What’s the best way to learn about advanced quantum computing? AG体育 physics student Kaitlin Gili ’20 has the perfect solution—go shoot some hoops! Gili has long enjoyed playing basketball on traditional courts和 now she has created Bas|ket>ball, a game that aims to help high schoolers understand advanced quantum computing concepts while being physically active.
“I wanted the game to be a physical activity, so that students could visualize abstract quantum mechanics topics such as qubits, superposition和 quantum gates,” Gili said. “In quantum mechanics, we refer to a wave function as a ‘ket,’ and it is written in as | >, so that’s how the name developed.”
在研究吉利的第一个灵感来了 - 当然，打篮球 - 在实验量子信息处理2019年本科学校在滑铁卢大学两周（useqip）计划，当她和她的同事参与者意识到在这个双关语势单词“KET” -short的“菜篮子”。
“One night, I was supposed to teach advanced quantum computing topics on superposition and entanglement, and it was difficult for the girls,” she recalled. “At the same time, the weather was just right, and I really had the urge to play basketball! I thought that a visual would help, so working with Sean, I developed Bas|ket>ball, based off of quantum rules. It’s essentially how quantum bits, or qubits, work. I had wanted to make the concepts easier for the students, and it did. They actually enjoyed learning while playing—they all said it was helpful和 they all wanted to keep playing all night!”
Bas|ket>ball might have remained a fun Friday night activity for three high schoolers if Gili’s advisor, research associate professor Dr. Rupak Chatterjee, hadn’t realized that her little game could do big things.
Gili’s efforts to translate Bas|ket>ball into a more widely accessible, computerized learning tool align with her deep passion for sparking interest in physics at a young age, because students who conquer these concepts today will be well-positioned for tomorrow’s engineering and scientific careers.
“It is important to teach younger students subjects such as quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning,” she said. “To that end, we should be developing learning tools, including simple games such as Bas|ket>ball, so that it doesn’t take a four-year physics degree to dive in, and so a larger and more diverse pool of students will become eager to pursue degrees in physics and computer science和 eventually specialize in quantum information and computing fields.”