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September 27, 2011 For immediate release

Energy: Power to Choose exhibition officially launched at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

OTTAWA, Tuesday September 27 /CNW/ – The Canada Science and Technology Museum celebrated today the official launch of Energy: Power to Choose, a new exhibition that explores Canada’s energy production, distribution and consumption, and the influences that shape the choices we make.

“This energy exhibit is a great way to demonstrate to Canadians the importance of energy and how Canadians can produce it and consume it smartly,” said Joe Oliver, the Honourable Minister of Natural Resources. “Canada is well-positioned to be an energy superpower that contributes to global energy security in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”

“Our energy consumption and production evolves with each discovery we make, technology we create, new policy we develop and with changes in social behaviour,” says Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “The exhibition, Energy: Power to Choose, invites visitors to reflect on their own energy consumption and the choices they make every day about how they use and save energy.”

The exhibition uses audio, video, and touch screen technologies to provide captivating interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. Highlights include a globe more than a metre in diameter that can project audio-visual presentations, and a five metre tank with two electric eels. Visitors can also produce their own energy in a “human hamster wheel” and cause a Tesla coil to shoot a one-metre long electric spark.

Energy: Power to Choose is the last of three major energy exhibitions to be opened this year by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. Together they represent 1 000 square metres of exhibition space devoted to energy, making it the largest ever combined exhibition on energy in Canada. In June 2011, The Canada Aviation and Space Museum presented Green Skies Ahead an exploration of carbon-friendly technologies that will shape the future of commercial aviation. The Canada Agriculture Museum recently celebrated the opening of its Energy Park: Nature at Work exhibition, an outdoor installation that takes a look at how the technology for harvesting energy from renewable sources is changing both the consumption and production of energy on Canadian farms.

These exhibitions are the museums’ cornerstone contribution to Let's Talk Energy – Engaging Ideas for Canada's Future, a six-year national initiative designed to encourage Canadians to discuss key issues surrounding energy in Canada. This initiative brings together a broad network of institutions and partners, and will offer a series of nationally distributed programs and activities such as travelling and on-line exhibitions, tools for students and teachers, as well as symposiums and workshops (energy.technomuses.ca). At this point, 15 museums and science centers across the country have signed on as partners in this initiative. “We look forward to working with them and others that will join us to offer Canadians in every province and territory valuable information on energy systems in Canada.” said Ms Amyot.

The Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation is thankful for the contribution of the Imperial Oil Foundation and EnCana Corporation as major sponsors of the Let’s Talk Energy initiative.

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Media contact:

Luc Fournier, Director, Corporate Communications
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
613-998-4472
lfournier@technomuses.ca