Teachers' Workshop

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

Connect classroom science with scientific research! This workshop is an opportunity for science educators to learn more about current Canadian scientific research with hands-on activities at one of Canada's biggest research facilities. Each year, we connect with the nation's educators, providing them the unique opportunity to:

  • Participate in synchrotron experiments
  • Lean about novel research in many disciplines
  • Network with scientists who will share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Explore the entire facility
  • Make connections to science curriculum, and more!

CLS provides an exciting, real-life context for many of the outcomes expected in any science classroom. 

The Teachers' Workshop provides the necessary training to participate in the award winning
Students on the Beamlines program.

Examples of Practical Hands-On Sessions:

  • IDEAS in Action
    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

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


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.

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.

Some ideas of what we can do for you:

  • A presentation explaining what a synchrotron is and how it works
  • An overview of educational opportunities available at the CLS for students and/or educators
  • Doing “real” science: How authentic scientific inquiry has been successful with high school students
  • A presentation on synchrotron research of particular interest to educators
  • A workshop drawing connections between your curriculum and synchrotron light production and/or synchrotron research

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.

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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?