QDNL 3.6 - 24 May 2024
Quantum education
for the younger generation (0 - 18)

Join us for a day of talks and workshops aimed at developing quantum education for the younger generation (0 – 18 years).

Lunch and snacks are included, as well as a borrel after a long day of seminars and workshops.

📅 Date: 24/05 – 2024
🕒 Time: 10:30 – 16:00 + drinks
📍 Location: Utrecht University (Utrecht)

🔍 What to Expect:

👉 Insightful talks on quantum education.

👉 Networking opportunities.
👉 Workshops and breakout sessions.

The registration deadline for this event is May 8. So make sure to register on time.



Below is the preliminary schedule for the QDNL symposium

10:30 Walk in coffee/tea

11:00 Opening Daniël Vanmaekelberg (UU, Director QuMat)

11:15 Speaker 1: Kirsten Stadermann (UT) – Quantum physics in class: how can we support teachers?

11:45 Workshop round 1+2

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Spreker 2: Kim Krijtenburg – Lewerissa (UU) – Towards coherence in quantum education research

14:00 Workshop round 3 or Quantum Lab (UU) (possibly quantum demonstrator of QuMat, UU)

14:45 Break

15:15 Workshopround 4 or Quantum Lab (UU)

16:00 Closing

16:15 -17:00 Drinks


Quantum physics in class: how can we support teachers?
Kirsten Stadermann

University of Twente

In this presentation, we will discuss an approach utilizing professional learning networks (PLNs) to enhance teacher knowledge, self-efficacy, and pedagogical skills in quantum physics. Key components include building trust, supporting teacher needs and interests, practical and conceptual discussion, and developing pedagogical content knowledge by (a) evaluating and adapting instructional materials and (b)   hands-on sessions in the student Q-lab laboratory. Outcomes and teacher perspectives from a quantum PLN will be shared along with implications for supporting teacher professional growth.  
Towards coherence in quantum education research
Kim Krijtenburg - Lewerissa

Utrecht University

Teaching quantum mechanics conceptually faces significant challenges due to its inherently counterintuitive nature. As quantum physics is relatively new to secondary school curricula, and can be approached using various perspectives and topics – e.g. the historical, experimental-based, and spin first approach – research into students’ difficulties while learning QP is rather fragmented. During this presentation I will present several examples of research into students’ learning of quantum concepts. Additionally, I will substantiate the importance of international collaboration and highlight the efforts of a collaboration between European quantum education researchers, who are striving to gain insights into students’ learning and develop a quantum concept inventory.


Quantum philosophy in upper secondary education

Bohr and Einstein had different interpretations of quantum mechanics. Four common perspectives on QM will be put forward in the workshop. These perspectives have been made accessible to students in secondary education through online QM-philosophy lessons. These will be shared with the participants to start a discussion on the generally chosen Bohr-interpretation in text books.

Lesley de Putter
Eindhoven School of Education, TU/e
Tim Bouchée
Eindhoven School of Education, TU/e
Using a Bloch sphere to make Quantum 'easy'
Quantum and Qubits are very complex, and the math for Quantum gates ain’t easy. Still we can use a Bloch sphere to make Quantum ‘easy’ for normal people by creating a different way of having people play with a Bloch Sphere in an attractive gamified way. In this workshop we will explain what we have created, and what and how we explain things to different age groups. We would like to ask your input to improve this work for outreach.
Dimitri van Esch

Business consultant Quantum Amsterdam & CEO Quantum Gateway Foundation

Femke Verheijen

Quantum Educational Officer, Applied University of Amsterdam (HvA)

Outreach with quantum-games

Games can be an effective method for teaching a new concept to people from all backgrounds and age groups, especially for a topic as complex as quantum. There are already many existing quantum games out there, but the challenge is to use these games to reach as many different audiences as possible. Choosing a different game for every audience is very time consuming and difficult. It is much easier to use the same simple game and adapt it to suit your different goals. In this workshop we will work on how to use the same quantum game (TiqTaqToe) to reach many different audiences.

Cintia Perugachi Israëls

Quantum Education Officer, Leiden University

Michiel Thijssen

High School Liaison & Teacher, Leiden University.

Update NLT-module Quantum Ready

More info will come…..

Lodewijk Koopman

TU Delft


The QDNL symposium is organized as a collaboration on QDNL, QSC and QuMat.

Local organizers are Mikael Fremling (QuMat) and Kim Krijtenburg – Lewerissa (UU). QDNL organizers are Doutzen Abma (QSC, QuSoft, CWI) and Nathalie Thielen (TU/e).


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