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 Laura Rico-Beck at

Apply for the Summer 2023 program by April 21, 2023.


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 research 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.

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 are excited to welcome these teachers and teacher mentors to the 2022 TeachQuantum program!

Participating Teachers

  • 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


Teacher Mentors

  • Amy Seter - UChicago Charter School    Chicago, IL
  • Joseph Blake - Kenwood Academy High School    Chicago, IL

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
  • Mallory Conlon - HQAN Outreach Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Physics