Perimeter Institute Launches Youth Video Contest for Chance to Attend Hawking at the Perimeter

PI asks Canadian students to explain why "I Love Science", with two grand prize winners coming to Waterloo for Professor Hawking's June 20 televised lecture.

Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics today announced a video contest to challenge youth to use their creative genius and, in 30 seconds or less, explain why "I Love Science" in a thought-provoking, inventive and entertaining manner.

Two grand prize winners from across Canada will receive an all-expenses paid round trip to Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, and be part of the special "Hawking at the Perimeter" outreach broadcast, featuring Professor Stephen Hawking, on June 20, 2010.

Contest Eligibility:

The contest is open to all Canadian students in grades 9 – 12 (CEGEP in Quebec), who are between the ages of 14 and 19, and are enrolled full-time in a Canadian public, private or home school. The entry period for the contest is April 10 to May 10, 2010. Click here for full contest and entry details.

Hawking at the Perimeter – Special Broadcast for Canadians

Prof. Hawking’s upcoming research visit and numerous connections to PI were highlighted here this past February. During his two month stay, Prof. Hawking will also provide a special outreach broadcast for Canadians in which he will share numerous insights on space, time, matter, and information – plus his views on how science might shape our world.

This televised address is made possible through partnership with TVO, which will air “Hawking at the Perimeter” on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm EDT. TVO is accessible across Canada on Bell TV channel 265 or Shaw Direct/Star Choice channel 353. You will also find TVO on channel 2 via cable or over-the-air in most areas of Ontario (check local listings). 

About TVO

TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information, visit

PI Media contact: Angela Robinson, 519-569-7600 ext. 5051,

TVO Media contact: Paul Ginis, 416.484.2600 ext. 2445,

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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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