Light Source Student Experience

Choose a topic, collect your samples, and
visit CLS to conduct an experiment.
Tell everyone you've used the brightest light in Canada! 

The Light Source Student Experience (LiSSE) is an engaging inquiry for secondary students to experience a synchrotron-based investigation of everyday science that is connected to curriculum. 

Dates for 2018/2019 School Year: TBA

How can your class take part in the Light Source Student Experience?

*Students must be 14 years of age or older to participate

  • Connect with the Education Team to schedule your half day morning or afternoon visit during available dates for a single class (maximum 36 people)
  • Select the investigation you wish to do based on the available topics
  • Use the information package to provide context for your students regarding chemistry related to the chosen topic, the synchrotron, the beamline and X-Ray Fluorescence so students can develop their scientific questions.
  • Collect and prepare your samples according to instructions
  • Visit CLS to run your experiment, explore the facility, and connect with staff about careers.
  • Analyze data that provides insight into relative concentrations of elements: K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Se, & Br
  • Provide feedback


Topics to choose from

Soil Science

Study difference in the soil students collect! Here are some questions that might help your students develop their experiment:

  • 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 affect the chemistry of soil?

Food Science

Ever wondered what is in your food? Students can take a look at the differences in the micro-nutrients of different vegetables and fruits! Here are some questions that might help your students develop their experiment:

  • How might the geographical location and difference in soil composition affect the chemical composition of coffee beans you can locally purchase?
  • How might the nutrients and related chemistry of locally grown or collected traditional plants compare to the chemistry of vitamin supplements?

If you are interested in participating, please contact us!


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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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