QuantumCamp was conceptualized in 2008, it was a dare born in a coffee shop in Berkeley. The challenge was to teach an amazingly hard topic (quantum physics) to people in a way that would demystify it, that would make it understandable in a conceptual way. We took our years of experience from public and Montessori schools to create a new standard for education, QED™.
We knew that the best way to explain something strange like quantum physics was to simply show it. We set about recreating many of the key experiments and calculations that led to the development of quantum physics and immersed ourselves in the history and began to see a beautiful story arc that would be immediately accessible to students as young as 12.
To help people understand what we were doing and why it was different, effective, and important, we started doing demos around the Bay Area for small groups of students. In our first summer of 2009, we ran three camps across the Bay Area with a total of 25 students. Our very first camp sold out completely and even had a student from Chicago taking the course while he was on vacation.
After parents saw what QuantumCamp was like, news started spreading throughout the Bay Area and we began to receive calls from parents who had heard about us from other parents. There was so much buzz about the course that the founders were able to quit their full-time teaching positions to commit full-time to the parents of the Bay Area. So in January 2010, they began teaching out of the trunks of their cars to a wide range of homeschool students. Some loved science, some hated science, but every student left loving what they had just done. We knew that if students were just given the chance to be part of their own education that they would learn to love learning.
It wasn't long before we began developing other newer courses never dreamed of before. But to do this next step, we would need a location. The downtown Berkeley QuantumCampus was opened in August 2010 and helped establish QuantumCamp as the premier math and science destination for Bay Area Homeschooling in under a year. By the end of the first year in Berkeley we had grown the number of courses from 1 to 12. But we weren't satisfied. We knew that many of our students were coming to a lab for the very first time, and it was very challenging for some to excel having to first master the laboratory experience. We decided to create a different kind of course, QuantumKids, an entirely new set of science classes tailored to the developmental needs of young children but still totally fun and amazing!
By July 2011 we opened our second QuantumCampus in Mountain View to a huge number of families. Many of our students from the very first year are still taking camps and courses with QuantumCamp today, three years later! By the end of the 2011-2012 school year, we were seeing 300 students walk through our combined doors each week.
Starting with just $3000 and two car trunks, QuantumCamp has grown from 25 students to 300 in just 2.5 years. We've taken our frustration with the current methods of schooling to the formation and implementation of a solution that we are now testing and preparing for release. From just one course designed for middle school to 60 courses that range from elementary school to high school and cover science, mathematics, computing, and now language arts.
QuantumCamp constantly looks to find what is possible instead of thinking what is impossible. Just wait until you see what is coming!
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