A huge laser show and "Mission under the stars" talk by mission leader Jean Lemire and astronaut Steve MacLean this evening during the EUREKA! Festival on the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal - Over 80 free hands-on activities



    MONTREAL, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - At 9 o'clock this evening, the EUREKA!
Science Here, There and Everywhere Festival invites everyone to come take a
seat on the grass next to the River and enjoy an unforgettable evening and an
extraordinary experience with mission leader Jean Lemire and Canadian
astronaut Steve MacLean. Images from their two fabulous missions to Antarctica
and outer space will be projected on a giant water screen. And to top off the
evening, you can watch a huge laser show.
    Here are some of the 80 outdoor hands-on science and technology-oriented
activities that everyone can enjoy today and tomorrow, June 16 and 17, on the
Quays of the Old Port of Montréal:

    Science Rock by (n=1)
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    Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16. Actual science students
emerge from their laboratories to dispel misconceptions, get everybody up
dancing and rock your world! Don't miss it!

    Lampsilis and Sedna IV research ships and S.O.N.I.A., the underwater
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    robot.
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    Here's your chance to visit Lampsilis, the Université du Québec à
Trois-Rivières ship that conducts research on the Great Lakes and the
St. Lawrence River, and Sedna IV, Jean Lemire's famous ocean-going sailing
ship, back from its Mission Antarctica. S.O.N.I.A., the ETS autonomous
underwater robot fully controlled by artificial intelligence, will also be
there.

    Kids' Corner
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    A play area where kids ages 4 to 7 can jump into the wonderful world of
science!

    Show Math
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    An entertaining lecture combining humour, mathematics and multimedia.
Professor Jean-Marie De Koninck and other Université Laval math professors
take a simple and amusing look at all kinds of everyday mathematical
applications, with videos and skits. See how math truly is part of our daily
life.

    The chemistry of love
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    Science fans can explore the mysteries of the chemistry of love with Dr.
Ariel Fenster. A scientific, humorous look at the "love molecules" that
control our feelings!
    Colour, smoke, energy, explosions, collisions, fire and lots more! Mad
Science invites science enthusiasts into a wacky laboratory full of bubbling
potions, strange slime and hair-raising lightning bolts!

    Jumpai
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    Enjoy an "uplifting" experience and defy the laws of gravity on the
Jumpai acrobatic bungee trampoline.

    Remote-controlled airplane models
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    Your chance to admire two remote-controlled airplane models: the
Nieuport, a WWI fighter, and the Beaver, a favourite of bush pilots. Take the
controls in a flight simulator!

    100,000 lbs!
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    That's the weight of the food a person can eat in his or her lifetime!
Learn about the human body and its surprises, and chat with cancer prevention
specialists from the IRIC, the Institute for Research in Immunology and
Cancer.

    GPS and geocaching
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    Using a GPS receiver and co-ordinates, set off in search of ... well, try
it and you'll find out! Come learn about geocaching, the 21st-century version
of a treasure hunt!

    What do ambulance paramedics, bomb-disposal robots, explosives
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    technicians, crime-scene experts, police officers and specialized
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    firefighters have in common?
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    Technology! Meet ambulance paramedics, tour an ambulance, check out the
Sûreté du Québec remote-controlled bomb-disposal robot and see how experts
reconstruct crime scenes. Meet the special confined spaces response unit from
the Montréal fire department (Saturday afternoon only).

    Fantastic voyage inside an artery
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    Nanorobotics researchers explain how they managed to inject, propel and
guide a microscopic robot inside an animal artery. This world first in medical
robotics opens the door to new ways of delivering drugs and even new
approaches to surgery.

    Dates and times:
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    The EUREKA! Science Here, There and Everywhere Festival will be held on:

    Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    For full details on activities and events during the EUREKA! Science
Here, There and Everywhere Festival, see the Festival Website,
www.festivaleureka.ca.

    The Montréal Science Centre and the Conférence régionale des élus de
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    Montréal
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    The EUREKA! Science Here, There and Everywhere Festival is an initiative
of the Montréal, city of learning, knowledge and innovation committee of the
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRE). Its objective is to develop
projects that will bring the community together around efforts to communicate
and share scientific knowledge and encourage people to make science,
technology and innovation part of their lives, particularly in the Montréal
region. The Festival has been made possible thanks to the agreement on public
promotion of science and innovation in Montréal, between the CRE de Montréal
and the Quebec departments of Economic Development, Innovation and Export and
of Municipal Affairs and Regions.

    The Montréal Science Centre opened on May 1, 2000, and is now one of
Canada's major cultural institutions. Its innovative features and the quality
of its infrastructures earned it an award as the tourist attraction of the
year in Quebec in 2001 as part of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois. The
Centre also won the Award of Excellence from the Société des musées québécois
in 2005 and 2006 for its Autopsy of a Murder and X-treme Rotation exhibitions.
Since it opened, over 2 million visitors have enjoyed its high-quality
activities and educational programs, all designed to interest young people in
careers in science and technology.

    The Montréal Science Centre thanks its presenting partners TELUS, Pfizer
and Hydro-Québec.




For further information:

For further information: Cameramen, journalists and photographers are
welcome all weekend long, and at any time can contact: Evelyn Dubois, cell:
(514) 770-3983; Huguette Marcotte Communications, (514) 951-0288; Source:
Catherine Giroux, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Old Port of Montréal
Corporation; Yvan Thériault, Director, Communications, Conférence régionale
des élus de Montréal

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