2020

Investigation into Peas, Soil, a Herbicide, and Runoff
Meadowridge School
Maple Ridge, BC

Curiosity stimulated by conflicting research reports about how commercial herbicides work, these students applied herbicide to snow peas in varying concentrations to examine the chemistry involved in the soil, roots, stems, leaves, and resulting runoff using the IDEAS beamline.

Effect of Bioaccumulation of Lead and Zinc on Flax Plants
Balmoral Hall School
Winnipeg, MB

Students from Balmoral Hall were interested in finding a way they could remove heavy metals, in particular lead, from their local soil. They used soil with various concentrations of lead and zinc and using the IDEAS beamline they were able to examine the impact their solution had on heavy metals in flax roots, stems, and leaves.

Speciation and Quantity of Arsenic in Rice from Various Geographical Regions
Webber Academy
Calgary, AB

Webber Academy students compared processed rice samples, that have been grown from regions known for having high levels of pollution, to examine the presence of arsenic and other heavy metals in rice varieties using the IDEAS beamline.

Hold the Salt: The Uptake of NaCl and CaCl2 in Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass
Bishop Carroll High School
Calgary, AB

Students from Bishop Carroll High School were interested in the impact two different types of road salts have on heavy metal uptake in grass species commonly grown in Calgary. By using the IDEAS beamline, these students were able to examine how the different concentrations of their salt solutions impacted the health of the plant.

There's Something Funny in the Honey: Analysis of Heavy Metals in Honey
Notre Dame High School
Calgary, AB

Could honey be used as an bioindicator of a region's health? This was a question students from Notre Dame High School investigated using the IDEAS beamline. They collected Canadian honey samples, donated to them by commercial and private beekeepers, and analyzed heavy metal presence and speciation.

Are Mussels Good for our Muscles?
Halifax Grammar School
Halifax, NS

Blue Mussels or Mytilus Edulis are a common part of many Canadian diets and these high school students from Halifax Grammar School are interested in the chemistry of the soft tissues of these organisms. The students used the BioXAS beamline to map out the edible parts of mussels to see if there was any presence of heavy metals linked to poisoning.

Control Your Tember: Oxidation of Trivalent Chromium in Burned Chromated Copper Arsenate Pressure-Treated Lumber
Sundre High School
Sundre, AB

Building on their research from their previous visit, students from Sundre High School investigated if chromium speciation is temperature dependent. CCA pressure-treated lumber was used in many residential construction and during the Fort MacMurray fires, the presence of toxic chromium (VI) was found. With the help of the Mistik Askiwin Dendrochronology Lab, these students burned CCA wood at various temperatures and used the IDEAS beamline to see if temperature causes chromium to change from (III) to (VI).

 

 

 

2019

Selenite and Selenate Impact on Red Wigglers
Evan Hardy Collegiate Institute
Saskatoon, SK

Students investigated how selenite and selenate are changed and distributed in red wigglers after being fed a solution of selenite or selenate for a few weeks by using XRF-Imaging and XANES on the IDEAS beamline.

Off Road: A Study of Heavy Metals in Highway-Side Soil
Pensionnat du St-Nom-de-Marie
Outremont, QC

Students collected soil, snow, and grass from the side of the Oka route, which is located on the outskirts of Montreal, as well as green spaces located near major streets within the city of Montreal to look at heavy metals such as copper and chromium, using the IDEAS beamline.

The Effect of Metal Ion Concentration on the Flammability of White Spruce Trees
Bishop Grandin High School
Calgary, AB

Students from Bishop Grandin High School were inspired by the Fort McMurray fire of 2017 when investigating the flammability of White Spruce trees commonly found in the boreal forest. Students watered their White Spruce trees with aqueous solutions of Zinc, Copper, Lead, or Manganese and used the IDEAS beamline to see how these metals impacted with White Spruce trees. 

