Robofollies, Three Imax(R) films, Six Interactive Environments... Spring Break Will Be a Blast at the Montréal Science Centre!



    MONTREAL, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Step right up! For the Spring Break, the
Montréal Science Centre is pleased to present ROBOFOLLIES, a huge circus
featuring the most amazing technological attractions! From 10:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m., March 1 to 9, visitors will delight in a robot extravaganza
combining technology, games and performances. A true world of wonders! And
along with this special event, there are six new interactive exhibition rooms
at the Centre, open since December, and three IMAX films for the family during
Spring Break.
    The Science Centre invites visitors of all ages to come admire the feats
of a troupe of exceptional robots transformed into circus entertainers and
carnival acrobats by engineers, tinkerers and artists and trained by skilled
master robot tamers. You'll meet acrobats, trapeze artists, ventriloquists,
metal marvels and other industrial robots, to give you a taste of what the
future holds and a new appreciation of scientists' creative genius.

    Unusual attractions

    ROBOFOLLIES features all kinds of robot-oriented activities and shows on
a circus theme. In Curiosity Lane, enjoy stupendous acts by performing
creatures and "things." Meet Sputnik the invincible, the AIBO twins and their
head-turning dance performance, KHR-1 the robot acrobat and Pleo the dinosaur
ventriloquist. Don't miss the incredible levitation number featuring a flying
cube, one of the only robots in the world capable of moving independently in
three dimensions. This cubic aerobot, known as Mascarillon, started out as an
art project by Nicholas Reeves, a designer-researcher with Hexagram-UQAM.
    In Contortionist Alley, meet I-Sobot, a humanoid acrobat, the smallest in
the world and a Guinness record holder, and marvel at its impressive
contortionist routine.

    Techno Menagerie

    ROBOFOLLIES has more weird and wonderful attractions in store! At the
heart of the fair is a true interactive technological menagerie: a gallery of
huge industrial robots, transformed into circus animals, for visitors to tame!
Sports fans will be delighted with the chance to drive F1bots, match cues with
a pool-playing robot or go head-to-head with a robot chess master. They can
also test their skills at robo-babyfoot or rodeo riding on a robot that thinks
it's a horse. Then there is the show by an artistic robot starring none other
than Frankenstein! And they can enjoy all this while sipping a juice from the
Robobar and nibbling on cotton candy. This is a circus, after all!
    After all that they can face off in a technological showdown with the
famous Hockeybots in the Arcade or try their hands at one of the two
robot-making workshops. Then it's the Fischertechnik Ring, where they can
learn to build and test moving robots using Fischertechnik parts, and the
Robot Recycler, a chance to build little circus animals from recycled computer
materials. ROBOFOLLIES is where they'll learn all there is to know about
robots!

    Six stimulating interactive environments and the IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre
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    Experience the new Science Centre

    The Science Centre, completely renewed last fall, is the perfect place to
play with science from A to Z, save humanity, express your vision of the world
or explore the future. The Mission Gaia, Science 26, Imagine! and idTV rooms
offer a fascinating new take on science and technology in wonderfully
stimulating environments.

    Last chance to see Odyssey of Light and Salt Essentials!

    If you haven't seen the Odyssey of Light and Salt Essentials exhibitions,
there's no time to waste: they're closing on March 9!

    
    Now showing at the IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre:

      - Sea Monsters 3D: A Prehistoric Adventure - follow the ups and downs
        of Dolly, a deep-sea monster from the Cretaceous Period - a National
        Geographic Films production.

      - Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs - What secrets lie hidden in the DNA
        of the mummies of Egypt's great pharaohs?

      - Africa's Elephant Kingdom - The earth shudders beneath their feet.
        Their tusks seem ready to pierce the screen. Follow the trail of
        Africa's great elephants.
    

    Science by Starlight!

    March 1 to 2

    As part of the All-Nighter during the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS Festival on
March 1, the Science Centre invites you to visit the Science 26, Odyssey of
Light and Salt Essentials exhibitions absolutely free between 6 p.m. and
2 a.m. A night to immerse yourself in science!

    Special Spring Break hours

    March 1 to 9

    The Science Centre is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The
IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre opens at 10 a.m.; note that the Sunday schedule is in
effect on Monday, March 3.

    The Montréal Science Centre thanks its presenting partners TELUS, Pfizer
and Hydro-Québec.

    Information and tickets:
    (514) 496-4724 - 1 877 496-4724 - www.montrealsciencecentre.com




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Giroux, Media Relations Co-ordinator,
Old Port of Montréal Corporation, (514) 283-8085,
cgiroux@oldportofmontreal.com; Source: Old Port of Montréal Corporation

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