OTTAWA, Thursday, April 27, 2017 — The Canada Science and Technology Museum’s iconic locomotives’ new home and ZOOOMobile, the central interactive zone in the new children’s gallery, sponsored by Michelin North America (Canada), were unveiled today. Reopening in November 2017, the renewed Museum will celebrate its first 50 years and set the stage for the next 50.
Steam: A World in Motion was presented, examining the story of steam technology in Canada and how transportation has transformed our day-to-day lives. This exhibit will include four of the Museum’s iconic locomotives, four ship models, a wind tunnel model, and a working triple expansion steam engine. A virtual reality booth will bring the cab of the 6400 locomotive to life, allowing visitors to experience the beloved train engine in a unique and interactive way. This is just one example of how the renewed Museum will be dynamic and immersive, offering a highly digital experience for the whole family.
Museum also announced the kick-off sponsor of the children’s gallery. Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. is supporting ZOOOMobile, an innovative car building station for children to experiment with vehicle design and learn about the scientific process of building, testing, and trying again. Michelin’s $200,000 donation makes it possible for the Museum to invest in developing children’s imaginations, fuelling future innovation in transportation and other sectors such as sustainable mobility. The children’s gallery will be the first space of its kind dedicated to young children in the history of the Museum.
“We are excited to be working with Michelin to bring the ZOOOMobile experience to our young visitors. Their support celebrates the natural curiosity and creativity of children as playful, inquisitive learners and will inspire the innovators of tomorrow.”
– Christina Tessier, Director General, Canada Science and Technology Museum
“The Michelin ZOOOMobile will provide children with an opportunity to explore interactively with vehicles, wheels, and motion. It is the kind of safe experimental space that fosters problem-solving skills that are critical to the development of young minds and innovative thinking. We know this programming will unlock future leaders in innovation.”
– Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
About the Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, is one of the three museums comprising the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, which is responsible for preserving, promoting, and sharing knowledge about Canada’s scientiﬁc and technological heritage. The three Museums — the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum — tell the stories of Canadian ingenuity and achievement in science and technology, and demonstrate how these accomplishments have contributed to the transformation of Canada. For more information visit cstmuseum.techno-science.ca
About the Canada Science and Technology Museum Renewal
The Museum is currently undergoing a renewal of its entire exhibition space. When it reopens, it will feature over 7,400 m2 (80,000 sq. ft.) of new exhibition space, including an 850 m2 (9,200 sq. ft.) temporary exhibition hall to accommodate travelling exhibitions from around the world. The Museum closed in September 2014 to undergo an $80 million federally funded retrofit and renewal of the building and exhibition areas. It is scheduled to reopen to the public in November 2017.
About Michelin Group
Michelin, the leading tire company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve the mobility industry. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has 111,700 employees and operates 68 production facilities in 17 countries which together produced 184 million tires in 2015. (www.michelin.com)
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