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OSTP, NSF Announce Partnership to Expand Quantum Education; Michael Kratsios Quoted

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The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), National Science Foundation (NSF), industry, educational institutions and professional societies have launched a partnership to introduce quantum science and technologies to middle school and high school students.

The National Q-12 Education Partnership will work with U.S. educators to provide students access to classroom tools and learning materials related to quantum information science and connect them to quantum-related career opportunities in both public and private sectors, NSF said Wednesday.

"Quantum information science is a critical industry of the future where America must lead the world, and yet students don't typically learn about QIS until college,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner.

“Under President Trump's leadership, the United States has prioritized quantum research and development, and now we will be among the first in the world to make QIS education tools and resources available to K-12 students and educators nationwide.”

The partnership’s members are:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • American Physical Society
  • Boeing
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Microsoft
  • Montana Instruments
  • OSA – The Optical Society
  • Q2Work
  • Rigetti
  • SPIE
  • Zapata Computing

“Through close collaboration with academia, industry, and partner agencies, the National Q-12 Education Partnership will increase the technical literacy of students, expanding inclusion and broadening participation for a future workforce that will bring benefits to all of us,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.