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April 21, 2016

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience Begins North American Tour in Ottawa on May 13 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

Tickets now on sale

Ottawa, April 21, 2016 - The Canada Aviation and Space Museum will be transformed into a veritable training ground for aspiring cadets when Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience launches on May 13. The exhibition, which is touring as part of Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary, uses the Star Trek franchise to teach visitors about science and technology.

The Starfleet Academy Experience provides cadet recruits with an opportunity to experience a “career day” at the Academy. In an immersive environment, recruits try out a number of activities to test their potential to train for careers as Medical Officers, Science Officers, Communications specialists, even Commanders.

The experience is enriched with the actual science behind the science fiction of Star Trek as the participants learn about emerging technologies such as a functional tricorder, NASA’s warp drive theory, and the latest experiments with phasers and teleporters.

Training registration now open

Cadet recruits can expect to spend approximately 60 minutes trying the interactive tests and games, and engaging with the videos and displays showcasing Star Trek’s influence on technology. 200-250 visitors per hour can participate in The Starfleet Academy Experience, which occupies 10,000 sq. ft (930 m2).

The exhibition, under license by CBS Consumer Products, runs until September 5, 2016. Tickets are on sale online at joinstarfleetacademy.ca or can be purchased at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum box office beginning May 11, 2016.

Visit www.StarfleetAcademyTour.com for the latest schedule and follow hashtags #StarfleetAcademy, #StarfleetOTT and @AvSpaceMuseum for more information.

Take a seat in the Captain’s Chair
As part of the lead up to the Starfleet Academy Experience, the general public is invited to take a seat in an exact replica of Captain Kirk’s Chair from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise (from Star Trek: The Original Series). This one-of-a kind, high-tech interactive display will be touring around Ottawa, Montreal and Kingston beginning April 23. For the schedule of appearances, please follow the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on Facebook or Twitter at @avspacemuseum.

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CONTACT:

Caroline Boutin
Media Relations Officer
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
cboutin@techno-science.ca
613-410-5943

About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada’s national museum of aviation and space and houses the most extensive collection of aircraft and iconic space exploration artefacts in the country. The Museum is located on an active airport with vintage aircraft and helicopter rides during the summer and simulator rides all year long. It is cited as one of the top ten aviation and space museums in the world according to a recent CNN survey. It plays host thousands of visitors each year, delivering fascinating and memorable experiences that will last a lifetime.

About EMS
EMS is the leading global creator of world-renowned interactive exhibitions, family entertainment and live stage productions. Each year, millions of people experience EMS productions throughout Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The EMS portfolio includes CSI: The Experience®, Star Trek™: The Exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: Man - Inventor - Genius, Terracotta Warriors, Dinosaurs - LIVE!, 1000 years of INCAgold and many more. For more information, visit www.ems-entertainment.com.

About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios, and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles, Showtime and CBS Films. Additionally, the group oversees online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit www.cbsconsumerproducts.com

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