Workshop on Quantum Education for Quantum Workforce Development

Workshop on Quantum Education for Quantum Workforce Development

January 30-31, 2023
Hyatt Centric Hotel
Arlington, VA




About the Workshop

The United States Government is concerned about the workforce needs for quantum information science and has been developing numerous programs to create opportunities to increase quantum education in the K-16 pipeline. Nevertheless, conventional quantum instruction within the disciplines remains deeply rooted in a pedagogy developed in the late 1940s with the emergence of Dirac’s third edition of his quantum mechanics textbook and of Schiff’s quantum text. Even though there are hundreds of quantum mechanics textbooks, most continue to follow a very similar pedagogy based on differential equation in position space (sometimes altering the ordering of topics to teach spins first). This is much less so in quantum computing and quantum communication education, where newer paradigms have been developed, primarily from the Computer Science realm (such as teaching quantum mechanics from the lens of a novel theory for probability). The NSF QLCI Conceptualization Grant team, centered at the University of Florida, is hosting a workshop on quantum education for quantum workforce development, exploring ideas for approaches to teach at the K-12 level, at the undergraduate level, and at the graduate level. We are interested in bringing in a diverse group of people interested in re-examining how we teach quantum mechanics and how we can improve on student learning, with a focus on preparing students for careers in quantum computing, quantum communication, and quantum sensing.