What started it all: our teacher professional development. Our Education Programs would not be where they are today without the countless educators that have walked through our doors or connected virtually for a session. We are pleased to continue to support educators across Canada, and internationally, with PD sessions. We aim to help inspire educators’ own curiosity in STEM topics and with Indigenous Ways of Knowing and help spark new ideas for the classroom. Hear from a few of these educators in our Testimonial section below.



The vision and mandate of the CLS Education programs: STEM, Indigenous Ways, and Student Inquiry

We currently offer:

  • Annual Teachers’ Workshop = now called Educators’ Science Projects
  • Workshops providing the necessary training for our Students on the Beamline Program
  • Indigenous-Focused Teacher PD
  • Workshops delivered to you (virtually or in-person) on a variety of CLS & synchrotron topics

We are also happy to engage with you or your organization to develop something to suit your needs. Contact us for more info.

NSERC provides funding for the CLS Education Programs

The Canadian Light Source is proud to offer professional development opportunities and we acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PromoScience to make this possible.



“This was an inspiring trip that really had four strengths – access to a world-class science facility; interaction with the scientists doing the work; hands-on experiences & lessons; and promoting networking among teachers from across the country. I left the three day experience with a strong to desire to bring students back to conduct research. My experiences at the Canadian Light Source have transformed my perspectives as a science educator”


“I was fortunate to attend a teacher workshop at the Canadian Light Source. I was apprehensive because I was dipping my toes into a field of study that I had little experience in… physics. I had little to be worried about. Yes, there’s lots to know, but the CLS staff did a fabulous job of explaining the basics behind the synchrotron and even more remarkably, made me want to learn even more about physics. One of my favorite parts of the workshop was meeting with the different scientists and learning about what they were using the synchrotron for. I quickly found out that the synchrotron is used for research in many different scientific fields. This was my first exposure to the interdisciplinary science.”


“I learned a lot of great information and it helped me to gain a deeper understanding for some of the topics I have to teach in my high school science program. It motivated to me to keep working on educating myself so that it will help me to be a better teacher. I am now developing a science club which will be offered as an extra-curricular program after learning about Student on the Beamlines.”


“Thank you for an insight to Indigenous Teaching. Honestly I have no idea about it before and now I am looking up to my classrooms in quite a different way. I do have some students from tribal regions of my country where female are not encouraged to pursue the education for some reasons. And now I would be more careful to have them fully engaged in my classroom thru TKK and other strategies you talked about.”


What have you used in your teaching practice?

“The method of inquiry learning. Students need to be capable of identifying a problem, planning a course of experimental action, do the experiment and be able to present results.”

Educators’ Science Projects 2021

Teachers participating in STEM-related CLS teacher PD Teachers conducting a soil experiment during their CLS Educator Science ProjectTeachers participating in our virtual teachers'/educators' PD workshop on STEM and Science Research

Meet a Scientist - Learn the Research - Participate in an Experiment - Connect to Curriculum

Connect classroom science with scientific research! Our Educators' Science Projects (EdSciP) are an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current scientific research with hands-on activities at one of Canada's biggest research facilities. Here is what we have up and coming! Please note all our PD workshops are delivered in English.

Want to take a peek at our previous Teachers' Workshop agendas?

2020 | 2019 | 2018

Virtual August Project
When: August 9th - 13th, 2021
Where: Virtual - On Zoom
Theme: Chemistry, Physics, & Environmental Sciences
using Soil Samples YOU Collect (instructions provided)
Cost: FREE!!
Agenda: Meeting for 2 Sessions Each Day, delivered in English

*Our workshop is full and registration has closed. If you are interested in being on a waiting list for the August workshop, please contact us. Stay tuned for our promotion of our December 2021 Educator Project on Biology & Health Sciences! 


In Person (Tentative) December Project


When: December 6th - 8th, 2021
Where: In Person - At CLS, if possible
Theme: Biology & Health Sciences
using Berry Samples YOU Collect (instructions provided)
Cost: $250 - includes lunches, snack breaks, & one supper; $450 - includes accommodations
Agenda: TBD (View previous agendas or About Our Projects Below

*Space is limited to ensure strong collaboration and participation. Our application form will open in the coming months. Stay tuned!

