New Cosmodôme seeks seven young people for its first virtual adventure

Contest runs from September 29 to October 28 across Quebec, in association with the CLSM, le Conseil pour la relève scientifique

www.cosmodome.org

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 the cosmos.

"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 Cosmodôme.

"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.

SOURCE Cosmodôme

For further information:

or to schedule an interview with Sylvain Bélair, executive director of the Cosmodôme:

Sophie Côté Laplante
514-843-2376
scotelaplante@national.ca

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