Connecting scientific research with
science education 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education internationally has been tasked to change how students learn at every level of education – more experiential learning about and through inquiry practises. Here at CLS we focus on building strong connections between science education and science research in our educational programming and resources. Our educational programs train researchers, engage students at all levels, and provide professional development for educators.

Our education programs provide youth the ability to do hands on learning while being immersed in the scientific process. We provide this opportunity to secondary students, post-secondary students, teachers, professors, and educators through various programs such as Student on the Beamlines, Light Source Student Experience, and Teacher Professional Development.

We are also developing the Undergraduate Research Program which offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to take part in their own research offered through a undergraduate course. For more information please contact our Education Programs Lead - Tracy Walker

What is a synchrotron?

A synchrotron is a source of brilliant light that scientists can use to gather information about the structural and chemical properties of materials at the molecular level.

A synchrotron produces light by using radio frequency waves and powerful electro-magnets to accelerate electrons to nearly the speed of light. Energy is added to the electrons as they accelerate so that, when the magnets alter their course, they naturally emit a very brilliant, highly focused light. Different spectra of light, such as Infrared, Ultraviolet, and X-rays, are directed down beamlines where researchers choose the desired wavelength to study their samples. The researchers observe the interaction between the light and matter in their sample at the endstations (small laboratories).

This tool can be used to probe matter and analyze a host of physical, chemical, geological, and biological processes. Information obtained by scientists can be used to help design new drugs, examine the structure of surfaces to develop more effective motor oils, build smaller, more powerful computer chips, develop new materials for safer medical implants, and help with the clean-up of mining wastes, to name just a few applications.

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How does a synchrotron work?

The Canadian Light Source Synchrotron is comprised of several components including the Electron Gun, Linear Accelerator, Booster Ring, and Storage Ring. Each of these sections contribute to producing a beam of synchrotron light, which is then harnessed in a beamline, using an optics hutch, experimental hutch and workstations. 

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What research is done at the CLS?

  • Plain language posters that describe research being conducted at the CLS are available for viewing and download. Click here to view the posters.
  • Case studies that highlight the science done at the CLS. Click here to view Science Highlights.


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Important Dates

  • Student on the Beamlines
    Next Submission
    October 1, 2018

Contact Us

Tracy Walker
Education Programs Lead 
Phone: 306-657-3525

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Coordinator

Phone: 306-657-3745

how can we help?

If you’re looking for information on how you can use CLS techniques in your research program, please contact us using this form.

Example queries may include: Feasibility around a potential experiment? A scientific problem we can help you solve? Is your question related to a specific technique? Do you want to know more about how to apply for beamtime?

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