The CLS is located on Treaty Six land in the traditional territories of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinabek, Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, and the homeland of the Métis. As educators, we respect Indigenous Ways of Knowing and oral traditions. We dedicate ourselves to moving forward in the spirit of partnership, reconciliation, and collaboration.

Connecting Scientific Research with Science Education

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education internationally has been tasked to change how students learn at every level of education, with more experiential learning and inquiry practises. and with greater integration of different ways of knowing.

The CLS Education Team focuses on building strong connections between science learning and science research in our educational programming and resources. We aim to provide a hands-on immersive experience for students and educators to engage our participants in the scientific process. Our educational programs train the next generation of researchers and decision makers, engage students at middle years levels and older, connect to Indigenous Ways of Knowing where possible, and provide professional development opportunities for educators. Take a look at the list below and we would be happy to answer any questions you have. 

NSERC (logo in image) supports our hands-on science, Indigenous, and teacher professional development  Education Programs at the CLS. Many of the programs described here are made possible through a PromoScience grant. We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Nous remercions le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada (CRSNG) de son soutien.

What's Happening in Education?

Looking for land-based science? Check out our TREE program and contribute to citizen science! Participation is open year round and is free!

Looking for career resources? Explore interviews with staff members from across the facility to hear about what they do at the CLS, how they handle stress, and much more!

Follow our Education Team on Facebook to check out events, cool resources, and see what students get up to while engaging with us!

What's Happening in CLS Education right now? Check out our Sparking Ideas newsletter, highlighing how we partnered with MentorSTEP, to interweave Indigenous Ways of Knowing and mainstream Science.

*Due to the pandemic, all our programs are virtual at this time.*

Programs We Offer:

Indigenous Engagement

  High School, Adult Basic Education, or Educators
  Various Options
  Virtual, On-site, or In Person

CLS Education offers Indigenous Outreach Programs, with this image showing an Indigenous youth with his Students on the Beamline certificate.

CLS Education is striving to develop ways to weave Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous perspectives with mainstream Science. We aim to empower students and educators, with curiosity and exploration central to this approach. We currently offer two Indigenous-focused programs, Indigenous PD, resources for Indigenous Connections, and we welcome new relationships as we continue to develop our programs!

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High School

Students on the Beamline

  High School (students aged 14+)
  From 6 months to 2 years
  Virtual and On-site

High school students on the mezzanine at CLS, after presenting their research as part of the Students on the Beamline program.

Students on the Beamlines (SotB) is an opportunity for high school students to "DO" science. As they go through the scientific process, they make the decisions and create a novel research project. Mentors and experts provide advice to help students develop their research, but ultimately the students are the scientists and drive their own research.

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  High School or Adult Basic Education
  Workshop or Multi-year
  Virtual and/or On-site

The CLS Education team provides opportunities for educators and students to look at Arctic Fox (shown in image), Indigenous Knowledge, and mainstream science.

The Arctic Fox Project is a science adventure that engages teachers, students, and Indigenous communities by creating a unique opportunity to integrate hunting and trapping skills, synchrotron science, mainstream Science principles, and Traditional Knowledge. This project combines Traditional Knowledge and synchrotron light to allow the Arctic animals to teach us more about them.

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  High School or Adult Basic Education
  Workshop or Multi-year
  Virtual and/or On-site

The Bison Project with the CLS Education Team provides students and educators the opportunity to learn about bison (shown in image), Indigenous Knowledge, and mainstream science.

The Bison Project integrates Traditional Knowledge and mainstream Science in a transformative research experience for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) students. It seeks to reclaim and preserve the central and momentous historical contributions of FNMI women towards saving the Bison from extinction. Students participate in land-based sample gathering, timeline development, and CLS beamline experiments exploring elemental mapping of Bison hair and grazing soil.

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Light Source Student Experience

  High School or Middle Years
  Flexible Timeframes
  Virtual and/or On-site

Students looking at an user sample as part of a career talk with their field trip with a light source student experience (LiSSE) at CLS.

Light Source Student Experience (LiSSE) is an engaging opportunity for students to investigate everyday things such as soil, fruit, or decision making - but using the CLS and making connections classroom curriculum. Beam LiSSE and Problem-Based LiSSE are available, with each including a tour of the facility and the opportunity for students to hear from CLS staff on their careers. Lessons and resources are provided to help provide background knowledge for the class.

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TREE Project

  High School or Middle Years
  Flexible Timeframes
  Land-Based, Distance Learning

Student sampling a trembling aspen tree, which is used as part of the citizen science TREE program.

Students from across Canada are invited to be a part of the Trans-Canadian Research and Environmental Education (TREE) citizen science project. This research investigates trembling aspen in relation to the environmental history of the area where it grows. There are learning modules and activities designed to engage students in STEM, social studies, and Indigenous perspectives. Detailed information is available to make TREE easily adaptable to connect with curriculum across many subjects in Grades 6-12. Contribute your samples to a tree-ring research research collaboration!

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Post-Secondary

  Post-Secondary Students
  Various Options
  Virtual and On-site

Undergraduate students presenting their science posters and synchrotron research to CLS staff members, as part of the post-secondary programs with the Education Team.

Our Post-Secondary Education Programs offer opportunities for post-secondary students to take part in synchrotron research offered through a course. This program is flexible and we work with instructors to ensure the student experience meets the intended outcomes for learning. This may look unique to each learning experience and we can adapt from previously created examples such as an Integrated Project, Lab Based Experience, or Group Research Project.

Post-Secondary Opportunities

Professional Development

Teachers' Workshops

  For Educators
  3 days to 5 days
  Virtual and/or On-site

Teachers from across Canada learning about tree rings as part of a session delivered in a CLS Teachers' Workshop.

The CLS offers virtual and in-person professional development opportunities, most notably, our annual CLS Teachers' Workshop and SotB Training! We can also come to your school or organization. These opportunities provide educators with inquiry-based pedagogy and ways to connect current research to (primarily) science classroom curricula, with hands-on experiences where possible. Check out our seminars (below) to find Indigenous-Focused PD, different topic options, and pre-recorded STEM seminars.

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Seminars

  For Educators and Students
  Flexible Timeframes
  On-site, In Person, or Virtual

A screenshot from a virtual seminar on what a synchrotron is, delivered during a CLS Teachers' Workshop.

There are many ways that the CLS can support professional development opportunities for educators and extended learning for students. We will work with you to bring a seminar to your professional development workshop, conference, convention, or class. We offer a wide-range of seminar topics, including many with Indigenous-focused content. Browse our list of available topics to get you started and we would be happy to connect!

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Lessons and Resources

Visit our Virtual Classroom to find tools that you can use in your classroom, including a repository of science, STEM, and Indigenous lessons and resources. 

Meet the Team

General Inquiries: education@lightsource.ca

Find us on Facebook: @EducationCLS

 

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