**A total of 289 students from over 100 high schools worldwide participated in the 2023 edition of Quantum Quest. Congratulations to all participants! The next edition will take place in or before Fall 2025.**

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?

In the five-week online course **Quantum Quest**, you will explore what makes quantum computers so special, solve tricky puzzles in a team and learn the mathematics of real quantum algorithms. The Quantum Quest is a math course for motivated high school students, or early university (STEM) students. See the course page for all details.

**There are two ways to follow (or teach!) the Quest:**

- By using the course materials and the Quirky simulator for yourself, which are always freely available.
- Every two years, students between 16-20 years old can join the Open Online Course together with other participants from all over the world.

Courses are jointly organised by the QuSoft research centre in Amsterdam and the Cluster of Excellence CASA of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. See the calendar for an example schedule of the most recent edition.

**This is what awaits you:**

- A free, five-week course for students aged 16-20.
- Opening ceremony in early November
- Every week you solve a quest
- Flexible learning with videos, Discord server, and interactive live meetings
- Certificate of participation and prizes at the end of the course
- Graduation ceremony in late December

The Quantum Quest is thankful for support by the Quantum Software Consortium, Quantum Delta NL and the Cluster of Excellence Cyber Security in the Age of Large-Scale Adversaries.