2nd Edition of the EUREKA! Festival - Science Here, There and Everywhere - On the Quays of the Old Port and at the Montréal Science Centre - June 13, 14 and 15

    Over 100 hands-on activities to bring science alive

    MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Calling all curious minds, of all ages:
Scientists are emerging from their labs to put on some one hundred free
hands-on, fascinating activities to knock your socks off! Many of our partners
are back for the second year with new ideas, but there will also be some new
participants ready to lead you on totally original scientific adventures. Come
meet the professional scientists, researchers and students who "do" science in
Montréal, and experiment, create, observe and get your hands on science. It's
a great chance to give your grey cells a workout!
    Building on the tremendous success of the first edition, visited by
43,000 people over three days, the EUREKA! Festival will be back on June 13,
14 and 15 on the Quays of the Old Port. This year, the Montréal Science Centre
will be admitting everyone free of charge to all its attractions on Saturday
and Sunday, with the exception of the IMAX(R)TELUS Theatre.
    The EUREKA! Festival is the brainchild of the CRE (Conférence régionale
des élus) de Montréal, produced by the Montréal Science Centre in co-operation
with the Quebec government and many partners from Greater Montréal. Its goal
is to highlight science-related activities in Montréal and spark young
people's interest in science and new technology - for they are tomorrow's
    Science buff Marc-André Coallier, the spokesperson for the festive,
family-oriented event, invites everyone to dive into a world of knowledge and
fun. It's a chance to meet and chat with researchers, and enjoy workshops,
shows and experiments. Here is a brief rundown of some of the fun attractions
during the EUREKA! Festival.


    How would you like to know the secrets of super DJs or VJs? The Society
for Arts and Technology (SAT) is holding a three-day introduction to DJ-ing
and VJ-ing, and a mega (MixSessions) show, At the tip of the Quay, between the
sky and the water. groove to the music and videos of Montréal's finest DJ-VJ
collective. Don't miss out! Saturday, June 14, starting at 8 p.m.
    Just for this special occasion, a laser beam will be projected across the
Montréal sky. Follow it ... not to the pot of gold, but to the coolest party
in Montréal!
    The event is produced in collaboration with AVW TelAv.

                         ACTIVITIES AND MAIN THEMES

    New: Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA) - Here's your chance to
see first-hand how the ingredients interact to produce the taste, appearance
and consistency of your favourite yoghurt.
    Back this year: 4-H Clubs of Quebec. On the menu, the eco-lunch box.

    Art, science and technology

    New : Les Cerfs-volantstylistes - The masters of the wind invite you to
make your own kite.
    New : McGill University, Université de Montréal, Université de
Sherbrooke / Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en musique, médias et
technologie (CIRMMT) - What does science tell us about music and the brain?
    Back this year: Extrada - Experiment with some physiological principles of
dancing with professional dancers. Try a few steps yourself!
    Back this year: Concordia University - Origami, classical mechanics and
electricity. Come explore the chemical and physical world around us.
    Back this year: Département de Technologie physique, Cégep
André-Laurendeau - Learn the hows and whys and applications of laser
    New: Les Productions SuperMusique - Current music, sound effects and
improvisation demystified. You can create and perform your own composition
with an orchestra conductor.
    New: Scientific Chic - Come imagine the scientific fashions of the future
and present your ready-to-wear creations, or channel your creative potential
and try making jewellery from computer parts.
    New: Quartz Communications and Darwin Dimension - Chat live with Lena, our
virtual hostess.

    Chemistry and physics

    Back this year: L'Ile du savoir - Explore the world with some thirty
exciting and explosive experiments presented by scientific experts in grades 
5 and 6! (Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. only)
    New: Les Neurones Atomiques - 2 workshops: "Chemical Reactions": Concoct
potions worthy of the maddest scientists! "Air and Lift": Does air weigh
anything? How does an aircraft wing provide lift? Learn about the vacuum of
space with bell jars.
    Back this year: Ecole polytechnique de Montréal - Ice cream made with
liquid nitrogen, a spaghetti tower, spinning platforms and a sound gun - if
you like strange experiments, you've come to the right place.
    Back this year: Conseil du Loisir Scientifique de la région Métropolitaine
(CLSM) - Come learn some electrifying new facts about ... electricity.
    Back this year: Ecole Fernand-Séguin - Learn the basics of electronics as
you put together some complex electronic circuits.
    Back this year: Les Scientifines - Get a look at this! Binocular vision,
optical illusions, 3D glasses and a home-made kaleidoscope.

    Sky and space

    New: Julie Payette: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the tip of the Quay (see
section on lectures, below)
    New: Ecole des métiers de l'aérospatiale de Montréal (CSDM) - Build your
own little aircraft from malleable metal. Enjoy the flight!
    New: Ecole nationale d'aérotechnique - Make a remote-controlled
competition aircraft. Climb aboard the ENA model and learn the basics of
    Back this year: Canadian Space Agency - Satellites, robotics, astronomy,
for those with their heads in the stars!


    New: Green Crop Network - How can bacteria invisible to the naked eye
influence the world climate and help to feed the planet? Become a "green"
researcher and help the experts.
    Back this year. Environnement jeunesse - Recycling, recovery and re-use:
There's gold in that garbage can!


