There are many ways that the Canadian Light Source 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. Browse our list of available topics to get you started and we would be happy to connect! These sessions maybe be offered in-person, either at CLS or your location, or we would be happy to connect to you virtually. We also have a few recorded STEM seminars you can access below.

NSERC (logo in image) supports virtual connections with students, educators, and teachers with the CLS Education Team.The Canadian Light Source is proud to offer seminars for educators and students and we acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PromoScience to make this possible.

Topics

Depending on the audience and context of the seminar, we can discuss various aspects within these topics and tailor our message to suit your needs. We are also not restricted to these topics. If you are interested in having a seminar, please contact the Education Team and we can set something up!

Synchrotron Topics
  • What is a Synchrotron (With connections to your curriculum, synchrotron light production, and/or synchrotron research)
  • Light & Optics: Reflection, Refraction, & Diffraction (Yes for younger students too!)
  • Robotics, Engineering, Machines
Science Research
  • Various Research Areas: Advanced Materials, Agriculture, Environment and Health (Check out CLS News Stories for research ideas and connect with the team for details)
  • Soil Analysis (Chemistry-focus or graphing; also connects to the Periodic Table)
  • The Periodic Table & Research at CLS (Connects to soil but also much more)
  • Agricultural Production
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Careers in Science & Research (Check out our Career Corner for examples)
  • Indigenous Leadership in Science
Indigenous-Focused Content for Students
  • Indigenous Terminology, Tokenism, and Appropriation
  • Oral Education, Family Dynamics, and Teaching Science
  • Developing Indigenous Engagement Policy, Protocols, and Projects
  • Science Classroom Management and Elder Protocol
  • Resource Management: Arctic Fox
  • Resource Management: Bison Herd
  • Bison HERstory: Role of First Nation and Métis Women in Saving the Bison from Extinction
  • Science of Making Bannock (With Traditional Teachings, Chemistry, and Physics themes)
  • Beading & Math Medallion (Unit Conversion)
Synchrotron Topics
  • What is a Synchrotron (With connections to your curriculum, synchrotron light production, and/or synchrotron research)
  • Light & Optics: Reflection, Refraction, & Diffraction
  • Robotics, Engineering, Machines
  • Techniques used in Synchrotron Research & How they Connect to STEM Curriculum
Science Research
  • Various Research Areas: Advanced Materials, Agriculture, Environment and Health (Check out CLS News Stories for research ideas)
  • Soil Analysis or Fruit & Vegetable Analysis and Connecting to STEM curriculum
  • Agricultural Production
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Careers in Science & Research (Check out our Career Corner for examples)
  • Indigenous Leadership in Science
  • Citizen Science Opportunity: How Your Students can Contribute to Environmental Research in TREE
Education-Related Topics
  • Doing “Real” Science: How Scientific Inquiry has been Successful with High School Students
  • Science of Making Bannock (With Traditional Teachings, Chemistry, and Physics themes; with Lesson Plan)
  • Beading & Math Medallion (Unit Conversion & Lesson Plan)
  • Inquiry-based Teaching & Learning Across Disciplines
  • Connecting with Researchers and/or Facilities to Bring Science into Your Classroom
  • Science and Society: Ways to Showcase Them in the Classroom
Indigenous-Focused Content for Educators
  • Indigenous Terminology, Tokenism, and Appropriation
  • Oral Education, Family Dynamics, and Teaching Science
  • Developing Indigenous Engagement Policy, Protocols, and Projects
  • Science Classroom Management and Elder Protocol
  • Resource Management: Arctic Fox
  • Resource Management: Bison Herd
  • Bison HERstory: Role of First Nation and Métis Women in Saving the Bison from Extinction
Synchrotron, Science Research, & Indigenous Ways of Knowing
  • Soil Analysis
  • Berry Analysis
  • Agricultural Production
  • Food Sovereignty
Indigenous Role Models
  • Careers in Science & Research (Check out our Career Corner for examples)
  • Indigenous Leadership in Science
Indigenous-Focused Content
  • Indigenous Terminology, Tokenism, and Appropriation
  • Oral Education, Family Dynamics, and Teaching Science
  • Developing Indigenous Engagement Policy, Protocols, and Projects
  • Science Classroom Management and Elder Protocol
  • Resource Management: Arctic Fox
  • Resource Management: Bison Herd
  • Bison HERstory: Role of First Nation and Métis Women in Saving the Bison from Extinction
  • Science of Making Bannock (With Traditional Teachings, Chemistry, and Physics themes; with Lesson Plan)
  • Beading & Math Medallion (Unit Conversion & Lesson Plan)

Register

If you would like to book a seminar in, please contact the Education Team and let us know what you are looking for, who the audience is, and any kind of timeframe you are looking at so we can see if it works. As well, there are many ways that the science curriculum and CLS research/technology can be connected. If you don’t see what you are looking for, we would be happy to connect and discuss. We can plan topics and ideas that will fit with your event and your desired outcomes.

STEM Seminars

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.

SEMINARS DATES AND TIMES TBD

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.