About CLS Educational Programs
The goal of the CLS educational programs is to make scientific research using synchrotron techniques accessible to everyone. Our educational programs train researchers, engage students at all levels, and provide professional development for educators.
The Synchrotron and Some Research Conducted Here
- Learn about what a synchrotron is, how the CLS synchrotron works and the benefits of synchrotron research in Canada.
- The synchrotron is comprised of several components including the Electron Gun, Linear Accelerator, Booster Ring, and Storage Ring. Each of these sections contributes to producing a beam of synchrotron light, which is then harnesed for research in a beamline, using an optics hutch, experimental hutch and work stations.
- Learn more about the different components of a synchrotron.
- Plain language posters that describe research being conducted at the CLS are available for viewing and download. Click here to view the posters.
Educators: For a list of research stories and which poster to find them on, download this PDF.
- Case studies that highlight the science done at the CLS. Click here to view Science Highlights.
Programs and Events
This developing program offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to take part in their own synchrotron research offered through an undergraduate course. For more information please contact our Education Programs Lead - Tracy Walker.
This school-based program offers opportunities for high school students to design and participate in their own synchrotron experiments with the help from their teachers and CLS mentors. For more information please contact us.
This new program is an engaging inquiry for secondary students to experience a synchrotron-based investigation of everyday science that is connected to curriculum.
Looking for a speaker at your profession development day? We can come out and provide information about our programming, events, and the synchrotron.
The CLS also offers an in-house professional development opportunity for teachers called the Teachers' Workshop. This program provides teachers with knowledge and resources for their classroom practice, as well as familiarity with the synchrotron facility, techniques, and safety training required for beamline use. To participate in Students on the Beamlines, a teacher supervisor must attend the annual Teachers' Workshop.
Activities and lesson plans designed for classroom use connected to science curricular goals and outcomes.
Members of CLS staff were interviewed about their education and career path that led them to the CLS. These short videos are a great resource to share with students.
Education Programs Lead