Contest runs from September 29 to October 28 across Quebec, in
association with the CLSM, le Conseil pour la relève scientifique
LAVAL, QC, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - From September 29 to October
28, young Quebeckers are invited to apply to be part of the very first
crew for the virtual Space Adventure at the new Cosmodôme in Laval.
Once the contest closes, a jury that includes Canadian astronaut David
Saint-Jacques will select the seven young winners. On December 3, these
pioneers of the new Cosmodôme will be the first to experience one of
the three new virtual missions currently in preparation. Each winner
will also get to spend six days at the Cosmodôme's Space Camp in the
summer of 2012. The contest is presented in association with the CLSM,
Le Conseil pour la relève scientifique (Conseil du loisir scientifique
de la région métropolitaine). The entry form is available on the
Cosmodôme's website at www.cosmodome.org, in the Cosmoclub contest section.
As you a lunar pioneer, an explorer of Mars or a space-probe engineer?
Each of the 60-minute missions will present challenges that will require
the participants to make the same decisions as interplanetary
explorers, space engineers and space station researchers. The missions
will give them an opportunity to experience a virtual dream and explore
"Calling all curious and enthusiastic young space adventurers! Head to
your computers and check out the Cosmodôme's website, where you can
enter the contest between September 29 and October 28. Tell us why you
would like to be the first to experience one of these three virtual
missions: reliving the lunar landing, discovering the Red Planet or
launching a space probe to see what lies beyond the confines of the
universe," explains Sylvain Bélair, executive director of the new
"We expect to receive entries from keen budding scientists from all over
the province. The lucky winners will enjoy a unique and unforgettable
experience," adds Suzanne Boivin, executive director of the CLSM, Le
Conseil pour la Relève Scientifique.
The contest is open to residents of Quebec aged 13 to 15. Official
contest rules are available on the Cosmodôme's website (www.cosmodome.org), along with the entry form. To qualify, contestants must answer three
questions, each in 50 words or less, explaining why they want to take
part in one of the missions. Seven winners will be selected, and each
winner will be able to choose an adult to accompany them, for a total
of 14 crew members who will become the pioneers of the Cosmodôme's new
facilities. The seven winners will also enjoy six days at Space Camp
next summer. The jury will include Sylvain Bélair, executive director,
Cosmodôme; Suzanne Boivin, executive director, CLSM, Le Conseil pour la
Relève Scientifique; Serge Brasset, principal, École nationale
d'aéronautique; and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques.
A brand new Cosmodôme will open its doors on December 15
The Cosmodôme will open to the public on December 15 with a brand new
audiovisual and interactive presentation aimed at getting young people
interested in astronautics and the conquest of space. Just like in the
movies, children and families will be able to choose from a menu of
three educational and stimulating missions, each lasting 60 minutes.
During the renovations, which will continue until early December, the
Cosmodôme will be completely redeveloped to accommodate these new space
missions. A franchise of the US Space Camp program, the Space Camp
will, of course, remain a key element in the revitalized Cosmodôme,
which will also include an exhibit of space science artefacts.
The new Cosmodôme is destined to become a world-class tourist and
recreational destination for scientific culture. For the
transformation, the Cosmodôme's management is working with GSM Prjcto, an internationally recognized designer and producer of interactive
exhibitions at the cutting edge of multimedia technologies. The
Cosmodôme is the only facility in Canada devoted exclusively to the
understanding of astronautics and the conquest of space. This
innovative museum is a reference for space navigation and space
exploration methods. With Quebec home to a large cluster of aerospace
companies, the new Cosmodôme will seek to spark interest in space
science and careers associated with it.
The Cosmodôme is located at the junction of highways 15 and 440 and is
accessible from the Montmorency metro station. Owned by the Ville de
Laval, it is one of the five recreational and tourist attractions in
Greater Montreal that receives funding from the Communauté
métropolitaine de Montréal.
To learn more about what's in store at the new Cosmodôme, visit its
brand new Facebook page where the transformation will be gradually
revealed, at www.facebook.com/Cosmodome.
About CLSM, Le Conseil pour la Relève Scientifique
For the past 30 years, the CLSM, Le Conseil pour la Relève Scientifique,
has sparked interest in sciences and scientific careers among youth in
the Montreal region, Montérégie, Laval, Lanaudière and the Laurentians.
It offers six province-wide programs: Les Débrouillards, Expo-sciences
Hydro-Québec, Défi-génies and Défi-apprenti génie, 00Watt and
Envirovolt in each of the five regions. The Clascience program provides
support for elementary school science teachers in Montérégie, the
Montreal region and, in the near future, the North Shore. The CLSM
interacts with nearly 60,000 students and their parents as well as
hundreds of teachers every year.
For further information:
or to schedule an interview with Sylvain Bélair, executive director of the Cosmodôme:
Sophie Côté Laplante