Always wanted to find out more about the fascinating quantum computer? Join us in our Quantum Quest! The University of Amsterdam and QuSoft are organizing a four-week web class for high school students (5-VWO and 6-VWO). Starting October 30, 2020, Quantum Quest will take you on an adventure to learn the basics of quantum computing. In the end, you will understand what quantum bits and algorithms are and what they are good for.
This is the second year that QuSoft, the University of Amsterdam, and the Quantum Software Consortium are organizing Quantum Quest – a web class for high school students. Since quantum computing is no compulsory curriculum for Dutch high school students, scientists Dr. Michael Walter en Dr. Maris Ozols saw the need to fill this lack in knowledge and set-up an education program to learn the basics of quantum computing.
The quantum computer is a computer of the future. Instead of working with bits that have two states (
1), quantum computers work with quantum bits which can be in an infinite number of possible states. They can solve certain difficult problems much faster than we know using ordinary computers and also pave the way for new scientific explorations. Researchers at universities and in industry are working hard to build this fascinating device. But how does a quantum computer actually work and how can it be programmed? That’s what you will find out during Quantum Quest.
Quantum Quest starts on October 30, 2020 and wil run for four weeks. By the end of it, you will understand what quantum bits and quantum algorithms are and what they are good for. Throughout this course, we will stay in touch via Discord. There, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, and we will offer live Q&A sessions to discuss any questions that you might have. We will also use an online platform called Canvas, where you can submit your homework solutions.