Governor General to Visit Perimeter Institute for Sneak Preview of Upcoming S&T Festival

Governor General to preview interactive exhibits that will be featured at Perimeter Institute’s upcoming BrainSTEM: Your Future is Now Festival

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, September 20, 2013 – On Monday, September 23, 2013, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics will host His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for a sneak peak of the upcoming BrainSTEM: Your Future is Now Festival.

At 2 p.m. on Monday, the Governor General will arrive at the independent Perimeter Institute, where he will preview the interactive exhibits that will be featured at the upcoming BrainSTEM Festival. This will include a new mind control technology headset that triggers activities on a big screen using pure thought. This is just one of thirteen cutting-edge exhibits that will engage youth in a hands-on manner and visually demonstrate the importance of pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects in developing critical thinking skills.  The BrainSTEM Festival will be open to the public from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2013.

Following the exhibit preview, the Governor General will visit the Institute’s highly regarded Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) training program in the Stephen Hawking Centre. His Excellency will have the opportunity to meet and interact with 31 of the world’s most promising master’s-level thinkers as they pursue knowledge and develop scientific skills for future areas of endeavour.


From Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2013, Perimeter Institute invites the public to imagine, discover, and innovate with the BrainSTEM: Your Future is Now Festival. This one-of-a-kind scientific celebration shares some of the latest and most intriguing technological innovations through a series of interactive exhibits, lectures, school visits, and tours. The activities aim to spark much-needed skills building and entrepreneurial thinking, particularly among today’s high school youth, in order that they seize their potential, maximize their education, and be ready to excel in all new careers of the future.

The BrainSTEM Festival media kit can be accessed here. Event tickets are still available. While admission to most events is free, advance tickets must be ordered. Tickets are available online.

The BrainSTEM Festival is presented by Perimeter Institute with the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev). FedDev Ontario recognizes the need for a vibrant approach to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics throughout society. Perimeter also recognizes the support of Sun Life Financial, Linamar Manufacturing Limited, Toyota Manufacturing Canada Inc., and The Waterloo Region Record in making these events possible.

For more information on the BrainSTEM: Your Future is Now Festival, the concurrent Equinox Summit: Learning 2030, and related activities from presenting media partner TVO including The Agenda with Steve Paikin, please visit

About Perimeter Institute

Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement.

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