MONTREAL MARCH, 24, 2015 – The annual Hydro-Québec Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair will take place Sunday, March 29, through Tuesday, March 31, on the downtown campus of Concordia University. Organized by Educational Alliance for Science & Technology (EAST), this is the first of three consecutive years that the Fair will be hosted at Concordia. 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.
Members of the public can discuss with exhibitors the main concerns of this up-and-coming generation of scientists. There is no admission charge.
Public opening hours:
- Sunday: March 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Monday: March 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Awards ceremony – Tuesday: March 31, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Loyola Campus in the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (open to the public)
Public viewing locations:
- McConnell Library Building (LB) – 1400 De Maisonneuve W.
- Computer Science, Engineering and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV) – 1515 St. Catherine West.
Visitors to the 2015 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 cash prizes and awards with a total value of more than $ 50 000. In addition, 15 projects will be selected to represent Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair at the 2015 Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec final, to be held April 16 to 19 at École polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau in Gatineau. 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, the Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports, 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. This regional event involves approximately 215 students from 33 high schools and CEGEP’s and is expected to attract more than 5,000 visitors over these exciting three days. “The Montreal Regional Science & Technology Fair provides youth with extraordinary opportunities to explore the scientific world outside of their everyday classroom setting,” says Miriam Posner, Technical Supervisor from Concordia’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as MRST Chief Local Judge. “This experience will undoubtedly whet their appetite for more scientific inquiry and discovery.”
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). About Concordia University Olympic gold medalists. Oscar winners. Satellite Designers. Concordia University has them all. Creative. Diverse. Concordia pushes boundaries by crossing disciplines. Acclaimed fields include aerospace, nanotechnology, journalism, psychology, genomics, cinema, studio arts, finance and sustainable business. Bold, urban energy. 46,000 students in Montreal, North America’s most exciting city. Leading research, top teaching, engaged community — transformative experiences through flexible, friendly service. Concordia defines the next-generation university.
About Hydro-Québec Science Fair:
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.