Canadian Light Source – Student Experience

Choose a topic, collect your samples, and visit the CLS to conduct your experiment!

This new program provides an engaging opportunity for secondary students to experience a scientific investigation connected to curriculum. Visit for available dates.


Food Science – How might geographic location and differences in soil composition affect the elemental composition, (particularly nutrients) of coffee beans you can purchase locally?
How might the nutrients and related chemistry of locally-grown or collected traditional plants compare with the chemistry of vitamin supplements?

Soil Science – How might chemical composition of soils differ based on the ecozone from which they were collected?
How does chemistry change between each horizon of soil from the same ecozone?
How does exposure to human activity such as simulated agricultural runoff or simulated acid rain affect the chemistry of soils?


PDF version of this opportunity here: Light Source Student Experience

PD – Canadian Light Source Teacher’s Worskhop

Teacher’s Workshop
Canadian Light Source

August 21-23, 2017
Saskatoon, SK

Connect classroom science with scientific research! This workshop is an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current Canadian scientific research with hands-on activities at one of Canada’s biggest research facilities. Each year we open our doors to the nation’s science teachers, providing them the unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in synchrotron experiments
  • Learn about novel research in many disciplines
  • Network with scientists who share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Explore the entire facility
  • Make connections to science curriculum

CLS provides an exciting, real-life context for many of the outcomes expected in the science classroom.

See the Canadian Light Source page for more details.

The Teachers’ Workshop also provides the necessary training for your students to be able to participate in the award winning Students on the Beamlines program.