OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canada Science and Technology Museum
celebrated today the official launch of Energy: Power to Choose, a new exhibition that explores Canada's energy production, distribution
and consumption, and the influences that shape the choices we make.
"This energy exhibit is a great way to demonstrate to Canadians the
importance of energy and how Canadians can produce it and consume it
smartly," said Joe Oliver, the Honourable Minister of Natural
Resources. "Canada is well-positioned to be an energy superpower that
contributes to global energy security in an environmentally and
socially responsible manner."
"Our energy consumption and production evolves with each discovery we
make, technology we create, new policy we develop and with changes in
social behaviour," says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada
Science and Technology Museums Corporation. "The exhibition, Energy: Power to Choose, invites visitors to reflect on their own energy consumption and the
choices they make every day about how they use and save energy."
The exhibition uses audio, video, and touch screen technologies to
provide captivating interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.
Highlights include a globe more than a metre in diameter that can
project audio-visual presentations, and a five metre tank with two
electric eels. Visitors can also produce their own energy in a "human
hamster wheel" and cause a Tesla coil to shoot a one-metre long
Energy: Power to Choose is the last of three major energy exhibitions to be opened this year by
the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Together they
represent 1 000 square metres of exhibition space devoted to energy,
making it the largest ever combined exhibition on energy in Canada. In
June 2011, The Canada Aviation and Space Museum presented Green Skies Ahead an exploration of carbon-friendly technologies that will shape the
future of commercial aviation. The Canada Agriculture Museum recently
celebrated the opening of its Energy Park: Nature at Work exhibition, an outdoor installation that takes a look at how the
technology for harvesting energy from renewable sources is changing
both the consumption and production of energy on Canadian farms.
These exhibitions are the museums' cornerstone contribution to Let's Talk Energy - Engaging Ideas for Canada's Future, a six-year national initiative designed to encourage Canadians to
discuss key issues surrounding energy in Canada. This initiative brings
together a broad network of institutions and partners, and will offer a
series of nationally distributed programs and activities such as
travelling and on-line exhibitions, tools for students and teachers, as
well as symposiums and workshops (energy.technomuses.ca). At this point, 15 museums and science centers across the country have
signed on as partners in this initiative. "We look forward to working
with them and others that will join us to offer Canadians in every
province and territory valuable information on energy systems in
Canada." said Ms Amyot.
The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is thankful for
the contribution of the Imperial Oil Foundation and EnCana Corporation
as major sponsors of the Let's Talk Energy initiative.
SOURCE Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
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