    New: SAE Robotique / Ecole polytechnique de Montréal - Come meet a
life-saving robot.
    Back this year: Ecole de technologie supérieure - A solar-powered car, an
impressive race car, the submarine of the future and a vehicle that's very
easy on gas: tomorrow's researchers present some of their inventions.
    New: Engineers Without Borders - Take part in a wonderful humanitarian
adventure, all about access to water; share your ingenious engineering ideas.

    Technological innovations

    New: JB Martin - Learn about the uses of high-performance textiles all
around us every day. You'll be amazed!
    New: SPG Hydro International - A 21st-century diver goes to work. Watch
live on a big screen and learn about some sophisticated equipment.
    Back this year: Hydro-Québec - Are innovation, development and the
environment a good mix? Explore some new technologies and decide for yourself:
a virtual electric vehicle, simulation tools and more.
    New: Collège Rosemont - Open house! Step right up to the intelligent house
and learn about "domotics."
    Back this year: Urgences-santé - Meet paramedics and tour an ambulance
equipped with all the latest technology.
    Back this year: Sûreté du Québec - Investigating a collision, putting
technology to work for public security.
    Back this year: L'Ile du savoir - You'll have a great time examining,
touching and trying out science and technology in some unusual ways.
    New. TELUS - A fascinating world in the palm of your hand.


    Back this year: Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir) - Meet some
real life researchers!


    New: Héma-Québec - A, B, O or AB? All about blood and the gift of life.
    New: UNICEF Québec - A very dangerous mosquito bite. The solution? Spread
the net!
    Back this year: Génome Québec - An expert in genomics, the science of DNA,
helps to solve a murder.
    Back this year: Pharmabio - A suspicious death in the lab! Guided by
scientists in the field, step into the world of pharmaceuticals and
biotechnology and try some surprising scientific experiments to solve the

    Natural science and Earth science

    New: Coeur des sciences / UQAM - Become a geologist for a day, to
celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth.
    Back this year: Groupe uni des éducateurs-naturalistes et professionnels
en environnement (GUEPE) - An on-the-spot tour to discover the flora and fauna
of Montréal's nature parks.
    Back this year: Montréal's Nature Museums (Biodôme, Planetarium, Botanical
Garden, Insectarium) - Listen to plants, cook up a comet, attract butterflies,
learn to identify insects and explore the fascinating world of frogs.

    Information technology

    New. TECHNOCompétences - Have you got nimble fingers and a head full of
ideas? Learn to build your own, unique Website!
    New. Agence Science-Presse - Here's a way to satisfy your insatiable
scientific appetite, with a scientific blogging site.

                             PLAYING WITH SCIENCE

    Back this year by popular demand: Jumpai, an acrobatic bungee trampoline
for an "uplifting" experience! But you have to succeed at the Wow! Challenge
    Geocaching 101 (Association Géocaching Québec), a 21st-century style
treasure hunt. Learn how to use a GPS. And there's a play area where kids ages
4 to 7 can jump into the wonderful world of science!

                           SCIENCE TAKES THE STAGE

    You enjoyed him so much that we invited him back again! Daniel Coutu, the
coolest magician in town, performs tricks that call on all your senses.
Nathaniel Lasry = New! Come on an explosive exploration of the greatest
inventions in history, with the Neurones Atomiques. Math is definitely part of
our daily lives, as the Math Show proves: you'll enjoy this fascinating
overview by Université Laval profs. Bubbling potions, evaporating ice, a foam
factory ... welcome to the weird and wonderful laboratory of Mad Science.
Discover the secrets of some spectacular chemical reactions with Yannick
Bergeron, and let Jean-Philippe Goulet show you how traditional tunes and
technology can make sweet music together.
    Science Takes the Stage is presented by Bell Helicopter Textron.


    Les Belles Soirées lecture series organized by the Université de Montréal:
different lectures on the theme of health, from nutrition to ageing and the
brain, medicinal plants, the history of aspirin, paleopathology,
bio-informatics and more.
    The Rencontres au Coeur des sciences put on by UQAM is a chance to chat
with scientists about their research, jobs and backgrounds. and to examine,
touch and even experiment with the materials they have with them.

    JULIE PAYETTE: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, at the tip of the Quay

    With her head in the heavens but her feet solidly on the ground, our
Quebec astronaut talks about her passion for her job. Blast off for new
horizons with her and the Canadian Space Agency Come talk with Julie Payette
at the tip of the Quay. You're bound to see stars!

    Hydro-Québec contest for high school students

    How would you like to tour the James Bay hydro-electric generating
station? It couldn't be easier! Just fill out a contest entry form, available
on the Festival site and at www.festivaleureka.ca, and drop it in the box on
the Festival site. You could win two Montréal-Radisson return flights,
accommodation, meals and a guided tour. The winner must be available on August
23 and 24, 2008.

    The EUREKA! Festival will be held on:

    Friday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    (special program from 9 to  midnight)
    Sunday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Montréal Science Centre hours (free admissions to exhibits)

    Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday, June 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    For all details on Festival activities and events, see the attached
program or visit the official Festival Website, at www.festivaleureka.ca.

    The EUREKA! Festival organizers wish to thank its partners Montréal
International, Hydro-Québec, Bell Helicopter Textron, Schering-Plough and AVW

For further information:

For further information: 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; Source: Clarah Germain, Science Centre of
Montréal, (514) 283-8385, Cell: (514) 838-4524,

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