Dendrochemistry of Gymnosperm Trees Affected by Forest Fires
St. Thomas More Collegiate
Burnaby, BC

Students investigated the differences in chemical composition of Douglas Fir that have and have not been exposed to forest fires using the IDEAS beamline and MAD Lab at the University of Saskatchewan.

Creating Microfludic Devices
Verna J. Kirkness Science & Engineering Program
Saskatoon, SK

Students used computer aided design (CAD) software to design microfluidic devices and with the assistance of beamline scientists, used equipment in the SyLMAND beamline to create these devices which could have medical applications as stints in blood vessels. 

Fungal Remediation of Hexavalent Chromium in Contaminated Soil
Sundre High School
Sundre, AB

These students were inspired to look into how bread mould could help remediate toxic chromium found in soil locations where the Fort McMurray fire of 2017 occurred. Chromium Copper Arsenate (CCA) treated lumber had been used in residential construction and during the burning process of the fire, the toxic chromium was suspected to have been transferred to the soil. 

Effects of UV Radiation on Transition Metal Uptake in Succulents, Tomatoes, and Ribbon Plants
Sentinel Secondary School
Vancouver, BC

Students explored the relationship between ultraviolet light and the uptake of manganese and copper in various succulents, tomatoes, and ribbon plants. The plants were exposed to varying radiation exposure conditions and were tested using the IDEAS beamline. 

Impact Industrial Processes on Heavy Metals in Greater Toronto Area Soil
SHAD University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Students used the IDEAS beamline to investigate the impact industrial processes from corporations, mills, and transportation activities have on the prevalence of heavy metals in soil from Toronto and the surrounding area (known as the Greater Toronto Area).  

Creosote Contamination and Mobility in Soil
Carlton Comprehensive Public High School
Prince Albert, SK

Students collected soil samples from areas in Prince Albert and used the IDEAS beamline to investigate the possibility of creosote contamination and mobility. Creosote treated lumber was used for railway ties and there are concerns that the creosote, which could be harmful to humans, has been leached into the soil.  

 

 

 

 

 

2018

Nutrients in Apples
Verna J. Kirkness Science & Engineering Program
Saskatoon, SK

Students used the IDEAS beamline to investigate the calcium in various apples purchased from the grocery store to see the relative concentrations of calcium, as calcium is a common nutrient Canadian's are lacking.

North Saskatchewan Oil Spill Impact on the Environment
Carlton Comprehensive Public High School
Prince Albert, SK

Students collected samples upstream, downstream, and at the oil spill site along the North Saskatchewan River to determine the relative concentrations of heavy metals like Chromium, using the IDEAS beamline.

Does Seaweed Like Metallica?
Sentinel Secondary School
Vancouver, BC

Students from Sentinel Secondary School were inspired by the environmental impact a copper mine had on the environment in their community. They were the first users on the XRF-Imaging BioXAS beamline to image Fucus gardneri exposed to acute and chronic levels of copper ions and to analyze the structural distribution of aqueous copper ion uptake.

Road Salt Impact on Annual Ryegrass and White Pine
John F. Ross Vocational Institute
Guelph, ON

Students investigated how road salt - sodium chloride - impacts the relative concentrations of manganese, copper, and iron in white pine and annual ryegrass using the IDEAS beamline.

Chemical Changes of Charred Potatoes and Sardines
SHAD University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK

Students investigated the chemical difference of potential carcinogens between cooked, burned, and charred potatoes and sardines using various techniques at the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Center including Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectroscopy, X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, X-Ray Fluorescence and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

The Effect of the Uptake of Manganese of Various Plant Species at Different Concentrations
Bishop Carroll High School
Calgary, AB

Students investigated the how the uptake of Manganese (II) by California Poppy, Wheatgrass, Tendergreen Beans and Dandelions change when exposed to different concentration in a controlled environment and if the uptake of Manganese (II) differ at a constant concentration when cross-referencing between the different plant species using a X-Ray Fluorescence Table Top at the Chemistry Department at the University of Saskatchewan. 
 

 

 

 

 


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