/R E P E A T -- A new family activity that blends leisure, technology, fun, and folly into our version March Madness! March Break 2009 - It's all happening at the Montréal Science Centre! Between February 28 and March 8, 2009/



    MONTREAL, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - For this year's March Break, the
Montréal Science Centre transforms itself into a large thematic park to offer
young and old alike a line-up where games, creativity, and interactivity meet
to make room for an event called Technofolies.
    A combination of three circuits - one for the sports fan, one for the
geek or new technologies maniac, and one for the artist - Technofolies stands
as a crazy and passionate testimonial to the fact that technology is
everywhere and in the process or revolutionizing the world of leisure!
    Thanks to shows, demonstrations, and creative workshops, all can enjoy
their favourite leisure activity while exploring the fascinating world of
technology.
    Who says March Break is boring? Technofolies will only be featured during
March Break. So, don't miss out on the opportunity to head for the Montréal
Science Centre, from February 28 to March 8, 2009 between 11:00 a.m. to 5:30
p.m.

    
                          A PASSIONATE SPOKESPERSON

    A member of the team that created Technofolies, François Charron acts as
its spokesperson, one whose passion for technology, Web culture, and gadgetry
make him the ideal representative for the event! A veritable guru of
communications, television columnist, and writer for a number of publications,
François is better known for his internet site francoischarron.com which,
since 2005, has become Québec's most visited leisure technology site, making
Charron a reference in technology for one and all.

                               THREE CIRCUITS

    Sports fans, computer addicts, and technology gadgetry freaks can all
enjoy a series of tailor-made, titillating, and rewarding activities, thanks
to the Montréal Science Centre.

                          Circuit 1: the sports fan
                          -------------------------

    In order to highlight the Montréal Canadiens' 100th season Technofolies
gets into the game and invites visitors to discover through hockey, the extent
to which sports and technology have become inseparable. Thanks to technology,
visitors will discover unimaginable facets of our national winter sport.

    Areas of activity

    Face-off. Come and play Hockeybot, a game that features two teams of
robotized hockey players, with Bell Centre sound effects as an added bonus!
Then, get hold of the remote control to play NHL 09, and discover the game's
technological backstage.

    The locker-room. Take a tour of the Habs' locker room and discover how the
latest technological advances in equipment improve player performance and
safety.

    Training camp. Discover some of the tools available to amateur and
professional athletes and take part in a team practice.

                             Circuit 2: the geek
                             -------------------

    This huge area allows techno nuts to quench their thirst for new
technologies by testing a multitude of new gadgets and discovering new
tendencies in information technology and communications.

    Areas of activity

    Community area. Much like an internet forum, this area promotes exchanges
and the discovery of geek gadgetry. Among featured activities: geocaching, a
session aimed at decrypting the Wii remote control device, two stunning
state-of-the-art installations designed to stimulate a reflection on the
invisible links we create between us with the help of wireless communication
technologies, and a presentation intended to raise awareness among visitors on
the importance of protecting their privacy on the internet.

    Creativity area. Visitors can partake in a workshop dealing with handling
of digital images; cartoons; morphing; and video, photo, and audio editing for
Facebook or YouTube. Thanks to a video game called Spore, visitors can also
indulge themselves in the creation of strange beings... yet another way of
observing technology at the service of our collective imagination!

    Celebrities and games area. Enter the universe of physical video games and
let loose in front of a delirious audience: skateboards, snowboards, iPod
fights in a boxing ring, and rock band show featuring the most daring
visitors!

                            Circuit 3: the artist
                            ---------------------

    Let your artistic instinct vibrate to the discovery of technology that
serves the arts in creative and sometimes unusual and spectacular ways!

    Activity areas

    Show-TECH: a Djing/Vjing participative immersion show featuring various
technological tools.

    Crea-TECH: an initiation, using old computers, to the issues of
overconsumption, electronic waste, the sorting of recyclable matter and its
use in the creation of works of art you can take home with you!

    Technofolies: available from February 28 to March 8, 2009, from 11:00 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. is included in the Montréal Science Center Exhibitions Package.
    This package allows visitors to access all the new interactive exhibition
halls: Mission Gaia, Imagine!, idTV and Science 26. Also included are
temporary exhibitions - Moving Forest, Beyond the Trees, and the interactive
movie game Snowbirds.
    

    Thanks to its originality and to the quality of its infrastructures, the
Montréal Science Centre earned the Attraction touristique de l'année award in
the 100,000-or-more-visitor category in the 2001 edition of the Grands Prix du
tourisme québécois. The Centre also earned a Prix Excellence awarded by the
Société des musées québécois in 2005 and 2006 for its Autopsy of a Murder and
X-treme Rotation exhibits. The Centre also received a Mention at the Prix du
Tourisme, a 2005 Boomerang Prize for its micro Internet site Autopsy of a
Murder and a Canadian Association of Science Centres award for its "MSC 2007
Project".
    The Montréal Science Centre wishes to thank its major partners TELUS and
Hydro-Québec as well as its other partners: Insertech Angus, CCM, Electronic
Arts, McGill University, Samsung, Telus, ISIQ, Micro Application, CyberCap and
Ubisoft.




For further information:

For further information: and press relations: Evelyn Dubois, (514)
527-3983, Cell.: (514) 770-3983, e.dubois@sympatico.ca; Lyne Pelletier, (514)
529-9797, Cell.: (514) 831-0991, lpcom@sympatico.ca; Old Port of Montréal
Corporation: Julie Mailhot, Press agent, (514) 283-8085, (514) 838-4524,
jmailhot@vieuxportdemontreal.com; www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com;
www.oldportofmontreal.com

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