A group of our grade 11 and 12 students are taking part in a program called Students on the Beamlines, run by the Canadian Light Source - Canada's national synchrotron facility. They will travel to Saskatoon in late November to conduct original scientific research. Their project is focusing on trace element composition of soil, grapes and wine from Okanagan vineyards, with the goal of seeing how the soil chemistry carries over to the grapes and ultimately the wine.
They will be using the techniques of X-Ray Fluorescence Spetroscop (XREF) and X-Ray absorption near edge structure (XANES). The group has been working since April, conducting regular Skype calls with scientists at the synchrotron to build their project. While in Saskatoon, they will be tasked with conducting their experiment, analysing the data and presenting their research to the scientists at the synchrotron. They recently travelled to the Okanagan to collect their samples and are currently writing permit applications, conducting safety training and designing their sample sequence for their experiments. Stay tuned for their results!