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Abstract Title: Developing interactive activities about complex topics for all ages: Quantum ideas in interactive science centers
Abstract: Quantum computers, which depend on quantum properties to solve complex problems, have the potential to transform the way we solve problems as diverse as data encryption, finding cures for cancer, and solving world hunger. The goals of the NSF-funded research project EPiQC include activities and resources to help the public develop ideas related to quantum computing. As part of this goal, we developed interactive activities to introduce ideas that will help the public grapple with concepts that will build a foundation for thinking about quantum computing. These activities are appropriate for museums, science nights, and other outreach events that serve an audience of varied ages and backgrounds. These activities developed through designed-based research by an interdisciplinary team that includes computer scientists, education researchers, and museum staff. Iterative development of each activity was informed by the trials with visitors of various ages and educational backgrounds at an interactive science center.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Museum-based physics education research through research-practice partnerships (RPPs)
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Cascade C

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jasmine Marckwordt
UCSB
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ali Muller