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?
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.
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.
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.
Distance Learning Session 1 – April 12 to May 21, 2021
Distance Learning Session 2 – June 22 to August 3, 2021