Developing the skills of the future
With the rapid advancements in technology – including quantum computing – students need to prepare for a new set of skills that will be required in the very near future. Skills that will drive innovation and digital transformation. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects are at the centre of this change, and a key focus for education in Australia. With the Australian Government providing significant funding to support a range of education projects to improve STEM outcomes for school students.
The team at CQC²T, led by Professor Michelle Simmons, understand just how important STEM skills are – with physicists and engineers working together with the goal of developing the first quantum computer.
There are many STEM resources available across Australia to get students started. We have pulled together some if these resources – including coding courses and National Science Week programs to provide an introduction to the basics of STEM.
At CQC²T we also host students through our outreach programs at our partner universities across Australia. If you or your school are interested in learning more about the research behind building a quantum computer and would like to be involved in an education program please contact us.
Coding is a great introduction to STEM and there are many online courses and resources available to get started.
For Primary and Secondary School Students
- Digital Technologies Hub information for students in years F-2/3-4/5-6/7-8/9-10
- Code 4 Fun – Courses designed for students aged 7-11, 8-12 and from 11 years
- Code Club – Coding clubs for kids aged 8-15
Resources for Teachers
National Science Week:
National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, and great way to engage students in STEM.
Held in August each year, it features thousands of events and activities hosted around Australia and online, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.
Visit Home – National Science Week for the full program.
CQC²T Outreach Programs:
At CQC²T we recognise that seeing is believing and bringing students into our Centre and its impressive facilities will open their eyes to what is possible. In 2018 we kicked off our inaugural CQC²T Open Day at UNSW Sydney to primary and high school students, and have opportunities to tour our facilities across our partner universities throughout the year.
We also host students through our outreach programs with education partners across Australia. While COVID-19 restrictions impacted our campus events in 2020 and 2021, we are looking forward to welcoming students back to our labs in 2022. Some of our outreach programs from 2019 are highlighted below: