Eureka Festival | Montrealers celebrate science with outdoor activities

(Montreal) The Eureka Festival, which celebrates science and technology, is taking place this weekend at Parc Jean Drabeau in Montreal. Young people are invited to come and enjoy a range of free outdoor activities under the motto: “Water in all its forms”.

Catherine Desaultes
Canadian Press

for 15e In the year of the festival, people can resume participating in live activities after the event is canceled in 2020 and held in 2021.

The theme of water aims to encourage festival-goers to think about ways to conserve this natural resource and to discover innovative technologies related to the field of water.

Marianne Grolicks, the organizer of the festival, emphasizes that this is not a science fair. The various stands offer “very interactive” activities, which last quite a short time to allow the youngest to try out different things.

“Eureka allows you to experience science in a festive atmosphere and to show that science is fun. We hope to ignite many sparks […] And to ensure that these young people who come to notice, test and get their hands on science, choose careers in science or technology in the future,” said Ms.I Grolux.

This weekend’s event consists of science shows, performances and various recreational activities that take place at the foot of the biosphere and also inside.

School-age children are the festival’s target clientele, but Marianne Groulks also hopes to attract teenagers.

“Up to the age of twelve, young people are very curious about everything related to science and technology. There is a great curiosity to learn, understand, see and test. This curiosity comes back to the teenager and it is something that we want to work with teenagers”, explains the lady.I Grolux.

However, she believes that the pandemic has played a positive role in the general public’s interest in science. “We all realized very quickly that without science, we couldn’t go very far. Said MI Grolux.

She notes that an effort is also made to attract young girls because few of them choose to pursue a career in science. “We work hard with different partners to get girls interested in science and technology,” explains the organizer.

Programming

Saint Helens Island intersects with different fields, such as technology, energy, biology or nature. Families can thus participate in the “small thematic villages” that interest them the most. MI Groulx expects to receive at least 50,000 visitors this year.

A favorite of the festival, entomologist Bill Pistol, the atomic neuron team and chemist Yannick Bergeron will present their scientific prowess.

Simon Dubois, the first Quebecer to have traveled around the world, will share his experience with the public. Additionally, Bishop’s University will showcase a seaplane drone that maps lakes and helps prevent waterway pollution.

Participants will also have the opportunity to generate hydroelectric power, pilot an avatar to ride the waves through a school of sharks using artificial intelligence or explore the cultural heritage buried deep within the river. Saint Laurent.

In addition, a virtual object is now part of the festival and is available all year round on the MiValeureka site. In the form of a game, we discover that the island has thematic spaces such as the festival and that young people can explore it by accumulating points by taking part in quizzes.

On Saturday evening, at 8 p.m., festival spokesperson and host of the Génial program broadcast on Télé-Québec, Stéphane Bellavance, will present a new version of the Génial competition with his scientific friend, Martin Carly.

The Eureka Festival runs until Sunday evening. Activities will take place even in the event of rain. Festival-goers are invited to go to Parc Jean-Drapeau by metro, where the Jacques-Cartier Bridge will be closed to automobile traffic for the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie.