MONTREAL, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Earlier today, several generations of Québec Science Fair exhibitors, accompanied by illusionist and Science Fair spokesperson Luc Langevin, welcomed members of the public for the official kick-off to the 2014 Hydro-Québec Science Fairs season.
For the occasion, the Agora Hydro-Québec at the Université du Québec à Montréal's Cœur des Sciences building was transformed into an exhibition hall, with exhibitors explaining their projects to guests, or simply telling the stories of their Science Fair experiences.
The launch ceremony provided a good illustration of what the Science Fairs movement means to the guests, who numbered more than 100 and included teachers, students, media representatives, former exhibitors, and several guests of honour. Everyone had a chance to meet the young exhibitors, and got an exciting preview of the coming season. The event was an excellent opportunity to invite both the general public and students to the Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec Regional Finals, which will be held all across Québec from late February to May, leading up to the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec Final, taking place this year from April 10 to 13 in Terrebonne.
Luc Langevin, provincial spokesperson
Returning for his second year as spokesperson, illusionist Luc Langevin talked about how thrilled he is to be involved with the Science Fair movement, noting that he was eagerly awaiting the chance to explore the projects that this year's exhibitors have come up with: "The young students who enter the Science Fairs always display such superb ingenuity. I can't wait to get out there and meet them, and talk about our enthusiasm for a field that we have in common—science!"
He also urged members of the public to follow his example and visit one of the 13 Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec Regional Finals or the Québec Final.
David Drouin: a former exhibitor named Personnalité de l'Avenir
Also in attendance at the launch was David Drouin, winner of the Hydro-Québec Grand Prize at the 2013 Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec Final, and named Personnalité de l'Avenir at the Le meilleur de nous-mêmes gala, which was broadcast January 12 on Radio-Canada's main television network. He talked about how the Science Fairs have influenced his career path.
The 2014 Hydro-Québec Science Fairs: it's a go for launch!
The media launch provided a preview of what promises to be an enriching 2014 Science Fairs season. Although registrations are open until the end of February, some exhibitors have been hard at work on their projects since the start of the school year.
As Marie-José Nadeau, Honorary Chair of Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec and Executive Vice-President - Corporate Affairs and Secretary General, Hydro-Québec, put it so well: "The Science Fairs are students' first contact with the world of science and research. They are opportunities for our young people to excel and to expand the boundaries of their knowledge. That's why we at Hydro-Québec are so pleased and proud to support the exhibitors."
You too are invited to encourage the scientists of the future and discover their innovative projects by visiting one of the Regional Finals or the Québec Final. Admission is free. The dates of the finals are listed in the calendar on the Science Fair website. Come meet these budding scientists and share their enthusiasm!
Thank you to our partners
The Hydro-Québec Science Fairs are organized by the CDLS-CLS Network, and made possible with support from presenting partner Hydro-Québec, as well as major national partners including the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie du Québec, the Alcoa Foundation, as well as Merck Canada, which supports the Science Fairs' Experimentation project category. La Presse+ is the media partner of the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs.
About the CDLS-CLS Network
In every one of Québec's regions, the partners of the CDLS-CLS network produce the Science Fairs along with the Défi génie inventif and the Junior Tech Challenge, and co-ordinate facilitation activities for the Club des Débrouillards. Other projects specific to different regions are also organized all across Québec.
Image with caption: "Nathalie Beaudry, President of the Conseil de développement du loisir scientifique, Jean Belzile, sous-ministre adjoint - Recherche, innovation et collaborations internationales, the illusionist Luc Langevin, Hydro-Québec Science Fairs provincial spokesperson, Rémi Quirion, scientifique en chef du Québec and Mona Chaaban, Manager - Maintenance and Testing, High-voltage test laboratory, IREQ (CNW Group/Conseil de développement du loisir scientifique)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140121_C9892_PHOTO_EN_35722.jpg
SOURCE: Conseil de développement du loisir scientifique
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