Weaving STEM Curriculum with Science Research & Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Training students to understand the world around them is essential for their future. This workshop will provide an overview of the programs and resources available for teachers, and students, to make use of one of Canada’s largest science research facilities, a synchrotron. Our education team is dedicated to enabling teachers to make connections between curricular concepts and real-world research. Rooted in land-based, place-based, & inquiry-based practices, the programs and resources weave Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Science processes that include: virtual connections; hands-on activity; individual, small group, classroom & citizen-science experiences. Tracy & Bernie will provide an overview of the resources and opportunities available and point out some of the cross-curricular connections for BC teachers.

Target Audience

High School (9-12)


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Canadian Light Source Inc
    Tracy Walker

    Tracy is the Education Programs Lead at the Canadian Light Source, Canada's only synchrotron research facility. The education team focuses on building bridges between science research and science education and is working on understanding how Indigenous ways of knowing and western science processes can be woven together. She has been involved in education with pre-kindergarten learners with classroom experience at the elementary, high school, and university levels in addition to the informal science education programs at CLS. Her passion for transformative experiential learning was the subject of research in achieving a Master’s of Curriculum Studies.


  • Canadian Light Source Inc
    Bernie Petit