K-12 Diversifying Talent in Quantum Computing

The project led by¬†Lukas Chrostowski at the University of British Columbia (UBC), along with co-investment from the Canadian Digital Technology Supercluster, academic (UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach) and industrial partners (D-Wave Systems, 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.