The Quantum Computing Academy (QCA) is a unique, enrichment program designed for students who excel in their regular school studies in science, mathematics, or computers. The QCA introduces enthusiastic and energetic students to the ideas behind programming quantum computers and guides them through a hands-on exploration of quantum algorithms that can solve complex scientific and business problems. The QCA is an exceptional opportunity for a student to advance beyond traditional advanced subjects in high school and delve into advanced computing that few of their peers and college-bound classmates have attempted.

  • Session 1: Programming the D-Wave Quantum Computer
    June 8 – June 19, M-F, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST), $200
  • Session 2: Programming a Quantum Computer using IBM Qiskit
    June 22 – July 3, M-F, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST), $200
  • Session 3: Programming a Quantum Computer using Microsoft Q#
    July 13 – July 24, M-F, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST), $200
  • Session 4: Exploring basic Quantum Computer Algorithms
    July 27 – Aug 7, M-F, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST), $200
  • Session 5: Exploring Quantum Cryptography and the Quantum Internet
    Aug 10 – Aug 21, M-F, 11:00am-1:00pm (EST), $200

The student will be guided—in a hands-on manner—through the mathematical foundations and programming basics necessary for basic programming of several different types of quantum computers. Students will be led through advanced mathematical topics, as necessary, for understanding the material and advancing through the course. In later sessions, the student will apply these basic skills towards exploring and solving complex problems, including understanding how today’s computer security is being threatened by the advancement of quantum computing. Students will run their own quantum programs both on quantum simulators and on actual quantum computers.

The sessions are intended to be highly interactive with hands-on activities. When possible, guest speakers from industry may join selected meetings. Following the end of the weekday class meeting time, students will optionally have an extra hour of access to the instructor(s) for more interaction, if they choose. After-class parent/instructor student-progress conversations are welcome and urged.

Enrollment in each session is limited to 12 students, to allow for greater personal attention to individual students. The QCA is primarily designed for students entering 9th to 12th grades, although younger students may be considered. Each student will need regular access to an Internet-connected laptop computer with basic capabilities and ample disk space—Windows, Apple, or Linux—[more specific requirements are forthcoming]

* A student may enroll in all five sessions, one session, or any number of them. Sessions 1, 2, and 3, can be enrolled in individually – a student can take one, two, or three of these sessions; Sessions 4 and 5, require completion of at least two of the prior three sessions.

Note to parents: Your child’s participation in the QCA can serve as a powerful enhancement to impending university applications!

The QCA is for students who are:

  • Always intellectually energetic and curious,
  • Often bored with their current studies in math, science, or computers, and
  • Now entering grades, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12, or college,
  • Age 12 years or older,
  • Fluent in English, and
  • Able to access to a laptop/desktop computer and the Internet.

Full and partial tuition scholarships are available.


Instructors: Dr. Terrill Frantz, who has been programming computers since he was a 14-year-old. Recently, he has been organizing quantum computer clubs in high schools and universities for the IEEE and is deeply engaged with the Quantum Economic Development Consortium. Dr. Frantz’s passionate desire is to mentor those students who oppose being slave to the technology and instead seek to become a master over that technology….nerds, geeks, or normal people, alike.

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