Summer at Woodstock – Quantum Theory
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Summer at Woodstock – Quantum Theory

An Exploration into Quantum Science and Technology

Since its inception at the turn of the twentieth century, Quantum Science has proved increasingly accurate in predicting the outcomes of experiments and helping us develop novel technologies like the touch screen phone. However, it has continued to confuse and confound our best efforts at understanding what is actually happening in the nano-world – that is 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. What are atoms doing when we’re not looking at them? Where exactly are they before we find out? Why are we unable to answer these questions?

 

Who should take this course?

This course is for young adults from ages 14 to 18, who wish to explore the fascinating and increasingly relevant world of Quantum Science are invited to sign up. Whether or not you have never heard of the field, or if you have been reading up on the area for some time, there will be something for everyone in this increasingly relevant and inter-disciplinary course.

 

What skills and knowledge will participants gain through this course?

This course provides students a space in which they can explore some of the famous experiments that exposed quantum behaviour to the scientists of the early 20th century: The Double Slit experiment, The EPR Paradox, and, of course, the infamous Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment and others, are up for discussion and debate. If you are interested in the Philosophical implications of quantum theory, exploring what quantum computers can (and can’t) do, and even trying out your own simple code on IBM’s quantum computer, then please do join us for six weeks of inquiry-lead learning. We also examine quantum effects in living systems and discuss the implications this has on our understanding of life, evolution and consciousness.

 

Course Structure

The teachers will be exploring the quantum world alongside you and will act as your guides during the six-week long program. Each week has been broken down into topic areas where you will explore online material, engage with only simulations and send instructions to code a real-world quantum computer. At the end of course, you will present your work for discussion and feedback from your course cohort.

 

Week 1. Introduction to Quantum Theory and Student Projects

Week 2. Experimental Evidence for Quantum Theory

Week 3. Modern Applications of Quantum Theory

Week 4. What does Quantum Science tell us about the nature of Reality?

Week 5. Quantum in Pop Culture

Week 6. Exhibition of Student Work

Age range – 14-18

Distance Learning Sessions

Distance Learning Session 1 – April 12 to May 21, 2021

Distance Learning Session 2 – June 22 to August 3, 2021

Fee for one distance learning course: INR 40,000 (inclusive of GST)
Fee for two distance learning courses: INR 70,000 (inclusive of GST)
There is no application fee for the distance learning sessions.

Faculty

Dr Robin Carter, Physics Teacher, Woodstock School

Dr Robin Carter began his teaching career in 2015 in Zimbabwe as a Chemistry and Physics teacher. He joined Woodstock in 2018 as the senior school Physics teacher and is also teaching International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge course. Dr Carter loves discussing with students where the intersections of the different sciences lie,  and the philosophical implications of scientific discoveries. Whether it’s the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme syllabus or questions of regarding Dark Matter, he’s always pleased to assist students on their voyage of scientific discovery. Prior to teaching, Dr Carter earned a DPhil. in Materials Science from Oxford University specialising in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology.

Scott Britton, Chemistry Teacher, Woodstock School

Scott Britton joined Woodstock in 2018 along with his wife Martha and kids Judah and Liliana. His academic background spans Religious Studies, Secondary Science Education, Sustainable Systems, and Sustainable Agricultural Development, which have provided a path for him to pursue the intersection of belief, ethics, and science in his personal and family life, as well as his teaching. Mr Britton is attracted to science as a human pursuit that engenders awe and wonder, amazement and humility.