An interesting opportunity crossed my desk, so I pass it along to you here even though it doesn’t have any direct application to our grad program.
My name is Michelle Tremel and I am the Education Outreach Assistant at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron. We are currently trying to create awareness about a professional development opportunity for Canadian Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology teachers at the High School and Middle Years levels.
The Canadian Light Source, Canada’s only synchrotron, offers a variety of opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research activity at the facility. Teachers and students can access posters explaining experiments, remotely participate in experiments and/or interview researchers through video conferencing, and directly participate in research through a new program that puts Students on the Beamlines working with CLS. Interested in putting your ‘Students on the Beamline’? The first step is to attend the Third Annual Synchrotron Summer Workshop for Teachers August 13 – 15th, 2007 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Previous workshops have provided teachers the unique opportunity to participate in synchrotron experiments; network with Canada
Research Chairs, CLS staff and Users who share their experiences and
enthusiasm for science; and explore the entire facility. One 2006
participant commented, “Getting to work on the beamline will be
remembered for years to come. You can see pictures of how something works but that does not compare to actually seeing it work.” The educational
strength of Canada’s only synchrotron is that it provides an exciting,
real life example for many of the science objectives taught in the
classroom. The workshop gives teachers the knowledge and tools needed to
use synchrotron research to stimulate student interest in science.
Thanks to NSERC PromoScience funding, up to $1000 per province and territory is available to support national participation in this workshop with further funding for classroom participation.
Please feel free to pass this information along to science teachers through any means at your disposal. If you need any further information we would be more that happy to provide that to you.