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.

2020 Dates

To be Announced

 

How can your students participate in LiSSE?

*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 information related to the chosen topic, the synchrotron, so students can prepare their scientific investigation.
  • Visit CLS to do your investigation, explore the facility, and connect with staff about careers.
  • Provide feedback
  • Funding for busing/transportation is available thanks to a grant by NSERC PromoScience

Available Topics

Soil Data Interpretation on IDEAS

Students will investigate the differences in soil from across the province by engaging in a problem based learning experience using data and information gathered by previous LiSSE students using the IDEAS beamline. Students will learn about the capabilities of the IDEAS beamline, what X-Ray fluorescence is and how it works, how to read and interpret data, and figure out a problem using data provided to them.

Science and Society

Ever wonder what it is like to go through the funding process for research? Your students can either be on the board which decides where funding is allocated or be scientists advocating for funding an experiment. Difference scenarios such as a new government in power, environmental disasters, or sudden medical breakthroughs will be introduced to the students which will sway their decisions and give a unique perspective on the day to day life of a scientist.

Soil Science

(Only available when there is beam)
*Students collect and prepare their on samples according to instructions to get insight into relative concentrations of elements: K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Se, & Br

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

(Only available when there is beam)
*Students collect and prepare their on samples according to instructions to get insight into relative concentrations of elements: K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Se, & Br

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?

Crop Science

(Only available when there is beam)
*Students collect and prepare their on samples according to instructions to get insight into relative concentrations of elements: K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, As, Se, & Br

Investigate the difference between any of the following crop seeds: alfalfa, barley, canary, canola, chickpeas, flax, green peas, hemp seeds, mustard seeds, oats, red lentil, wheat, and wild rice. Here are some questions that might help your students develop their experiment:

  • How might the nutrients and related chemistry of crop seeds compare between food crops, feed crops, fiber crops, and oil crops? 
  • How might the geographical location and different environmental conditions impact the chemical composition of your crop seeds? 

If you are interested in participating, please contact us!

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