Students on the Beamlines

"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. 
I do and I understand." - Confucius

 

Students on the Beamlines (SotB) is an authentic and immersive science research experience for high school students. It is unique in that the students are the scientists 'driving' their own research – using Canada’s only synchrotron! Mentors help students develop research that is not demonstration, but that has potential to produce new information of interest to the scientific community.

CLS is proud to offer this innovative and award winning program. We gratefully acknowledge 9 years of funding from PromoScience (a program of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada). The Canadian Geological Foundation more recently provides additional funding for related projects. 

CLS was the winner of the Canadian Nuclear Foundation Education Award in 2012.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Teachers' Workshop 2018
    Summer of 2018
  • October 15, 2017
    Spring 2018 Educational Proposal submission date      
  • March 15, 2018
    Fall 2018 Educational Proposal submission date
  • Fall 2017 Shut Down Dates
    October 10 to November 22, 2017
  • Spring 2018 Shut Down Dates
    Late March 2018 - Beginning of May 2018

STUDENT ON THE BEAMLINES PROJECTS

STUDENT ON THE BEAMLINES POSTER COMPETITION

 

How to Get Started

Step One

Attend our annual Teachers' Workshop 
*Next Teachers' Workshop is Summer 2018*

This professional development opportunity introduces you to synchrotron techniques, how they connect to curricular outcomes, and you become familiar with the SotB program. It is a great professional development opportunity regardless of your intent to participate in SotB.

Those teachers who have attended the workshop are eligible to create their team of students (extra or co-curricular as is appropriate for your situation) and work with CLS staff and other scientists as mentors to develop your own novel research project. The program is intended for small groups of students (3-15) who are at least 14 years of age. Be prepared to spend several months developing a good science research project (geological, environmental, health, materials, etc) requiring synchrotron techniques to address and including a trip to the synchrotron in Saskatoon (minimum 4 days), ending with students communicating their results and experience through oral presentations, posters, and possibly an article.

Step Two

Submit an Educational Proposal
*Next submission is October 15th to bring students from January - June 2018*

The purpose of the educational proposal and review process is a way for CLS to be able to determine which schools to support for a SotB experience with limited resources. The proposal focuses on the broader impact that an SotB experience would bring to you, your students, and your community - science is a small part of it. We ask for an idea or ideas in what the students are interested in, not an experimental plan, because the project will evolve through the whole process as students narrow down on an appropriate scientific question where a synchrotron can help to answer it. Student must be 14 years of age or older to participate.

A rubric is used Students to score the education proposals. The rubric can be found at the end of the Education Proposal Information Package.

EDUCATION PROPOSAL INFORMATION PACKAGE EDUCATION PROPOSAL APPLICATION FORM

The Proposal Information Package guides you through the educational proposal process.
You will find questions and information to help you answer each section of the proposal.

Fill out the Education Proposal Application Form and send to us for review.
We will not consider any other form of submission except this application form. 
 

 

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Contact Us

Tracy Walker
Education Programs Lead 
 
Email:  tracy.walker@lightsource.ca
Phone: 306-657-3525

Anna-Maria Boechler 
Education Coordinator

Email:  anna-maria.boechler@lightsource.ca
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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