Canada-Wide Science Festival coming to Montreal

MONTREAL, April 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's future scientists will gather en masse at Montreal's McGill University May 14-21 for the 55th edition of the Canada-Wide Science Festival, Canada's only national science festival.

The national event encourages youth from Grades 7 to 12, along with students from CEGEP in Quebec, to follow a path of "curiosity to discovery" as they pursue a local, regional or global issue of concern to them and build a solution through their science project — tackling issues ranging from cancer research to climate change and beyond. Students are competing for nearly $1 million in cash awards and scholarships.

"We are proud to host this showcase of 500 finalists from 100 regional science fairs across the country to celebrate and encourage excellence in science, engineering, technology and math among youth," said Brad McCabe, executive director of Youth Science Canada, of which the Canada-Wide Science Festival is a program.

The Educational Alliance for Science and Technology (EAST), a non-profit organization that offers extracurricular science and technology activities, is the local host committee in Montreal. As Montreal hosts the event for the second time, there are 40 finalists hailing from the province of Quebec, along with 375 judges and 400 teachers.

"Through encouraging youth to be our nation's future innovators, Youth Science Canada hopes to inspire their career paths which will, in turn, impact Canada's ability to be a global leader in innovation. EAST is proud to be a partner in making this a reality." said Agostino Porchetta, president of EAST.

Alongside the competition, the festival features more than 50 partners providing hands-on programming in the Discovery Zone and a speakers series featuring Canada's leaders in science, the environment and industry.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the festival from May 18 to 20. Please click here to view the schedule of events.

About Youth Science Canada

Since 1962, Youth Science Canada has been Canada's leading organization for the promotion of innovation and celebration of excellence in science, engineering and technology among our nation's youth. A national, registered charitable organization, Youth Science Canada provides or partners in programs to increase awareness and involvement of youth in science, engineering and technology to engage, mentor and recognize Canada's young scientists. The not-for-profit also engages leading public and private sector organizations in the development of a national science, engineering and technology network of Canadian youth. For more information, please visit http://youthscience.ca.

About EAST:

The Educational Alliance for Science and Technology has been organizing science and technology competitions for 35 years, including Junior and CRC Robotics. EAST is also responsible for organizing the Hydro-Quebec Montreal Regional Science Fair for English speaking schools in the Montreal, Montérégie, Laval, Laurentians and Lanaudière regions. For more information, please visit http://sciencetech.ca/

 

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