Quantum Computing Website Launch
Victorian Space Science Education Centre
On Tuesday 6th September, as part of the announcement of the new Victorian STEM policy, VSSEC’s online Quantum Computing Program was released.
This program has been under development since 2014, when Michael Pakakis and Phillip Spencer from VSSEC and Jill English, College Principal, visited NASA AMES where they met with Chief Scientist Jacob Cohen. Various areas of collaboration were discussed. One of the outcomes of the meeting was an agreement for VSSEC to develop a program on Quantum Computing targeted at secondary students. We believe this to be a world first. A formal agreement has been signed between NASA and VSSEC, and NASA has committed to providing advice, feedback and access to researchers in the development of the program, which is now offered for Year 10 students at Strathmore Secondary College.
Minister James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, formally launched the Quantum Computing program. Four students from Strathmore - Cecily Tighe, Eleni Cook, Alex Booker and Renee Tierney - were present to demonstrate its features.
Cecily and Eleni explaining to Minister Merlino, Jill English and Phillip Spencer the importance of Quantum Computing in optimisation programs.
The staff at VSSEC involved in the writing of the program wish to thank Chris Kladis and Monica Grima (a former teacher at SSC) for their contributions to the writing of the program. Chris has also been teaching Quantum Computing for two years.
For a taste of the program, access the Quantum Computing or VSSEC websites (click to open).
Strathmore Secondary College Principal Jill English, is proud of the alliance with NASA as an outstanding achievement for both VSSEC and the school. Recognition by the Minister as “world leaders” in education is highly gratifying and an acknowledgement of the enterprise and vision lying behind such an achievement.