Inspiring a new generation of scientists
At CQC²T, we recognise that seeing is believing and by bringing students into the Centre and its impressive facilities, we can open their eyes to Australian leadership in quantum computing research and explore what’s possible.
To help grow the pool of budding quantum computing scientists and engineers, CQC²T has a range of outreach programs to engage students of all ages – from the primary level, through secondary and all the way through to our research leaders. We are also passionate about increasing girls and women in STEM and support programs that encourage females to explore a career in science.
Some of our outreach programs from 2019 are highlighted below:
GROWING TALL POPPIES PHYSICS PROGRAM
Griffith University, Queensland
Griffith University welcomed 36 female high school students from South-East Queensland schools, for the Growing Tall Poppies physics program, designed to encourage and empower female students to consider studying within the physical sciences. Students explored physical phenomena as an experimentalist in a laboratory and learnt to write programs like a theoretical physicist. These hands-on activities highlighted the role of physics in solving real-world issues and provided an opportunity to understand what it is like to have a career as a researcher. The students visited the CQC²T laboratories at Griffith University, for a tour of the facilities led by Chief Investigators Prof Geoff Pryde and Prof Mirko Lobino. PhD students Daniel Peace, Kok-Wei Bong and Alex Pepper conducted small quantum optics experiments demonstrating quantum properties. This included an interactive experiment on quantum random number generation (QRNG) where students constructed an optical circuit with associated electronics, then collected and processed data in order to generate a sample of random numbers.
NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE FORUM
Australian National University, ACT
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a not-for-profit organisation that runs a number of residential programs to encourage young people in their passion for science.
In January each year, The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) runs a program for selected students to engage them in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
CQC²T are actively involved in the program, which in 2019 included a keynote lecture by Dr Rose Ahlefeldt, tours of the CQC²T labs at ANU with A. Prof Matthew Sellars, Dr Rose Ahlefeldt and Dr Kate Ferguson and quantum computing demonstrations by PhD student Ruvi Lecamwasam.
GIRLS IN PHYSICS
University of Melbourne, VIC
The Girls in Physics is program is hosted by the University of Melbourne with over 200 high school students attending the event in July 2019.
CQC²T Chief Investigator Prof. David Jamieson from the University of Melbourne was a guest lecturer presenting ‘The double planet: the physics of the earth-moon system.’
PhD student Danielle Holmes led tours of the CQC²T labs for the students, showcasing the technology being used to build a quantum computer and sharing insights into her role as a quantum physics researcher.
CQC²T OPEN DAY
UNSW Sydney, NSW
In September 2019, Prof Michelle Simmons welcomed over 150 primary and high school students to join her and the CQC²T team, to experience ‘a-day-in-the-life of a quantum computing scientist’ at the CQC²T Open Day, UNSW Sydney.
The event included presentations from Prof Michelle Simmons, tours of the quantum computing laboratories, and interactive experiments to demonstrate some of the principles of quantum computing. This included a custom designed virtual reality game where students were challenged to entangle two qubits. The high school session concluded with an interactive Q&A session with a panel of PhD students and post doc researchers providing insights on their career path and advice for students wanting to pursue a career in STEM.
If you are interested in visiting our Centre or participating in our outreach programs please apply via the VISIT US form.