Educational tours and science workshops for kids

Hydro-Quebec is offering free activities during spring break at two of its facilities

Looking to have fun and learn something new with your child this March break? Hydro-Quebec will be offering educational tours at the Beauharnois generating station as well as various workshops at The Électrium, an interpretation centre, teaching families about electricity with interactive installations and informative videos.

A designated national historic site, Beauharnois is Hydro-Québec's most powerful run-of-river plant and is a great place for kids to learn about scientific concepts. The guides will also tell you all about the history and geography of the generating station. You'll discover how a run-of-river powerhouse works by seeing a generating unit in operation.

Beauharnois tours are 90 minutes and take place from March 3 to 11, 2018 at 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Reservations are recommended. You can book by calling 800-365-5229. The generating station is located right in the town of Beauharnois, near Melocheville, in Montérégie.

From March 5 to 11, 2018, The Électrium is offering hands-on workshops hosted by science experts for children aged 6 and up — and their parents. Families will also be able to take guided tours of the electricity-interpretation centre and learn all sorts of interesting facts. Workshops include building robots (for younger and older kids), learning about the moon and the significance of the Apollo 11 mission as well as the scope of the unseen universe that surrounds us. There will be a different workshop every day of the week. For example, on March 5 kids can learn about electrolysis and hydrogen. It’s widely known that water can be used to generate electricity, but did you know that a chemical solution can be transformed by sending an electric current through water? Through various experiments, young people will discover how an electric current can cause a chemical decomposition (for example, transforming salt water into chlorine).

And while you're at The Électrium, spend a few minutes touring the biggest hydropower facility in North America: the Robert-Bourassa generating facility. Wearing a virtual reality headset, you'll see the marvels of Baie-James (James Bay), in the heart of the boreal forest. Other guided tours feature interactive activities, where you can observe the electric eel, explore electricity's role in the human body and its effect on our reflexes, and even get to test who, in your family, has the fastest reflexes.

You can book by calling 800-267-4558. The 60-minute workshops will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The Électrium is located in Ste. Julie, Montérégie.

For more information, visit the website.

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