The Quantum Quest (2020)

The Quantum Quest is a web class for high school students, organized by QuSoft, the University of Amsterdam, and the Quantum Software Consortium.

The quantum computer is a computer of the future. Instead of working with bits that have two states (0 and 1), quantum computers work with quantum bits which can be in an infinite number of possible states. They can solve certain difficult problems much faster than we know using ordinary computers and also pave the way for new scientific explorations. Researchers at universities and in industry are working hard to build this fascinating device. But how does a quantum computer actually work and how can it be programmed?

Starting October 30, 2020, we will take you on a four-week adventure to learn the basics of quantum computing. By the end of it, you will understand what quantum bits and quantum algorithms are and what they are good for. Please contact Mees de Vries with any organizational questions. We will update this page with more information soon.

Registration is now open. Please sign up here!

The deadline for registration is October 12, 2020.

Throughout this course, we will stay in touch via Discord. There, you will have the opportunity to meet your fellow students, and we will offer live Q&A sessions to discuss any questions that you might have. We will also use an online platform called Canvas, where you can submit your homework solutions.

We also recorded some videos for you so that you can learn more about the web class and get to know some of the researchers at QuSoft.


Most of us do not have a quantum computer to experiment with. In this course we will use a quantum simulator called Quirky which runs right in your web browser.

Start Quirky


You will soon be able to download the updated lecture notes here.

Read the 2018 lecture notes