Qubit by Qubit’s Middle School Quantum Camp Evaluation Report for Summer 2021

August 1, 2021

Authors

John Wachen

The Learning Partnership

Steven McGee

The Learning Partnership

Qubit by Qubit’s Middle School Quantum Camp is one of the first opportunities for students as young as eleven to begin learning about the field of quantum computing. In this week-long summer camp, students learn about key concepts of quantum mechanics and quantum computing, including qubits, superposition, and entanglement, basic coding in Python, and quantum gates. By the end of the camp, students can code quantum circuits and run them on a real quantum computer. 

The Middle School Quantum Camp substantially increased participants’ knowledge about quantum computing, as exhibited by large gains on a technical assessment that was administered at the beginning and end of the program. On a survey of student motivation, students in the program showed a statistically significant increase in their expectancy of being successful in quantum computing and valuing quantum computing. Students experienced a significant increase in their sense of belonging in STEM and quantum computing following the camp. The camp substantially increased students’ interest in taking additional coursework in STEM and quantum, as well as pursuing careers in STEM and quantum computing.

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Suggested Citation

Wachen, J. & McGee, S. (2021, August). Qubit by Qubit’s Middle School Quantum Camp Evaluation Report for Summer 2021. https://doi.org/10.51420/report.2021.5

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