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$12 million to set up a futuristic science center in Saint-Genevieve-de-Batescane

$12 million to set up a futuristic science center in Saint-Genevieve-de-Batescane

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Regional focus: Morrissey. Making science a tourist attraction is a goal pursued by Cégep de Trois-Rivières through the establishment of the futuristic Science Centre, to be built in the heart of the Batiscan River Park, in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan.

This $12 million project will replace the current Cégep de Trois-Rivières Observatory, located about twenty kilometers to the south, in Champlain. Built in 1980, it will soon be demolished. “Over time, the infrastructure and equipment have aged badly,” CEGEP CEO Louis Gendron explains. He also acknowledges that the presence of the Champlain Environmental Center – less than 300 meters behind the building – and other sources of light pollution played a role in the decision to move the labs to another location.

Plans for the new science infrastructure, due for completion by summer 2024, include building a dedicated laboratory for faculty, students, and other university partners.

“However, our project will not be just a game for researchers,” emphasizes Louis Gendron. We are also planning to develop the planetarium and science activities for the general public. We want to make our new destination a place that fosters an interest in and understanding of science for people of all ages and from all walks of life. ”

The project, the financial package for which has not yet been determined, also received the approval of the elected officials of Morrissey – unanimously, the director determines.

Making science a tourist attraction is a goal pursued by Cégep de Trois-Rivières through the establishment of the futuristic Science Centre, to be built in the heart of the Batiscan River Park, in Sainte-Geneviève-de-Batiscan.

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This $12 million project will replace the current Cégep de Trois-Rivières Observatory, located about twenty kilometers to the south, in Champlain. Built in 1980, it will soon be demolished. “Over time, the infrastructure and equipment have aged badly,” CEGEP CEO Louis Gendron explains. He also acknowledges that the presence of the Champlain Environmental Center – less than 300 meters behind the building – and other sources of light pollution played a role in the decision to move the labs to another location.

Plans for the new science infrastructure, due for completion by summer 2024, include building a dedicated laboratory for faculty, students, and other university partners.

“However, our project will not be just a game for researchers,” emphasizes Louis Gendron. We are also planning to develop the planetarium and science activities for the general public. We want to make our new destination a place that fosters an interest in and understanding of science for people of all ages and from all walks of life. ”

The project, the financial package for which has not yet been determined, also received the approval of the elected officials of Morrissey – unanimously, the director determines.