Education and Training

K-12 Opportunities

As quantum information science and engineering (QISE) research and technology progresses, several initiatives are underway to introduce future scientists and engineers to this exciting field through outreach, education, and internships.


The multi-institutional Enabling Practical-scale Quantum Computing (EPiQC) Expedition has developed several types of resources for teaching students, from exploring measurement by scientifically determining the flavor of a jelly bean for 3rd-8th grade students to pamphlets that can be handed out to general audiences to videos for high school or early college students.


Q2Work is a member of the National Q-12 Education Partnership and provides coordination and leadership to ultimately facilitate the community in its efforts to bring QIS into the classroom and other learning environments.

Q2Work is a National Science Foundation-funded program that provides support for the QIS education ecosystem through digital tools, outreach, and collaborative workshops. The major components of Q2Work are an online QIS education hub to showcase and contextualize all education efforts happening across the QIS ecosystem and a cohesive set of workshops to advance the development of K-12 QIS education resources.

Wonders of Quantum Physics

Based on the successful Wonders of Physics outreach program from the University of Wisconsin-Madison physics department, the new Wonders of Quantum Physics (WoQP) will provide an opportunity for children and adults with non-science backgrounds to explore quantum physics in an inquiry-based format. Wonders of Quantum Physics is part of the NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN), a partnership between the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Quantum QuickStart

Led by faculty from UChicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Quantum Quickstart program offers Illinois high school students with a passion for STEM exposure to the great scientific advances in quantum sciences and the physical foundations of quantum mechanics. Every summer, Illinois high school students are invited to apply to this free, one-week accelerated program that introduces quantum engineering. Students will gain understanding of why the language of classical physics is not sufficient to describe our universe and be inspired to dive deeper into quantum mechanics and its applications.