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Montreal Families

Free science festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau 

Eureka! – Quebec’s largest science fair – has made learning fun for more than one million curious minds since its inception 14 years ago. And after a virtual edition last year, the event will be back in person this summer for the 15th edition.

This year’s program will be bigger than ever, complete with a brand new location at Parc Jean Drapeau, accessible by car and public transportation.

Whether you’re a bonafide science whiz or simply looking for a fun family outing, the festival promises an enjoyable experience for people of all ages. The theme-centric festival combines the wonders of science and the excitement of discovery.

Free science festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Photo Credit: Melanie Dusseault

Water in all states

Previous editions have explored themes such as mobility, transport and robotics. This year the theme is ‘water in all states’.

Over three days, the public will have a chance to learn all about the wonders of H2O. Presentations will be given on a range of water-related topics such as how it affects the behaviour of whales  and the impact of food waste on the ecosystem of the Saint-Lawrence River. Festival goers can learn about a day in the life of a marine pilot or a scientist. They can learn to code or even embark on an ocean conservation mission. Other presentations will include an experiment showing how water molecules bond together and their different physical and chemical properties, as well as interactive games to detect pollutants in water or help a surfer avoid sharks.

More science on the agenda

And while there will be plenty to learn about earth’s most precious resource, it won’t be all about water. There will be a dance presentation about humans, a showcase on birds of prey, and guests can put their engineering skills to the test with Popsicle sticks. Of course, no science festival would be complete without experiments. And there will be no shortage of those. The festival will offer more than 50 hands-on activities as well as other events such as lectures, magic shows, and performances.

Eureka! takes place June 10-12 and will adhere to all public health measures in place. Events will take place in French and English.

For more information, visit festivaleureka.ca.

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