CLS Teachers' Workshop 
August 2020

We are going VIRTUAL!

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

When: August 10th - 14th, 2020
Where: Virtual - Microsoft Teams
Cost: FREE!!
Agenda: 2020 AGENDA

A virtual resource package is avaliable with your registration.

Registration is Now Closed

Our goal is the same: connect classroom science with scientific research! We will take you on a Research Journey! You will participate in a virtual experiment, connect research and synchrotron techniques to curriculum content, network with teachers across the country, all while working toward keeping science alive for students in a virtual environment. You can anticipate:

  • Share, explore, and network with other teachers using online tools throughout the workshop
  • Take part in various STEM-related sessions including presentations, guest speakers, virtual tours, and discussions
  • Receive resources to enhance session discussions and supplement your classroom teaching
  • Participate in a synchrotron virtual experiment - mail in YOUR own soil sample! (instructions provided)
  • Network with scientists who will share their experiences and enthusiasm for science
  • Make connections to science curriculum, and more!

CLS provides an exciting, real-life context for many of the outcomes expected in any science classroom. Registration is open and click on the register now button above! If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at 

By going virtual, this means we will be taking into consideration the different time zones across Canada! Our morning sessions will be at 10:00 am CST and our afternoon sessions will be at 12:00 pm CST. What time would this be for you? Take a look at the table below. Sessions will range from 45 mins to 3 hrs and we are currently looking at both live and offline sessions. See our tentative agenda (link above). 

Province / Territory BC & YT (PDT) AB & NT (MDT) SK (CST) MB (CDT) ON & QC (EDT) NB & NS & PE (ADT) NL (NDT)
Morning Session 9:00AM 10:00AM 10:00AM 11:00AM 12:00PM 1:00PM 1:30PM
Afternoon Session 11:30AM 12:30PM 12:30PM 1:30PM 2:30PM 3:30PM 4:00PM


2020 Featured Speaker

Dr. Adam Gillespie

Adam Gillespie is a faculty member at the University of Guelph's School of Environmental.  He is a soil chemist with a research focus on soil organic matter characterization, mapping and modelling. He has a strong interest in using innovative research and instrumentation to link land management with soil health and sustainable land use.

Ryan Beck

Ryan teaches chemistry, physics and astronomy at Sundre High in Sundre AB. He has been fortunate to have one a total of $54,500 in grants, mostly from BP Energy from 2012-2017, which allowed him to engage students in genuine lab based learning. This led to some amazing PD opportunities since 2016 at the Perimeter Institute, CLS and LIGO. He has also been fortunate to have had three teams of students earn beamtime through the SotB program at the CLS. Ryan has discovered a joy for sharing what he has learned from these amazing opportunities, and how they have impacted his classroom, through his work as the Alberta Teacher Network Coordinator for the Perimeter Institute, and through continued collaboration with the CLS.


2019 Featured Speakers


Previous Years

2019 Agenda 2018 Agenda 2017 Agenda 2016 Agenda 2015 Agenda

Click HERE for more photos from our 2019 Teachers' Workshop!

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
  • Cryogenics Systems Essential for Synchrotrons - Explore the cooling system needed to run a Synchrotron
  • Enabling Student Research: How to Put Your Students in Charge of THEIR Research



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
  • Discover how some synchrotron research techniques contribute to nanotechnology and the development of cutting-edge materials
  • Learn about the possibilities being explored in health sciences
  • Understand the imaging and therapy capabilities of synchrotron facilities for biological tissues
  • Learn how synchrotron techniques can impact environmental chemistry research
  • Students on the Beamlines: How does it work? Look at the perspective of the teacher and students that have participate


We Can Come To You!

There are many ways that the Canadian Light Source can support your professional development opportunities for educators. Contact us and we will work with you to bring a session to your professional development, 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 teachers
  • What students are capable of: Students on the Beamlines project case studies
  • Doing “real” science: How authentic scientific inquiry has been successful with high school students
  • Presentation of research of particular interest to teachers
  • 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 something that will fit with your event.


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