On the long run, it is only possible to facilitate know-how and innovation in the context of quantum technologies of the second generation in germany by an adequate education in schools and universities. QuBIT EDU is a network of research groups in physics education, which develop curricula and implement empirical research projects to drive the field of modern quantum physics education.

Spokesman of the network: Prof. Dr. Rainer Müller

2. generation quantum technologies

quantum
communication

quantum
computing

quantum
simulations

quantum
sensoring/
quantum
meterology

outreach/
education

fundamental
research

Network

München Münster Kaiserslautern Stuttgart Hannover Erlangen- Nürnberg Dresden Jena Braunschweig Aachen QuBit EDU

Participating Research Groups

Braunschweig | Technische Universität Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Rainer Müller

Franziska Gerke, M. Ed.

Work issues
  • Coordination of Quantum education activities within the European Quantum Flagship Project (QTEdu, EU)
  • Delphi study: Skills for future workforce in quantum technologies
  • Development and evaluation of a teaching concept on quantum technologies for engineers
  • Development of a game-based VR environment on quantum computing (QuantumVR, BMBF)
  • Quantum physics at school (project milq: www.milq.info; quantum reasoning tools)
  • Effectiveness of digital learning environments for experiments in quantum physics (DiBS, BMBF)
Publikationen:
  • R. Müller, H. Wiesner, Teaching Quantum Mechanics on an Introductory Level, American Journal of Physics 70, 200 (2002).
  • R. Müller, Die Quantenphysik im Spannungsfeld zwischen Fachlichkeit, empirischer Forschung und Schulpraxis In: Maurer, Christian (Hrsg.): Authentizität und Lernen - das Fach in der Fachdidaktik. Regensburg: Universität Regensburg S. 13-24 (2016).
  • R. Müller, H. Schecker, Schülervorstellungen zur Quanten- und Atomphysik. In: Schecker H., Wilhelm T., Hopf M., Duit R. (Hrsg.) Schülervorstellungen und Physikunterricht. Springer Spektrum, Berlin, Heidelberg, S. 209-224 (2018).
  • R. Müller, O. Mishina, milq – Quantum Physics in Secondary School, to appear in the Proceedings of the GIREP Conference 2019 in Budapest
  • F. Gerke, R. Müller, P. Bitzenbauer, M. Ubben, K.-A.Weber, Quantum Awareness im Ingenieurwesen: Welche Kompetenzen werden in der Industrie von morgen gebraucht? -- Erste Ergebnisse einer Delphi-Studie, erscheint in Phydid B.

Erlangen | FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Jan-Peter Meyn

Philipp Bitzenbauer

Research focus
Empirical research on quantum physics teaching
  • Development and evaluation of new teaching concepts for modern quantum physics
  • Development of digital learning environments for quantum physics
Students’ conceptions and learning difficulties in quantum physics
  • Fostering quantum physical conceptions of learners through experimentally oriented approaches to quantum physics
  • Students' conceptions about concepts of quantum optics
Modern quantum physics for engineers
  • Didactic reconstruction of quantum physical concepts for engineers
Web links & publications

FAU QuantumLab

  • Bronner, P.; Strunz, A.; Silberhorn, C.; Meyn, J.-P. (2009). Interactive screen experiments with single photons. European Journal of Physics 30. 345
  • Bronner, P.; Strunz, A.; Silberhorn, C.; Meyn, J.-P. (2009). Demonstrating quantum random with single photons. European Journal of Physics 30. 1189
  • Bitzenbauer, P.; Meyn, J.-P. (2019). Quantenphysik g²reifbar unterrichten. Plus Lucis 3/2019, S. 17-21
  • Bitzenbauer, P.; Meyn, J.-P. (2020). Von Koinzidenzen zu Wesenszügen der Quantenphysik: Erste Ergebnisse einer summativen Evaluation des Erlanger Unterrichtskonzepts zur Quantenoptik“. Erscheint in: PhyDid-B - Didaktik der Physik - Beiträge zur DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 2020
  • Donhauser, A.; Bitzenbauer, P.; Meyn, J.-P. (2020). „Von Schnee- und Elektronenlawinen: Entwicklung eines Erklärvideos zu Einzelphotonendetektoren“. Erscheint in: PhyDid-B - Didaktik der Physik - Beiträge zur DPG-Frühjahrstagung, 2020

