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. Follow our blog Quantum Frontiers with regular posts by IQIM graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and a few guest authors. Topics include discussion of recent breakthroughs in science, insights into the community and life of scientists here and around the world, along with highlights of our outreach efforts.

IQIM’s 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 also highlight women scientists in our regular #QuantumWoman feature; and as part of our celebration of the 50 th anniversary of Feynman’s Nobel Prize, we post a regular series of Feynman quotes and images as part of #FeynmanFriday.


One Entangled Evening and Quantum Summit

On January 27, 2016, Caltech hosted IQIM’s One Entangled Evening, a night of science and entertainment celebrating Richard P. Feynman’s quantum legacy. A crowd of over 1,200 guests were hosted by IQIM Director John Preskill, Nobel laureate Dave Wineland, and Microsoft Senior Researcher Krysta Svore in discussion about possibilities for quantum science. The program included artistic and humorous elements; amateur actor and NASA/JPL engineer Steve Collins, performed a monologue from a Feynman lecture, a musical rendition of One Entangled Evening was presented by Preskill and entertainer Gia Mora, and the premier of the short film Anyone Can Quantum. The evening also included remarks from Yuri Milner and Caltech president Thomas F. Rosenbaum, a video from Bill Gates and comments from Richard Feynman’s daughter, Michelle Feynman.


Media Appearances and Web-based Outreach

Anyone Can Quantum

The film short Anyone Can Quantum presents a duel between theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and Ant Man actor Paul Rudd. They meet over a game of quantum chess, a game developed in collaboration with USC graduate student Chris Cantwell. The game brings elements of superposition and entanglement to classical chess, allowing such moves as a queen in two places at once or a bishop that’s position changes when nearby pieces are attacked. The film is narrated by Keanu Reeves, and was directed by Alex Winters.

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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.  You can view the rest of our videos, along with podcasts, interviews, and other media here.

Introduction to IQIM

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IQIM Presents: My Father

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IQIM Presents: My Freedom

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IQIM Presents: Greater Than Its Parts

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PhD Comics by Jorge Cham

PhD Comics

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 PhD Comics

Quantum Knots

Physicists Gil Refael and Jason Alicea explain how to do the impossible: split an electron.

An Adventure in Quantum Physics by Jorge Cham

An Adventure in Quantum Physics

How do you make something that has never existed before?

We Didn't Know it was Impossible by Jorge Cham

Doing The Impossible

Two Quantum physicists describe doing what many thought wasn’t possible.

Quantum Computers Explained by Jorge Cham

Quantum Computers Explained

Physicists John Preskill and Spiros Michalakis describe how things are different in the Quantum World.


InnoWorks Academy, Project Scientist Academy, and more

K-12 Programs

IQIM interacts broadly with K-12 students and we also include teachers.  Over 1,000 students participate in programs held on the Caltech campus including Project Scientist Academy, Southern California State Science Olympiad, and InnoWorks Academy.  IQIM hosts high school teachers for a Summer Research Institute; a six-week immersion in the laboratory experience working directly with faculty, students and researchers.  IQIM faculty also participate in STEM initiatives at Pasadena High School.

Members of IQIM ranging from graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff and faculty participate in classroom visits, qCraft gaming demonstrations, Skype discussions with classrooms, and other media such as interviews and discussions on podcasts.  Find links to these in the Media Archive.

Project Scientist

Project Scientist

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Science Olympiad

 Science Olympiad

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Innoworks Academy

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K-12 Teacher & Classroom Interactions

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Quantum Physics Meets Minecraft

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