MONTRÉAL, Feb. 10, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - A number of people have gathered today at the Montréal École de technologie supérieure to take part in the official kick-off of the 2015 Hydro-Quebec Science Fairs season. Guests had the opportunity to show their interest and support for the development of Quebec scientific culture and the Réseau CDLS-CLS. People in attendance had the chance to meet exhibitors and the Science Fairs national spokesperson, illusionist Luc Langevin.
"It's always a pleasure to gather people involved in the scientific world in Québec for the launch of the Science Fairs program. The Réseau CDLS-CLS and the nine regional Conseils du loisir scientifique (CLS) are consistently working to put in place programs and actions in order to promote and encourage scientific carriers and culture among the next generation. We are proud and happy to notice that a growing number of people are recognizing our contribution and supporting our actions" said M. Roland Grand'Maison, General Director of the Réseau CDLS-CLS.
"Our long-standing partnership with the Science Fairs is extremely dear to Hydro-Québec, since it represents the very core of our activities. Given the wide range of scientific professions within our company, we are looking to this young generation of scientific minds. We'd like to wish the 15,000 participants across Québec the best of luck,'' said Marie-José Nadeau, Executive Vice-President – Corporate Affairs and Secretary General of Hydro-Québec.
Luc Langevin, national spokesperson
For the third year, illusionist Luc Langevin is very excited to be once again the Hydro-Quebec Science Fairs spokesperson: "The Réseau CDLS-CLS and the Science Fairs allow young people to live an amazing experience and I am very happy to promote such a program! In addition to a great immersion in the world of science, exhibitors have the chance to meet and exchange with a lot of people through multiples activities throughout Québec!"
It is a pleasure for him to invite the public to visit one of Hydro-Quebec regional finals or the main provincial final! A great experience for everyone!
A launch, local finals, thirteen regional finals and a Québec final!
Thousands of young people, aged between 6 to 20 years old, are taking part of Science Fairs across Québec through local, regional and provincial finals. This is made possible thanks to the relentless work of the Réseau CDLS-CLS, the expertise of the nine CLS, and the involvement of people passionate about science across the province.
The launch is the perfect occasion to invite Quebecers to visit Science fair finals and acknowledge the work of those who contribute to the Science Fairs program.
"Science Fairs projects start in classrooms. Therefore, we owe a great deal to schools headmasters and teachers that support teams in schools across the province, without whom, most of the students may not have had the courage to start and the perseverance to continue their scientific projects for the Science Fairs. At the Réseau CDLS-CLS and the regional CLS, our job is to provide them with all the support and the tools they need to participate in the program. This is our way of thanking them for the trust they have placed in us" said the national coordinator, Marthe Poirier.
A video has been shot in order to promote the Science Fairs to schools headmasters, teachers and exhibitors. It will be distributed by means of a USB drive to a number of schools across Québec.
Former exhibitors supported by Merck Canada Inc.
The Merck Canada Inc support to the Science Fairs Alumni Community was also acknowledged during the launch ceremony.
Other activities are going to take place during the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, 2015 Québec Final, in order to officially launch the Science Fairs Alumni Community supported by Merck Canada Inc.
Find out more about the 2015 edition
Hydro-Québec Science Fairs regional finals are coordinated by the Réseau CDLS-CLS and the CLS. They will take place everywhere in Québec during March.
Exhibitors will have the chance to be selected to represent their region at the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, 2015 Québec Final at École polyvalente Nicolas-Gatineau in Outaouais from next April 16th to 19th.
Visit exposciences.qc.ca for more information.
Thanks to our partners
The Hydro-Quebec Science Fair are coordinated by the Réseau CDLS-CLS and made possible thanks to the support of our presenting partner Hydro-Québec. This project is also financially supported by the Ministère de l'Économie, de l'Innovation et des Exportations through the NovaScience program. Other national partners are: Merck Canada Inc. for the support of the experimentation side on the Science Fairs, the Alcoa Foundation, and the Science fair media partner La Presse +.
By supporting the nine CLS, local and regional partners are also contributing to the success of the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs. A special thank you to everyone involved in the sustainability of the Réseau CDLS-CLS.
About the Réseau CDLS-CLS:
Through the nine regional Conseils du loisir scientifique, the Réseau CDLS-CLS is present everywhere in Québec and offers the following programs : Science Fairs, the Défis technologiques, the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, 2015 Québec Final Club des Débrouillards and Les Innovateurs à l'école. The Réseau CDLS-CLS also provides educational science kits to primary and high schools.
About NovaScience program :
This program is designed to improve the understanding of science and technology by the youth and the public at large as well as to promote the emergence of the new generation of scientists.
SOURCE Conseil de développement du loisir scientifique
Image with caption: "From left to right : Ms Nathalie Beaudry, President - Réseau CDLS-CLS, Luc Langevin, illusionist and Hydro-Québec Science Fairs spokesperson, Ms Marie-Josée Blais, General Director - Secteur de l'innovation, Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations, and Ms France Lampron, Director - Transportation Electrification at Hydro-Québec. (CNW Group/Conseil de développement du loisir scientifique)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150210_C7029_PHOTO_EN_11987.jpg
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