The Trump administration is launching a nationwide education partnership to expand k-12 Quantum Information Science (QIS) education opportunities with major companies and research institutions, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy said on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
Public-private partnerships with the National Science Foundation include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Boeing, Alphabet’s Google, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, The University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. The National Science Foundation will also offer a $1 million reward for QIS Education.
Part of the program is to help students understand quantum information topics before they go to college.
Last month, the White House announced a $75 million grant to new research institutes at three U.S. universities to promote quantum information research.
The goal of quantum computing is millions of times faster than today’s advanced supercomputers. Experts say the promising technology is still in its infancy and could have a major impact on healthcare, communications, financial services, transportation, artificial intelligence and weather forecasting.