Tyner Students Showcase Tech Savvy with ‘Friendship Detectors’ at World Quantum Day Event

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Students at the EPB Future Ready Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy showcase their creations built using machine learning.
Students at the EPB Future Ready Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy demonstrate their machine learning-powered inventions.

Students at the EPB Future Ready Institute of Technology and Networking at Tyner Academy impressed attendees on May 7 with their creations–‘Friendship Detectors’ built using machine learning. The event capped a six-week-long  commemoration highlighting Quantum Day.

Following a brief program featuring remarks from educational leaders, EPB representatives, and the Chattanooga Quantum Collaborative (CQC), students demonstrated their machine learning-powered inventions.

Prior to the showcase, students had the opportunity to learn from a leading expert in the field. Qubitekk CTO and Founder Duncan Earl presented a comprehensive introduction to quantum technology, followed by a hands-on demonstration that directly related to the projects the students would present.

The tiny world of atoms and particles, the very building blocks of our universe, is governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. This branch of physics has empowered scientists and engineers to create revolutionary technologies that impact our daily lives. A prime example lies in the semiconductor chips that power our smartphones and computers. These chips rely on the principles of quantum mechanics to function.

Last Tuesday’s event, held at the EPB Future Ready Institute, 6836 Tyner Road, underscored the importance of preparing students for the emerging field of quantum technology.

Those offering remarks at the event included: Dr. Justin Robertson, Hamilton County Schools superintendent; John Paul Creel, a teacher at Tyner Academy; Michael Stone, Public Education Foundation vice president of Innovative Learning; J.Ed. Marston, EPB vice president of Strategic Communications; and Danna Bailey, CQC chief communications officer.

Dr. Tiffany Earvin, principal of Tyner Academy, sees a clear link between science education and student success. “Science is a major component of what we do here at Tyner Academy,” she said. “So we want our students to really be engaged in what they can become by looking at how we utilize science in the everyday world.”