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February 6, 2018

Lauching of the 2017-2018 edition of the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs

Another year of Hydro-Québec Science Fairs is under way!


Rimouski, February 6, 2018 – Réseau Technoscience is pleased to launch the 2017–2018 edition of the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs all across Québec! As this year’s edition kicks off, thousands of young people aged 6 to 20 in every region of the province are presenting, or getting ready to present, their Science Fair project. An exciting adventure is beginning for them as they set their sights on the various levels of competition: local, regional and Québec finals, followed by the Canada-Wide and International Science Fairs.


To mark the launch, illusionist Luc Langevin, national spokesperson for the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs, and Daniel Bélair, Community Relations Chief, Hydro-Québec, visited staff and students at École de l’Estran in Rimouski. The school is in the midst of its Science Week, with some 40 grades 5 and 6 students presenting Science Fair projects.




“I want to wish all the exhibitors the very best of luck,” Mr. Langevin said. “Your Science Fair journey promises plenty of memories, encounters, discoveries and enriching experiences. As the next generation of scientists, you are an inspiration to everyone. I thank your schools for encouraging you all to take the science challenge!” he added.


A season of competitions that kicked off with a contest

Last fall, Réseau Technoscience put out a call to staff at all schools in the province to enter a contest: two schools would be selected to have Luc Langevin visit them and discover students’ Science Fair projects..


Martin Lemarbre, a teacher at École de l’Estran, entered his school. It was chosen as one of the winners, and hosted the first local Science Fair final visited by Mr. Langevin during the 2017–2018 competition season. École de l’Estran also agreed to be the site of today’s national season launch.


Luc Langevin’s next stop at a Québec school is set for Tuesday, February 13, as he visits the second winning institution, Polyvalente Lavigne in Lachute, in the Laurentides region.

Thousands of exhibitors from all across the province

During last year’s Hydro-Québec Science Fairs, thousands of students between the ages of 6 and 20 submitted projects in the various levels of the competition.

A total of 1,433 students made it to one of the 12 Regional Finals at the Secondary/Collegiate level or one of the 9 Regional Finals at the Primary level of the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs competition. Among them, 174 earned a place in the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec Final, held in April.


The adventure continues

Admission to all of the Regional Finals is free. Anyone interested in visiting is invited to view the schedule at for the dates of the competition nearest them.

Otherwise, they can visit the must-see event of the 2018 competition season, the 40th edition of the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec Final, which takes place from April 19 to 22, 2018, at Espace Shawinigan in Mauricie. Access to the site is free for the whole family!


A delegation of Québec competitors will also compete in the Canada-Wide Science Fair, being held from May 12 to 19 at Carleton University in Ottawa. Another delegation will be then head to the International Science Fair in France, from May 20 to 25.


Thank you to our partners

The Hydro-Québec Science Fairs are organized by the Réseau Technoscience and made possible with support from presenting partner Hydro-Québec. They also receive financial support from the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec, through its NovaScience program, as well as support from major national partners including Merck Canada Inc., which supports the Experimentation section of the competition, Alcoa, and Publications BLD (publishers of Les Explorateurs, Les Débrouillards and Curium), the media partner of the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs.




Source: Réseau Technoscience

About Réseau Technoscience
Réseau Technoscience and its regional organizations are present throughout Québec with the goal of fostering interest in science and technology among young people aged 4 to 20. Through their programs and activities, they promote emergence of the next generation of scientists as well as support science and technology teaching via a concrete approach. Réseau Technoscience offers the following programs, among others: the Science Fairs, the Junior Tech Challenge, the Club des Débrouillards, and Les Innovateurs à l’école. The network also distributes several science teaching-support kits and activities in primary and secondary schools.


About the NovaScience program
This program is designed to improve the understanding of science and technology by youth and the public at large as well as to promote the emergence of new generation of professionals in these fields.




Maude Péloquin
Communications Advisor
450 561-4697 / 514 252-3027, ext. 3895


Andrée Peltier
Media Relations Officer
514 846-0003 / 514 944-8689

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Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie