Beyond IBM Quantum, Abe has contributed to the development of quantum education at the US national level by participating in several National Quantum Initiative efforts, such as the National Science Foundation's Key Concepts for Future Quantum Information Science Learners and the Q2Work Education Initiative. Abe obtained his Ph.D. at Princeton University focusing on experimental quantum computation, focusing on using electron spins as qubits in silicon and on the surface of superfluid helium.
|2:15 pm - 2:30 pm EST (1:15 pm - 1:30 pm CST)||
|2:30 pm - 2:50 pm EST (1:30 pm - 1:50 pm CST)||
Overview on education programs for breakout groups
|2:50 pm - 3:30 pm EST (1:50 pm - 2:30 pm CST)||
40-minute breakout groups for discussing attendee existing programs and brainstorming ideas for new programs/processes/team-building
Proposal/program development/design for new ideas or expanding/scaling piloted projects
Teaching strategies and resources for QIS
Coordinating/connecting/expanding programs and people across the QIS education community
|3:30 pm - 3:50 pm EST (2:30 pm - 2:50 pm CST)||
Readout, group discussion, and Q&A
|3:50 pm - 4:00 pm EST (2:50 pm - 3:00 pm CST)||
Emily Edwards is the Managing Director of the Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland and research experience in atomic physics and quantum information. Previously, Edwards was the Director of Communications and Outreach at the Joint Quantum Institute and has 9 years experience in science communications and public engagement. In addition to co-leading the development of the QIS Key Concepts in 2020, she is co-leading the NSF-funded Q2Work program, which is a member of the National Q-12 Education Partnership. She also co-leads an NSF AISL project to develop an online multimedia glossary of quantum physics terms called, "The Quantum Atlas."
Diana Franklin is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. She leads five projects involving computer science education involving students ranging from 3rd grade through university. She is the lead PI for quantum computing education for EPIQC, an NSF expedition in computing. Her research agenda explores ways to create curriculum and computing environments in ways that reach a broad audience. She is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, NCWIT Faculty Undergraduate Mentoring Award, four teaching awards, and three best paper awards. She currently co-leads the Q12 Partnership and the Q2Work initiative to magnify and organize K-12 QIS Education efforts.
Chandralekha Singh is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Founding Director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center (dB-SERC) at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently the Past President of the American Association of Physics Teachers. She obtained her BS and MS degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and her Ph.D. in theoretical condensed matter physics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, before joining the University of Pittsburgh. She has been conducting research in physics education for more than two decades. She co-led the US team to the International Conference on Women in Physics in Birmingham UK in 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Association of Physics Teacher.