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HYDRO-QUÉBEC MONTREAL REGIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FAIR TO ATTRACT 300 HIGH SCHOOL AND CEGEP STUDENTS

MONTREAL MARCH, 20, 2014 – The annual Hydro-Québec Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair will take place Sunday, March 23, through Tuesday, March 25, at John Abbott College (21275 Lakeshore Rd) in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. This year’s event, organized by Educational Alliance for Science & Technology (EAST), is being hosted by John Abbott College. During this one-of-a-kind competition, budding scientists aged 13 to 20 will be presenting to visitors scientific projects that bring out passion in them, proving that science and technology can be interesting and accessible.

Visit John Abbott College to take part in this annual event. Members of the public can discuss with exhibitors the main concerns of this up-and-coming generation of scientists. Christopher von Roretz, Ph.D, a Biology teacher and grad of John Abbott, will be the keynote speaker at opening ceremonies on Sunday, March 23 at 11:30am.  There is no admission charge.

Public opening hours
Sunday, March 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Awards ceremony – Tuesday, March 25, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (open to the public)

 “Expo-sciences fosters the exchange of ideas, knowledge and discoveries,” said Marie-Josée Nadeau, Hydro-Québec Science Fair Honourary Chairwoman and Executive Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General, Hydro-Québec
“For some, the event is their first experience with science and research. But for all, it is an opportunity to excel and continue to push the limits of knowledge. Along with your teachers, parents and friends, we are proud to support you. Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec is merely the beginning of a long and exciting journey.”

Numerous prizes

Visitors to the 2014 Hydro-Québec Science Fair regional finals will be eligible for numerous door prizes by taking part in La Course aux génies, a contest organized by Hydro-Québec that aims to encourage the public to visit many exhibitors.

Exhibitors at the regional final are competing for awards with a total value of $ 30 000. In addition, 12 projects will be selected to represent Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair at the 2014 Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec final, to be held April 10 to 13 at Cégep régional de Lanaudiàre in Terrebonne. The Québec final is also a springboard for participating in the Canada-Wide and International Science Fairs.

Valued partners

The Hydro-Québec Science Fairs are made possible with support from presenting partner Hydro Québec, as well as major financial partners including, the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie the Alcoa Foundation, as well as Merck Canada, which has supported the Science Fair’s Experimentation type of projects.   La Presse is a media partner.

Many regional partners in the Montreal region also contributed to making the regional final successful: (McGill University, Concordia University).  This regional event involves approximately 300 students from 39 schools and is expected to attract more than 3,000 visitors over these exciting three days.  “The Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair has inspired thousands of young people over the years,” says Dr. Suzanne Black, from the Faculty of  Chemistry and co-chair of the MRSTF 2014 with Student Success Advisor Anthony Haddad. “It offers students a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements which can motivate them to further their pursuit of scientific education.”

About Educational Alliance for Science & Technology

The Educational Alliance for Science & Technology (EAST) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization serving Quebec students in extracurricular science & technology activities. Founded to take charge of the Montreal Regional Science and Technology Fair (MRSTF), it also organizes the CRC Robotics Competition, Junior Robotics Competition, and the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Quebec affiliation).

John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes 6,500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

For directions to the school and to view the event schedule please log on to www.johnabbott.qc.ca. Due to construction at the Highway 40 Westbound exit 41, motorists are recommended to take the Highway 40 turnaround  just after Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue or take Exit 39 from Highway 20.

The Hydro-Québec Science Fair is one-of-a-kind competition in which more than 15,000 young Québecers take part every year, presenting projects in three categories: Experimentation, Design and Study. The projects cover a wide variety of fields, including environment, engineering, chemistry, physics, health sciences and more! In Québec, the CDLS-CLS Network partners are the project managers of the Science Fair movement.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca