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Public Outreach

In addition to educating a new generation of students and scientists, IQIM strives to engage the public’s fascination with the mysteries of the quantum realm. In an effort to reach a broader audience while at the same time maintaining scientific integrity, IQIM has taken advantage of popular media through the following projects:

Through posts on our blog Quantum Frontiers, diverse authors address a wide range of topics. Graduate students, IQIM faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and staff discuss research results, life as a scientist, and more. Since its inception in July 2012 we have had over 900,000 visits to the blog.

Our Twitter account @IQIM_Caltech builds community with other quantum science centers (JQI, Perimeter Institute, CQT, IQC, IST Austria, and others) by coordinating scientific announcements and promoting the work of quantum scientists from around the world. We’re especially proud of our “Quantum Woman”#quantumwoman; each Wednesday IQIM highlights a female quantum scientist.

Animations

Jorge Cham of PhD. Comics is one of our most popular outreach partners. His animations are an accessible way to communicate challenging scientific ideas, allowing IQIM connect with his audience of graduate students, scientists, and journalists.  Our most recent animation is “Quantum Knots” (Dec 2014) featuring Gil Refael and Jason Alicea. Since June 2013, the four IQIM animations have had over 1,000,000 combined views.

Quantum Knots by Jorge Cham

An Adventure in Quantum Physics by Jorge Cham

An Adventure in Quantum Physics by Jorge Cham

Quantum Computers Explained by Jorge Cham

qCraft

What is qCraft?

qCraft is a mod that brings the principles of quantum physics to the world of Minecraft.

We’ve done our best to create something that we hope will be fun to experiment, build and play with while also introducing players to the fascinating and (in the context of the macro-world we inhabit) counter-intuitive way that quantum entities interact.

qCraft is not a simulation of quantum physics, but it does provide ‘analogies’ that attempt to show how quantum behaviors are different from everyday experience.

In addition to individual players, we hope that parents and educators who want to introduce quantum physics concepts to curious kids will find it useful.

qCraft is freely available for download and use by any licensed Minecraft or MinecraftEdu user.

And If you have ideas for things we should add (and we really, really hope you do!), please share them with us in the forums.

qCraft in Action!

Pictures from the qCraft event during the 2015 Bring Your Child to Work Day

2013 Minecon

Pictures from the qCraft booth at the 2013 annual Minecraft Convention

K-12 Programs

IQIM participation in K-12 outreach reaches over 250 students through on-campus activities (InnoWorks Academy, Project Scientist Academy, and Science Olympiad) as well as classroom visits, Skype discussions, and program participation by undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, and IQIM staff. We also host a Summer Research Institute where high school teachers work closely with graduate students, postdocs, staff researchers, and faculty.

In addition, David Hsieh’s research group works closely with Pasadena (California) HIgh School’s STEM Initiative. Read about the work his group does with their interactive classroom here.

Project Scientist

Project Scientist

The Project Scientist Academy at Caltech  summer camp program creates a community of like-minded girls, ages 4-12, and engages them in an exceptional STEM learning experience. Hands-on learning in Caltech’s laboratories and classrooms helps the girls envision a future for themselves as university students or professionals in STEM fields. Summer courses are taught by credentialed educators and include daily interactions with women scientists, researchers, and other role models. Throughout the following school year, scholarship students will remain engaged through Project Scientist Academy’s full-day Expedition field trips.

Innoworks

Innoworks Academy

IQIM also supports Innoworks, a program that introduces underserved middle-school students in the Pasadena area to careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine, as well as the local RoboGals chapter, which offers older elementary and middle-school girls the opportunity to learn about robotics and programming using the Legos MindStorms system.

Films

IQIM in the Media

Members of IQIM often have opportunities to share the vision and mission of our Center with a broader, non-technical audience. The videos below highlight some of our recent media appearances.

John Preskill on NBCLearn

John Preskill on NBCLearn

Science Behind The News: Quantum Computing

John Preskill on NBCLearn

Science Behind The News: Quantum Computing

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Crystal Dilworth on DNews

Crystal Dilworth on DNews

How Quantum Computing Will Change the World!

Crystal Dilworth on DNews

How Quantum Computing Will Change the World!

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Web-based Outreach Activities

Through our blog Quantum Frontiers and innovations like qCraft, IQIM engages the broader community of scientists and everyone interested in science. You can view our videos below, or visit our YouTube channel.

IQIM Promo Video Screenshot

Introduction to IQIM

Introduction to IQIM

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My Father screenshot

IQIM Presents: My Father

IQIM Presents: My Father

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Simon in clean room

IQIM Presents: My Freedom

IQIM Presents: My Freedom

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Xie Chen Interview in IQIM Video

IQIM Presents: Greater Than Its Parts

IQIM Presents: Greater Than Its Parts

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