QCamp is an annual summer camp for high-school students in Singapore, offering an introduction to the exciting world of quantum technologies. The Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at the National University of Singapore organises and hosts the camp. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, QCamp will not happen in 2020. We plan that QCamp will return in May or June 2021.
In the meantime, the CQT website points to online resources, including videos and a game, that may interest students. The QCamp organising committee is also considering what new materials they may be able to offer for pre-University students.
At QCamp, students study advanced concepts in math, computer science and quantum physics, and see experiments demonstrating quantum phenomena. They are introduced to research that is throwing new light on our understanding of the universe and building the foundation for new kinds of technologies, from quantum cryptography to quantum computers. The details below describe previous editions of QCamp.
Who is it for?
The programme is suited to Junior College students entering JC2 who are excelling
or particularly enthusiastic in physics and maths. We also consider applications from similar-aged students in other forms of education, including polytechnic courses and homeschooling.
What will participants get out of it?
Students are exposed to physics, maths and computer science going beyond their syllabus,
getting a taste of what they could study as undergraduates, and what real
scientific research – where the answers aren't known yet – looks like.
As companies such as Google and IBM are investing in research in quantum
technologies, students will also gain a glimpse into an area with industry jobs. Locally, Singtel supports quantum reseach in a corporate lab, CQT is collaborating with the Infocomm Media Development Authority and there are a number of quantum technology start-ups. NUS has since 2019 offered to physics undergraduates a Specialisation in Quantum Technologies.
Students with full attendance are awarded a certificate of participation. There is no examination.
How do students find the camp?
QCamp has been held every year since 2015. Here is some of the feedback collected from students after past editions. You can read more on the CQT webiste about recent QCamps held in 2018 and in 2017.
Who are the instructors?
The course is mainly taught by research staff and doctoral students at the Centre. The programme in past years has also included guest lecturers, industry talks and a field trip to A*STAR research facilities.
Where is the location?
QCamp is held at the Centre for Quantum Technologies on the NUS campus.
Centre for Quantum Technologies
National University of Singapore
Block S15, 3 Science Drive 2
Here's a helpful guide to find us: https://www.quantumlah.org/page/page.php?key=FindUs.
What is the programme?
The camp offers a mix of lectures, activities and lab visits. Here is our timetable for QCamp 2019. On Wednesday afternoon we will be making a field trip to the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering at A*STAR. There will be a one-way bus, with students departing from there.
How much does it cost?
The workshop is free.
Participants will need to cover their own transport and lunch costs.
Lunch will be taken at nearby eateries on the NUS campus.
Please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.