SOURCE: Montreal Science Centre

Montreal Science Centre

October 22, 2014 08:51 ET

Fabrik -- Creativity Factory

An Innovative Participatory Experience Opening Saturday, October 25

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - October 22, 2014) - The Montréal Science Centre invites you to discover its latest production Fabrik -- Creativity Factory, a workshop where inventiveness is the key to experimentation. Starting October 25, this participatory, interactive experience will invite kids and grown-ups alike to meet challenges involving the creation and assembly of a hodgepodge of objects.

Working alone or in teams, young and old will be asked to dream up technological solutions and build them out of the assortment of materials on hand. Derby cars, parachutes, catapults, floating vessels… the sky's the limit in Fabrik! It is a place to think, experiment, and, above all, have fun, because in Fabrik, there is no such thing as a bad idea.

A trendy new concept
Inspired by the popular Tinkering Labs movement, a growing presence in American and Canadian science centres, the Montréal Science Centre teams decided to create this new activity that will be available to visitors for the next four years. This exhibition-workshop concept is simple: visitors tap into their creativity and ingenuity to meet challenges involving the creation and assembly of various objects with real tools. Everything they need is right there in the workshop. The only other requirement is their imagination. The goal of the activity is to encourage visitors to observe and think in new ways, to see new possibilities and to move beyond their initial ideas. There are no mistakes in this activity, which is designed to be different and entertaining, and to bring people together. 

Why create a tinkering lab in a science centre?
The experience in a tinkering lab is similar to any creative approach to problem solving through trial and error. A solution is conceived and then implemented, tested and refined. Fabrik presents visitors with a challenge, e.g. transporting a load across a pond. The visitor develops a solution, builds it, tests it, then makes adjustments and tests it again. Trial and error is a loop that allows inventors to improve their creation... Through the manipulation of various materials, levers, electrical circuits and lenses, participants experiment and grasp various scientific and technological concepts, such as the property of materials, aerodynamics, the force of gravity, the laws of optics, etc.

Challenges within everyone's reach will be offered at the various workbenches in Fabrik: create a chain reaction, protect an object dropped from a height, or build a light structure to illuminate a dark room. A special weekend activity will let participants deconstruct various devices, such as a toaster, a food processor, or speakers, in order to discover how they work.

Fabrik -- Creativity Factory
A new experience at the Montréal Science Centre, starting Saturday, October 25.
Open to the public on weekends from noon to 5 pm.
By reservation for groups (children or adults) from Monday to Friday.

Other exciting activities for the entire family
The Science Centre is always a cornucopia of activities. Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition returned on October 10 with current content that allows visitors to explore the most important and sensitive topics relating to sexuality.

The IMAX®TELUS Cinema presents three films, Jerusalem 3D: A Journey into the Heart of the Old City, Galapagos 3D: Natural Wonders, and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D. Four permanent exhibitions, including Click! for ages 4-7, and the popular Science 26 for all ages, are also on the must-see list for a visit with kids.

For more details about the Science Centre's new activities and permanent exhibitions, visit: Montré

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The Montréal Science Centre would like to thank its presenting partner TELUS, as well as Mastercraft Tools and 3M Canada, official suppliers of Fabrik

About the Montréal Science Centre

With more than 700,000 visitors annually, the Montréal Science Centre is a complex dedicated to science and technology, using an interactive approach that is accessible to all and showcasing local innovation and know-how.

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