Diversifying Talent in Quantum Computing

With British Columbia emerging as a leader in quantum computing, this project will work with K-12 and Indigenous education leaders to ensure that young people are aware of the career opportunities presented by this revolutionary technology.

Partner Co-investment - $245K

Supercluster Co-investment - $257K

Project Budget - $502K

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Project Overview

The field of quantum computing is exploding with the power to solve our most challenging problems, those that the computers of today cannot tackle. The demand for talent in this emerging field is already high and Canada needs to address this or risk being left behind.

With British Columbia emerging as a leader in quantum computing, the 24-month Diversifying Talent in Quantum Computing project will work to ensure that young people are aware of the career opportunities presented by this revolutionary technology.

Led by the University of British Columbia (UBC), along with D-Wave, and UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach, the program will deliver ready-to-use education kits and curriculum targeting K-12 students; workshops, summer camps, and public forums, including specialized programming for girls and Indigenous students; and teacher training through an online quantum computing resource hub and a bi-weekly “Quantum bits” podcast that will host well-known international academics and industry experts.

The computing kits and curriculum tools will include software that interfaces to the D-Wave quantum processor. The kit will include a teacher’s guide to the concept of quantum computing and its applications, and a basic handbook to enable students to create their own software experiments. All materials will be developed using evidence-based best practices, with content designed for a diverse audience. With Indigenous people underrepresented in STEM careers, the project will also work with Indigenous education leaders to deliver proactive community-based outreach to one of the fastest-growing populations in the country.

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