Education and Training


A quantum summer research experience for high school teachers

What is TeachQuantum?

TeachQuantum is a multi-year program that consists of an annual 6-week summer research experience for high school teachers, which immerses them in real-world quantum research environments and prepares them to teach quantum-focused STEM concepts in their classrooms. The selected teachers will develop new quantum-inspired activities to implement in their classrooms, and participate in quarterly meetings throughout the school year to share their outcomes and best practices. 

Who can participate?
High school STEM teachers in Wisconsin and Chicago's Kenwood, Woodlawn, Hyde Park, and Englewood neighborhoods

When will the program take place?
6 weeks over the summer of 2022 (late June – early August), and quarterly throughout the school year

What will participants do?
Engage in a mentored research experience in a quantum lab, develop a quantum-focused classroom activity, and share their experiences with other participants during quarterly meetings

Where will the program take place? 
The research labs of faculty members at the University of Chicago and UW–Madison.

How To Apply

Applications for Summer 2023 closed on April 21, 2023. Applicants will be notified of their status in early May.

Contact the leaders of TeachQuantum
Please direct any questions you have about the program to

  • Dr. Tian Zhong - Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
  • Laura Rico-Beck - Assistant Dean of Education and Outreach, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
  • Sarah Parker - HQAN Outreach Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Physics

Learn more on the TeachQuantum website

TeachQuantum is supported by the NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN), a partnership between the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.