Hannover | Leibnitz Universität Hannover

Jun. Prof. Dr. Susanne Weßnigk

Dr. Kim-Alessandro Weber

Dr. Rüdiger Scholz

Dr.Oliver Burmeister (Fortbildung für Lehrkräfte “Quantenphysik”)

Moritz Waitzmann

Work Issues
  • Empirical research on teaching quantum physics with emphasis on real experiments
  • Development and evaluation of quantum physical experiments of the 2. generation in the areas of higher education (practicals and labs for pupils)
  • (Fehlende Übersetzung)
Web links & publications

foeXlab

  • Waitzmann, M., Scholz, R. & Weßnigk, S. Forschendes Lernen identifizieren und abbilden. Der mathematische und naturwissenschaftliche Unterricht: MNU
  • Scholz, R., Friege, G., Weber, K.-A. (2018). Undergraduate quantum optics: experimental steps to quantum physics, European Journal of Physics, Volume 39, Number 5
  • Weber, K.-A., Scholz, R. (2018). Statistische Optik – Messung von Lichtfluktuationen mit einer programmierbaren LED. phydid B 2018
  • Scholz, R., Friege, G., Weber, K.-A. (2016). Undergraduate experiments on statistical optics. European Journal of Physics, Volume 37, Number 5, 055302
  • Scholz, R., Weßnigk, S. & Weber, K. (2020). A Classical to Quantum Transition via Key Experiments. European Journal of Physics. Doi: 10.1088/1361-6404/ab8e52

Jena | Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

Prof. Dr. Holger Cartarius

Kaiserslautern | Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

Prof. Dr. Jochen Kuhn

Dr. Stefan Küchemann

Dr. David Dzsojan

Michael Thees

In Kooperation mit

Prof. Dr. Michael Fleischhauer (FB Physik), Georg von Freymann (FB Physik/Fraunhofer ITWM), Paul Lukowicz (FB Informatik/DFKI), Herwig Ott (FB Physik), Norbert Wehn (FB Elektro- und Informationstechnik), Artur Widera (FB Physik)

Secondary Education
Developing, studying and dissemination of
  • courses in quantum technologies for general interest using web-based activities such as Virtual Quantum Lab (AR/VR applications) or simulations in combination with short explanatory video clips
  • experimental materials to enable students’ first hands-on experiences in the area of quantum physics and quantum technologies (physical background, applications) for different educational levels (schools, bachelor and master level)
  • teacher training courses on quantum technologies, and dissemination of the developed materials (Elementarization of QT-courses for schools and outreach activities)
  • QT-concept tests and validation with eye-tracking measures
Tertiary Education
  • Interdisciplinary QT-course for students in physics, comp. sciences and engineering (combining theoretical and experimental content with laboratory work; e.g. quantum cryptography, quantum computing etc.)
  • Developing, studying and dissemination of experimental materials

All of these work issues are in close collaboration with or even performed by the participated or associated colleagues of the physics, comp. science and engineering department as well as DFKI, Fraunhofer ITWM.

Web links & Publications

AG Kuhn

  • outreach project in TRR Spin+X
  • Hochberg, K. & Kuhn, J. (2019). What do scientists do? Increasing Awareness of social and networking aspects in everyday activities of scientists. Progress in Science Education (PriSE), 2 (1).
    dx.doi.org/10.25321/prise.2019.849
  • Küchemann, S., Becker, S., Klein, P. & Kuhn, J. (2020). Classification of students' conceptual understanding in STEM education using their visual attention distributions: A comparison of three machine-learning ap-proaches. In H. C. Lane, S. Zvacek & J. Uhomoibhi J. (eds), Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU (pp. 36-46.). Setúbal, Portugal: SciTePress-Science and Technology Publications, Lda.
  • Zangerle, S., Kuhn, J. & Widera, A. (2018). Einsatz von Classroom Response Systemen in Übungen. Progress in Science Education (PriSE), 1 (2).**
    dx.doi.org/10.25321/prise.2018.807

Münster | Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Prof. Dr. Stefan Heusler

Malte Ubben

Dr. Daniel Laumann

Work Issues
  • Empirical research on teaching quantum physics with emphasis on the qubit-ansatz
  • Development and evaluation of quantum physical experiments of the 2. generation in the areas of higher education (practicals and labs for pupils) with a focus on digital media (VR and AR)
Web links & publications

quantumvisions.net

Stuttgart | Universität Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Ronny Nawrodt