This lesson introduces students to the field of quantum computing. They will also learn about the quantum concept superposition. This is a very different lesson from other WOW! lessons you may be familiar with. This kind of topic does not lend itself to multiple, educationally valuable, hands-on activities…but it is an opportunity for understanding a new concept. Students will review the base-10 number system, will gain a good understanding of the binary system, will be able to explain the difference between base-10 and binary systems, and will be able to see the expected value of quantum computers. *(Most appropriate for grade levels 6-8.)*

__Lesson Time__: 70 minutes

__Student Activity 1__: This activity has students working in small groups to become more familiar with the binary system and identifying numbers written in binary.

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Student Activity 2__: This activity is a whole class activity, working through a booklet together, as the become familiar with quantum science, quantum computing, and superposition.

__Group work__: Students will work in groups of 2-3 students. In order to save time, teachers are asked to create the groups before our Wizard arrives.

__Technology Standards__:

*6-8.ICT.3.b:** Analyze data collected or retrieved from a variety of digital learning tools and resources to determine if patterns or trends are present.*

*6-8.ST.3.c:** Analyze how technological innovations and inventions can have multiple applications, both intended and unintended.*

*6-8.DT.1.a:** Explore and document how technology can impact efficiency.*

*6-8.DT.1.b:** Analyze how tools, materials and processes are used to alter the natural and human-designed worlds.*

*6-8.DT.2.c:** Explain how innovation is the process of modifying an existing system or system element(s) to improve it.*

*6-8.DT.3.b:** Explain ways that invention and innovation within one field can transfer into other fields of technology.*

*6-8.DT.3.d:** Give examples of how changes in one part of a system can impact other parts of that system.*

__Math Standards__:

*7.SP.5**: Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring. Larger numbers indicate greater likelihood. A probability near 0* indicates an unlikely event; a probability around 1/2 indicates an event that is neither unlikely nor likely; and a probability near 1 indicates a likely event.