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. 

Interested in finding out more? Contact the PME Outreach teach at .                                   

We will be hosting an information session for this program on March 11th via zoom. Sign-up for the info session here.   

Application for the summer 2024 program is now open - apply here! Applications will close on March 25th, 2024 at 11:59 pm. 


Who can participate? 
High school STEM teachers throughout Chicago. 

When will the program take place?
Six weeks over the summer of 2023 (late June to early August, 20 hours/week), plus quarterly meetings during the school year.

What will participants do?
Engage in a mentored laboratory experience in a quantum lab, develop a quantum-focused classroom activity, and share their experiences with other participants during quarterly meetings

Where will the program take place?
The research labs of PME faculty members at the University of Chicago.

TeachQuantum 2023 Cohort

  • Joseph Blake, Kenwood Academy - Chicago, IL
  • Adam Davenport - James H. Bowen High School - Chicago, IL
  • Dan Dudek - Roycemore School - Evanston, IL
  • Sarah Kraus - Arrowhead High School - Hartland, WI
  • Matt Lane - Arrowhead High School - Hartland, WI
  • Jamie Lauer - Hartford Union High School - Hartford, WI
  • Bill Pfund - Hartford Union High School - Hartford, WI
  • Michael Rodgers - Kenwood Academy - Chicago, IL
  • Zachary Sweet - Hyde Park Academy - Chicago, IL

TeachQuantum 2022 Cohort

  • Adam Davenport - James H. Bowen High School    Chicago, IL
  • Afsoon Kazerouni - UChicago Charter School    Chicago, IL
  • Jamie Lauer - Hartford Union High School    Hartford, WI
  • Michael Rodgers - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School    Chicago, IL

TeachQuantum 2021 Cohort

Application for the summer 2024 program will open in February, 2024.

TeachQuantum is supported by 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, please reach our to:

  • Dr. Tian Zhong - Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
  • Laura Rico-Beck - Assistant Dean of Education and Outreach, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering
  • Sarah Parker - HQAN Outreach Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Physics

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