Wynyard students conduct experiments at national research facility

Mar 26, 2018

Saskatoon, Sask. - Grade 10 students from Wynyard moved science out of their classroom and into Canada's only synchrotron.

"The tour was fascinating. It's crazy how huge this place is," said Jaslyn Sokul, one of 27 students from Wynyard Composite High School who participated in the Light Source Student Experience.

"I like to learn why things are what they are and it's really cool to discover these things with my peers."

The Wynyard students with their teachers Jana Fisher and Kyla Strozuk brought several vitamins as well as a variety of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, bananas and spinach, to the Canadian Light Source to determine which nutrients and elements were present in the produce and vitamins. They spent the morning of March 22 using the national research facility's brilliantly bright light to conduct their analysis.

"We thought it would be cool to see what we are actually eating," said Sokul, explaining why the students chose to analyze produce.

When Fisher learned of the opportunity to bring her students to the Canadian Light Source, she was immediately intrigued.

"It's great to get out of the classroom and show how science applies to the real world," said Fisher.

"Having the Canadian Light Source in our province is a big deal. I appreciated that people are taking time out of their regular jobs to show us how this facility works. These students are at a place where they are trying to decide what to do with their lives and we met a variety of people who told us about their jobs here. This gave the students an opportunity to see several career options."

This spring, 120 students from eight high schools throughout Saskatchewan will participate in the Light Source Student Experience.

"We see this is invaluable where students take what they are learning in the classroom and make a direct connection to real science research," said Tracy Walker, education program lead at the Canadian Light Source.

"At our research facility, we show how the sciences - physics, chemistry and biology - all work together. And what's more, with this educational program, the students themselves conduct the research."

The Canadian Light Source is a national research facility, producing the brightest light in Canada - millions of times brighter than even the sun. One of the largest science projects in our country's history, the CLS hosts annually more than 1,000 scientists from around the world who use our light to conduct groundbreaking health, agricultural, environmental and advanced materials research.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan fund our operations.

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