Educational Outreach


TeachQuantum is a multi-year program that immerses participants in real-world quantum research environments and prepares them to teach quantum-focused STEM concepts in their classrooms. Participating teachers take part in a 6-week summer research experience, develop new quantum-inspired activities to implement in their classrooms, and participate in quarterly meetings throughout the school year to share their outcomes and best practices. 

  • Who: High school STEM teachers in Kenwood, Woodlawn, Hyde Park, and Englewood neighborhoods.
  • When: Six weeks over the summer (late June to early August), plus quarterly meetings during the school year.
  • What: Mentored research experience in a quantum lab and cohort-based development of quantum-focused classroom activities. The program includes a stipend and funds to assist in the development of a teaching module.
  • Where: The research labs of PME faculty members at the University of Chicago.

Summer 2021 Research Projects

  • From Spooky Action at a Distance to Safe Internet - Zhong Group
    Adam Davenport, Bowen High School
  • Digital PID Control for Quantum Optics Experiments - Bernien Group
    Joseph Blake, Kenwood Academy
  • Exploring Learning of Quantum Computing Concepts for Pre-College Learners - Franklin Group
    Michael Rodgers, King College Prep
  • Quantum State Creation and Control in Semiconductors - Heremans Group
    Amy Seter, University of Chicago Charter Schools at Woodlawn

We will hold an information session and open applications for the Summer 2022 program in January.

If you would like to receive additional information and program announcements, please complete this interest form

TeachQuantum is part of the NSF Quantum Leap Challenge Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks (HQAN), a partnership between the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To learn more about the program, visit our partner website.

Contact us

If you have questions, contact Prof. Tian Zhong at or Laura Rico-Beck at