LAVAL MARCH, 14, 2012 – The annual Hydro-Québec Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair will take place Sunday, March 18 through Tuesday March 20 at Laval Junior and Laval Liberty High Schools (3200 Boulevard du Souvenir) in Laval. This year’s event, organized by Educational Alliance for Science & Technology (EAST), is being hosted by the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB). During this one-of-a-kind competition, budding scientists aged 13 to 20 will be presenting to visitors scientific projects that impassion them, proving that science and technology can be interesting and accessible.
Visit Laval Junior and Laval Liberty High Schools 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. Former SWLSB students Angela Rodayan (B. Eng., M. ENG from the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University) and Philip Lagogiannis (MSc. candidate in Physics at McGill) will be the keynote speakers at opening ceremonies on Sunday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. There is no admission charge.
Public opening hours
Sunday, March 18, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, March 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Awards ceremony – Tuesday, March 20, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (open to the public)
A partner of this event for over ten years, Hydro-Québec is delighted to be part of the Science Fair’s extended family. Because let’s not forget, this science competition really is a family affair! “For young people, it’s a perfect opportunity to share their discoveries with friends and classmates, brothers and sisters. And for parents, this is a chance to pass on some of their knowledge and experience as they support young scientists throughout this great adventure.”, says Marie-José Nadeau, Hydro-Québec's Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, and Secretary General.
Visitors to the 2012 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 $ 45 000. In addition, 12 projects will be selected to represent Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair at the 2012 Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec final, to be held April 19 to 22 at the Centre culturel de l’Université de Sherbrooke. The Québec final is also a springboard for participating in the Canada-Wide and International Science Fairs.
The Hydro-Québec Science Fairs are made possible with support from presenting partner Hydro Québec, as well as major financial partners including Bell, the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec, as well as Merck Canada, which has supported the Science Fair’s Experimentation type of projects for more than 20 years.
Many regional partners in the Montreal region also contributed to making the regional final successful: (Mc Gill University, Concordia University).
This regional event involves approximately 300 students from 39 schools and is expected to attract over 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 SWLSB Chairman Steve Bletas. “It offers students a unique opportunity to showcase their achievement 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).
For directions to the school and to view the event schedule please log on to www.swlauriersb.qc.ca.
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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.