How do Quantum Courses work?
How Do Students Proceed Through a Course?
In Quantum Courses, the student is the scientist or mathematician, pushing the bounds of their own knowledge, creating their own new ideas.
The student’s job is to conduct real science and math experiments, collect data, and record observations. But scientists and mathematicians don’t stop there! They also analyze data and observations to make sense of them. For each lab, students break down the data and observations and look for patterns, relationships, or any surprising results. Finally, they explain the results ultimately to better understand the world and predict the future.
While students can work through a course series at any pace (hence “Self-Paced”!). Many see that working through 1 chapter per week feels just about right. At this pace, your student should plan to spend 3 to 4 hours per week on QC Science. Here is one possible plan for your weekly schedule:
Day 1 - Lab A and lab A write-up
Day 2 - Lab B and Lab B write-up
Day 3 - Extensions, additional writing, and problem sets
What is a Course Series?
A Course Series is comprised of 6 Short Courses and constitutes a full yearlong curriculum. Here is how this looks:
How to Proceed Through a Quantum Course
Do Students Receive Help &
Open-ended responses: With every lab there is a series of open-ended questions prompting students to write a hypothesis, submit data, tabulate and graph data, and to write out their sense of what the lab means. These responses are received by a QuantumCamp instructor who then provides feedback after each chapter is completed.
Multiple-choice problem sets: Additionally, a multiple-choice problem set accompanies every lab, providing immediate feedback to the student.