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 an understanding of a what a career in research may look like.
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.
Tours of the CQC2T Laboratories at CQC²T with the Growing Tall Poppies physics program at Griffith University.