Diversifying Talent in Quantum Computing

The project led by Lukas Chrostowski at the University of British Columbia (UBC), along with academic (SFU, UVic, UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach) and industrial partners (D-Wave Systems, 1QBit and Microsoft) will deliver ready-to-use education kits and curriculum targeting K-12 students; workshops, summer camps, and public forums, including specialized programming for girls and Indigenous students; and teacher training through an online quantum computing resource hub and bi-weekly “Quantum bits” podcast that will host well-known international academics and experts.

The computing kits and curriculum tools will include software that interfaces to the D-Wave quantum processor. The kit will include a teacher’s guide to the concept of quantum computing and its applications, and a basic handbook to enable students to create their own software experiments. All materials will be developed using evidence-based best practices, with content designed for a diverse audience. With Indigenous people underrepresented in STEM careers, the project will also work with Indigenous education leaders to deliver proactive community-based outreach to one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.