Quantum Education for Students and Teachers at IQC by John Donohue

John Donohue, Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach, Institute for Quantum Computing

IEEE Quantum Education Online Meeting January 27, 2021 10:25 AM EST

As quantum technology becomes more mainstream, it’s essential to introduce students to quantum mechanics at an earlier age. When building educational quantum programs, it’s important that they are accessible and accurate, and designed with real-world limitations in mind. In this talk, I’ll discuss efforts by the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) over the past ten years to develop summer schools and resources for students and teachers, including the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS), the Undergraduate School on Experimental Quantum Information Processing (USEQIP), and the teacher-oriented Schrödinger’s Class. We will also discuss lessons learned from adapting these in-person workshops to online formats during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Donohue is the Senior Manager of Scientific Outreach at the Institute for Quantum Computing, a multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Waterloo. His role is to take research out of the labs and off the whiteboards, bringing it to educational and public spaces to increase quantum awareness and help spark the next generation of quantum researchers. John has a research background in quantum and ultrafast photonics at the University of Waterloo and Paderborn University.