About Our Educator Projects

Previously known as our annual Teachers’ Workshop, our Educators' Science Projects (EdSciP) are a way for educators to receive hands-on experience connecting STEM with Indigenous Ways of Knowing, science research, inquiry education, and a synchrotron. Each Project has a theme but has similar components. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in synchrotron experiments
  • Learn about novel research in many disciplines
  • Network with scientists who will share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Explore the entire facility
  • Engage in Indigenous approaches or Traditional Knowledge, where appropriate
  • Make real-life connections to science curriculum, and more!




An EdSciP is the first step necessary in training to participate in the award winning
Students on the Beamlines program. A follow-up session completes the required training.


Examples of Practical Hands-On Sessions:

  • IDEAS in Action: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
    Investigate chemical differences in samples collected by participants
  • Crystals and Diffraction: Biology
    Prep the sample and view the structure of a protein crystal from synchrotron data
  • Anatomy of a Beamline: Light and Optics
    Look deeper as how a beamline works



Examples of Topics Typically Covered:

  • How exactly does this state-of-the art machine produce its brilliant light? 
  • The Grand Tour - See this magnificent facility up-close and personal! 
  • The basis of synchrotron research techniques
  • Guest speakers in up and coming scientific research

Teachers playing with our Light & Optics kit for Indigenous Science PD CLS Indigenous Coordinator delivering a virtual science workshopTeachers networking during a CLS teachers'/educators' PD workshop on STEM and Science Research

The CLS Education Team has been working to create unique Indigenous Educational experiences for both educators and students. We aim to integrate STEM with Indigenous Ways of Knowing and connect to educators and students through experiential and inquiry practices. We weave in Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions, and Western Science into various opportunities from resources and lesson plans, to PD sessions ranging from 1-6 hours (examples listed below), to custom Educator Workshops, and more! Check out our Indigenous Engagement Projects or contact us to learn more.

We can support professional development opportunities for educators and students, focusing in on Indigenous teachings. These workshop sessions are typically around 60 minutes long but can be adapted to suit your needs. They can be delivered virtually or in-person, where appropriate. If you are interested in any of the sessions, for yourself, your colleagues, your organization or with your students, please click on the registration link at the bottom and we will be happy to follow up to you!


→ Resource Management - Arctic Fox
→ Resource Management - Bison Herd
→ Role of First Nation and Métis Women in Saving the Bison from Extinction
→ Science of Making Bannock (with Traditional Teachings, Chemistry, and Physics
→ Beading & Math Medallion
→ Soil Analysis
→ Agricultural Production
→ Light Refraction
→ Careers in Science & Research
→ How to See Yourself in Science
→ Food Sovereignty
→ What is a Synchrotron
→ Teacher Professional Development
       → Science Classroom Patterns of Behaviour
       → Traditional Knowledge-Family Structure 
       → Integrating Traditional Knowledge and Western Science


CLS Education staff delivering workshop at science & Indigenous conference Teachers participating in a hands-on science workshop at CLSVirtual teacher & educator workshop on what is a synchrotron

We Can Come to You!

There are many ways that the Canadian Light Source can support professional development opportunities for educators. Contact us and we will work with you to bring a session to your professional development workshop, conference, or convention. As resources permit, the session may be in-person or by remote presentation. We also have recorded STEM Seminars for you to check out!

Some ideas of what we can do for you:

  • A presentation explaining light production and research at a synchrotron, drawing connections to various science curriculum
  • Science topics including (but not limited to):
  •        →Soil Analysis
           →Agricultural Production
           → Light and Optics
           →Food Sovereignty
           →Robotics, Engineering, Machines
           →Careers in Science & Research (check out our Career Corner)
           →How to See Yourself in Science
  • A presentation on synchrotron research of particular interest to educators (Check out CLS News stories for research ideas)
  • A presentation on how Traditional Knowledge and Western Science work together
  • A workshop drawing connections between your curriculum and synchrotron light production and/or synchrotron research
  • Doing “real” science: How authentic scientific inquiry has been successful with high school students

There are many ways that the science curriculum and CLS research/technology can be connected. We can plan topics and ideas that will fit with your event and your desired outcomes. Connect with us and we would be happy to discuss.

STEM Seminar Series

STEM Seminar Series is a series of virtual seminars held throughout the year that provide insight into science research or how science research connects into the classroom. You'll hear from a scientist or teacher talk about their research, teaching, or experiences. This is a free online event and open to everyone.


Want to see previous talks? You can view the previous seminars on our YouTube channel! Many of these talks are great supplements to concepts shared throughout our Education Programs and help support connecting science research and science education. Click below to see what seminars and topics have been provided.

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