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Edmonton Economic Development Corporation: Take Your Imagination to Infinity and Beyond at TELUS World of Science This Summer

EDMONTON, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 08/15/12 -- Robots, polar bears, spacewalkers, baby orangutans, giant telescopes, and even Sesame Street's Big Bird - they're all part of the action at Edmonton's TELUS World of Science this summer!

The hot feature exhibition of the season is Robots, spotlighting the characters and the fun of 20th Century Fox's animated film of the same name. The experience is unforgettable as the whole family can explore fifteen interactive exhibits, available through the summer to September 9.

Included among these exhibits is Build-a-Wonder-Bot where visitors use various objects like Lego pieces and gears to construct their own mini-bots that perform motions.

Families will love the experience of operating their own robot characters in Robot Round-up. There are a number of operable robots on hand and different selections of these fun bots are featured every day. Among these robo-characters, kids and adults will love programming and operating the robot dog, robot vacuum, and the 'robo-sapien' that dances and sings.

Not to be missed is the Hollywood Robots Hall of Fame. Visitors of all ages will enjoy seeing Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet, C3PO of Star Wars fame, and Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, just to name a few of the famous robot stars to be seen.

On the big screen - that's the always impressive six story wide, four story high IMAX® movie screen - there are three movie selections to captivate audiences. Born to Be Wild is the true story of orphaned orangutans and elephants and the women who help raise and release these beautiful animals into the wild. In Hubble, narrator Leonardo DiCaprio takes viewers on an unprecedented voyage through distant galaxies. Hubble refers to the powerful Hubble telescope, and this spectacular movie features images of the universe not visible from the earth, including the birth of a star.

"People are saying it's awesome to see these impressive images," says Donalda DaSilva Pelton, Advertising and Promotions Manager at TELUS World of Science Edmonton. "You also see astronauts spacewalking in some of the most difficult maneuvres they've had to do for NASA."

And coming back to earth, audiences can also enjoy the awe-inspiring To The Arctic on IMAX®. The movie follows what a polar bear mother and her cubs must do to survive. "It's a great way to cool off during a hot day," laughs Pelton. "Families with kids really like the polar bears, the spectacular scenery, and seeing frozen waterfalls."

There's an all new Discoveryland to explore at TELUS World of Science this summer. This is an all-interactive area where kids ages eight and under role-play their way through each section. "It's all about having kids use their own imaginations to create something," says Pelton. "They don't even think about computer games when they're in there!"

The Tot Galaxy offers kids ages three and under fun interactive features to experience. Toddlers and infants can see, feel and crawl their way through a big sun dome. They can also touch and feel objects with different textures, as well as play with and roll on balls.

Sky High is a very cool replica of an airport where kids can interact with the environment as if they're at a real airport. They can scan baggage to see what's inside, put gas in the plane, move gears, and even simulate being on a plane, with food being served, and more.

Cloud Burst is an interactive water play area in Discoveryland. And parents needn't worry: "They get water bibs to keep dry," explains Pelton. Kids can experience and explore the movement of water and even make water art. They'll gain an understanding of rain, dew, and other features of water.

In Blue Sky, it's all about making your own creation. Discoveryland favourites featured there include the extra-large Lego bricks and the walk-on piano. Kids can also create their own stories using building blocks with words on them.

The Outdoor Observatory is always a popular item at TELUS World of Science. Observe the night sky's wonders and constellations and enjoy awe-inspiring views of sunspots and sun flares from protective lenses during the day. And if you have questions about the sky and its fascinating objects, amateur astronomers are on hand to provide you with answers.

They have "fun down to a science" in the centre's Margaret Zeidler Theatre with One World, One Sky: Big Bird`s Big Adventure . This crowd-pleasing film teaches kids about the Big Dipper, the sun, moon and plenty of other celestial wonders - all with help from one of Sesame Street's favourite characters.

If you get hungry while exploring you can always grab a bite at the cafe. And take a piece of the science centre home with you after you shop at the family fun gift shop.

TELUS World of Science is open from 10 am to 7 pm. For more information, visit www.edmontonscience.com

Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of those who have experienced it, click here.

Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) provides leadership in economic development, markets Edmonton as a must-see destination, manages the Shaw Conference Centre and Edmonton Research Park, and acts as a stakeholder in TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the University of Alberta. For more information, visit www.edmonton.com Learn more about Edmonton through the stories of people who've experienced it at www.edmontonstories.ca

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