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July 3, 2015

New Star Trek Exhibition – Starfleet Academy Experience – to launch its world tour from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum

OTTAWA, July 3, 2015 – Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, a brand new interactive exhibit which uses the Star Trek franchise as a springboard to teach visitors about science and technology, will have its world debut at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) in Ottawa, Canada on “star date 052016” in May 2016.

This exhibition will inspire the Star Trek fan in everyone. Visitors will have the opportunity to become a Starfleet cadet, to beat the Kobayashi Maru test, and ultimately to pilot a starship from an active bridge.

“We are very proud to be developing this wonderful exhibition with our partners EMS and CBS Consumer Products,” said Alex Benay, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation. “We are certain it will prove to be a ‘must-see’ for the 2016 summer tourists and locals alike, as well as a wonderful complement to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s existing visitor experiences and offerings on aviation and space travel.”

The Starfleet Academy Experience will provide newly-minted cadets with a first-of-its-kind “Trek Tech” immersive experience that takes the student from orientation into a rigorous training program involving simulated science, engineering, medical and command courses, through to graduation, and finally to the deck of an active starship. 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.

The exhibition is produced by EMS Entertainment, the leader in interactive immersive exhibitions, and under license by CBS Consumer Products. Ottawa is the first stop on a multi-city North American tour. The exhibition will be on view at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum from May until the end of September 2016.

Star Trek has had a profound influence on many technologies we use today, and the show continues to inspire new technology and science,” said Christoph Rahofer, CEO of EMS Entertainment and producer of the show. “With Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, we will present the history of the future and what is envisioned for the future of science and technology.”

Media and fans of the iconic franchise should stay tuned to our social media channels – follow hash tag #StarfleetOTT and @AvSpaceMuseum – for more information in the coming months. Montreal Comiccon attendees can also visit the Starfleet Academy Experience booth (6100) this weekend.



Kelly Ray
Manager, Communications
Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

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, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The EMS portfolio includes Barbie™ The Dreamhouse Experience™, CSI: The Experience®, Star Trek™: The Exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: Man - Inventor - Genius, Terracotta Warriors, Dinosaurs - LIVE!, 1000 years of INCAgold and many more through partnerships with Mattel, CBS, 20th Century Fox, and others. Visit us at

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 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

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