Your First Quantum Board Game - Entanglion

Entanglion is a cooperative two-player board game designed to help students better understand quantum computing.

Entanglion Board Game
Entanglion Board Game in progress


  • College / University students
  • Secondary/high school students: Ages 14-19
  • Middle grade students enthusiastic about board games: Ages 11-14
  • Anyone interested in learning about quantum computing in a fun way

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Expose players to the different kinds of hardware and software components involved in building a real quantum computer, such as dilution refrigerators and magnetic shielding.
  • Entanglion also exposes players to the different kinds of hardware and software components involved in building a real quantum computer.

Why is this topic important?

  • Quantum computers are incredibly powerful machines that take a new approach to processing information. Quantum computers still have a ways to go before they become powerful enough to use in mainstream applications, and students who are in middle and high school right now will be among the first generation of ‘quantum-first’ programmers
  • The computers we use today are known as classical computers. They’ve been a driving force in the world for decades -- advancing everything from healthcare to how we shop. There are certain problems that classical computers will simply never be able to efficiently solve, hence the need for quantum computers.

What do I need to know about this activity?

  • This activity is ideal for volunteers who are familiar with board games and are comfortable teaching how to play board games to students. No background in quantum computing is required.
  • The game is fun to play!
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.
  • Share your thoughts and questions with other IBMers in the #entanglion channel on Slack

Activity resources

This kit includes the volunteer start guide and a presentation

We recommend a few resources for learning more about quantum computing.

  • Consider reading the materials in Quantum Computing Basics as part of your preparation
  • IBM Q Experience Beginner’s Guide by IBM Research
  • Q is for Quantum by T. Rudolph
  • Quantum Computing for Computer Scientists by N. Yanofsky and M. Mannucci
  • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by M. A. Nielsen and I. L. Chuang
  • Quantum Computer Science: An Introduction by N. D. Mermin
  • Quantum Computing Since Democritus by S. Aaronson
  • As you work with students on various STEM topics, IBM developerWorks TV has a range of relevant, helpful videos and resources. See
  • Frequently Asked Questions about volunteer activity kits

Get all kit resources

Languages available:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish (L.A.)

More kits like this