Go behind the scenes and explore science and new technologies - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 15, 16 and 17, at the first edition of the EUREKA! Festival on the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal - Over 80 free hands-on activities

    MONTREAL, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - It's here! Inspired by the huge New York
and Cambridge science festivals, the first edition of the EUREKA! Science
Here, There and Everywhere Festival is inviting everyone to come on down to
the River and enjoy more than 80 free hands-on activities on science and
technology themes. From fun demonstrations to challenges, workshops and
dazzling shows, there's something for everyone. Radio host Paul Houde is the
official spokesman for the event.
    Here are just a few of the fabulous activities you won't want to miss
this coming weekend, June 15, 16 and 17, on the Quays of the Old Port of

    "Mission under the stars" - a huge show and lecture

    Saturday, June 16, starting at 9 p.m., mission leader Jean Lemire and
Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean invite you to enjoy an unforgettable evening
and an extraordinary experience. Two fabulous missions to Antarctica and outer
space! All the images will be projected on a giant water screen. And to top
off the evening, you can watch a huge laser show.

    Lampsilis and Sedna IV research ships and S.O.N.I.A., the underwater

    Here's your chance to visit Lampsilis, the Université du Québec à
Trois-Rivières ship that conducts research on the Great Lakes and the St.
Lawrence River, and Sedna IV, Jean Lemire's famous ocean-going sailing ship,
back from its Mission Antarctica. S.O.N.I.A., the ETS autonomous underwater
robot fully controlled by artificial intelligence, will also be there.

    The chemistry of love

    Science fans can explore the mysteries of the chemistry of love with
Dr. Ariel Fenster. A scientific, humorous look at the "love molecules" that
control our feelings!
    Colour, smoke, energy, explosions, collisions, fire and lots more! Mad
Science invites science enthusiasts into a wacky laboratory full of bubbling
potions, strange slime and hair-raising lightning bolts!

    GPS and geocaching

    Using a GPS receiver and co-ordinates, set off in search of ... well, try
it and you'll find out! Come learn about geocaching, the 21st-century version
of a treasure hunt!


    Enjoy an "uplifting" experience and defy the laws of gravity on the
Jumpai acrobatic bungee trampoline.

    What do ambulance technicians, bomb-disposal robots, explosives
    technicians, crime-scene experts, police officers and specialized
    firefighters have in common?

    Mobile technologies! Meet ambulance technicians, tour an ambulance, check
out the Sûreté du Québec remote-controlled bomb-disposal robot and see how
experts reconstruct crime scenes. Meet some "spidermen" from the Montréal fire
department (Friday afternoon only) and its special confined spaces response
unit (Saturday afternoon only).

    Fantastic voyage inside an artery

    Nanorobotics researchers explain how they managed to inject, propel and
guide a microscopic robot inside an animal artery. This world first in medical
robotics opens the door to new ways of delivering drugs and even new
approaches to surgery.

    The maple leaf on Mars!

    Experts from the Canadian Space Agency will tell you about the Phoenix
international mission, scheduled to land on Mars in August 2008. You can try a
space science experiment and learn more about the Red Planet!

    Science in person!

    Meet and talk outdoors with people who have made their careers in
science. It's a great opportunity to chat with enthusiastic scientists about
their research, their jobs and their backgrounds. You can also examine, touch
and even experiment with the materials they bring along. Organized by Coeur
des sciences (UQAM). All events:

    Dates and times:

    The EUREKA! Science Here, There and Everywhere Festival will be held on:
    Friday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    For full details on activities and events during the EUREKA! Science
Here, There and Everywhere Festival, see the Festival Website,

    The Montréal Science Centre and the Conférence régionale des élus de

    The EUREKA! Science Here, There and Everywhere Festival is an initiative
of the Montréal, city of learning, knowledge and innovation committee of the
Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal (CRE). Its objective is to develop
projects that will bring the community together around efforts to communicate
and share scientific knowledge and encourage people to make science,
technology and innovation part of their lives, particularly in the Montréal
region. The Festival has been made possible thanks to the agreement on public
promotion of science and innovation in Montréal, between the CRE de Montréal
and the Quebec departments of Economic Development, Innovation and Export and
of Municipal Affairs and Regions.

    The Montréal Science Centre opened on May 1, 2000, and is now one of
Canada's major cultural institutions. Its innovative features and the quality
of its infrastructures earned it an award as the tourist attraction of the
year in Quebec in 2001 as part of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois. The
Centre also won the Award of Excellence from the Société des musées québécois
in 2005 and 2006 for its Autopsy of a Murder and X-treme Rotation exhibitions.
Since it opened, over 2 million visitors have enjoyed its high-quality
activities and educational programs, all designed to interest young people in
careers in science and technology.

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

For further information:

For further information: Cameramen, journalists and photographers are
welcome all weekend long, and at any time can contact: Evelyn Dubois, Cell:
(514) 770-3983; Huguette Marcotte Communications, (514) 951-0288; Source:
Catherine Giroux, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Old Port of Montréal
Corporation; Yvan Thériault, Director, Communications, Conférence régionale
des élus de Montréal

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