School visits to the Électrium
(Montérégie)

A tour guide shows a section of a power cable to a group of students visiting the Électrium.

An educational, fun and free activity!

The Électrium has been welcoming school groups for over 30 years. A visit to the electricity interpretation center is ideal for discovering and understanding our world’s many electrical phenomena. Using interactive installations, hands-on learning and short videos, our guides know how to interest young people in different sources of energy, electromagnetism, the water cycle, hydropower generation and more. A not-to-be-missed visit that will enrich your students’ education!

Kids are sure to have lots of fun observing the electric eel and discovering the Van de Graaff generator.

Schedule and practical information

A tour guide explains the atom to students at the Électrium.

Capacity


90 students and supervisors

Supervision of students


We recommend supervisors for all groups:

  • One adult per group of 10 students aged 9 to 12
  • One adult per group of 20 students aged 13 to 17

Teachers and supervisors must remain with the students for the entire length of the visit and commit to helping the guides ensure a safe visit.

Visit tailored to academic levels


Touring our facilities is an excellent tie-in with the Québec Education Program, especially in terms of the acquisition and development of competencies in mathematics, science and technology and social sciences.

Elementary Cycle Two

Broad areas of learning

  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Health and well-being

Subject areas and competencies

  • Science and technology: competencies 1, 2 and 3

Essential knowledges related to competencies

  • The material world: energy, forces and motion, systems and interaction, associated language
  • Earth and space: matter, energy, associated language
  • The living universe: systems and interaction, appropriate language

Elementary Cycle Three

Broad areas of learning

  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Health and well-being

Subject areas and competencies

  • Science and technology: competencies 1, 2 and 3

Essential knowledge related to competencies

  • The material world: energy, forces and motion, systems and interaction, appropriate language
  • Earth and space: energy, appropriate language
  • Living things: systems and interaction, appropriate language
  • Knowledge relating to the organization of a society in its territory: Québec society around 1980
  • Interpreting changes in a society and its territory: Québec society between 1905 and 1980

Secondary/Vocational

Broad areas of learning

  • Environmental awareness and consumer rights and responsibilities
  • Personal and career planning
  • Health and well-being

Subject areas and competencies

  • Science and technology: competencies 2 and 3
  • Social sciences: competency 1

Topics covered

  • Electricity in the human body
  • Electric fish
  • Lightning, aurora borealis and the Earth’s magnetic field
  • Atomic structure
  • Water electrolysis
  • Electrical circuits
  • Ohm’s law
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Transmission of electrical energy
  • Experiment with the static electricity generator
  • Electricity generation
  • Electromagnetism
  • Operation of a transformer
  • Hydro‑Québec system

CEGEP

Complementary programs

  • Science
  • Arts and science
  • Engineering programs
  • Industrial electronics programs

Topics covered

  • Electricity in the human body
  • Electric fish
  • Lightning, aurora borealis and the Earth’s magnetic field
  • Atomic structure
  • Water electrolysis
  • Electrical circuits
  • Ohm’s law
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Transmission of electrical energy
  • Experiment with the static electricity generator
  • Electricity generation
  • Electromagnetism
  • Operation of a transformer
  • Hydro‑Québec system

University

We tailor the visit to your needs.

Combo


Immerse yourself in the world of electricity by visiting the Électrium and touring Beauharnois generating station. Two complementary outings for an electrifying day!

Students visiting the Électrium.

Find out about combos from our guides when booking by telephone.

Electromagnetism workshop

In this themed workshop, Secondary 4 students will explore magnetism and electromagnetism in a whole new way. They’ll get to apply the concepts learned in class and put them into practice. They’ll engage in hands-on activities, experiment and hypothesize. Finally, they’ll put their knowledge to the test with challenges at our three interactive exhibits: the transformer, the electromagnet and the electric motor.

Find out more about the workshop from our guides when booking by telephone.

Learn more about the workshop

Reservations

School group schedule

September 6, 2022, to June 23, 2023

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., subject to availability
Length of visit: 90 to 120 minutes
Price: free

Telephone reservations required
1 800 267-4558
(toll-free)
450 652-8977

Email: electrium@hydroquebec.com

Preparing for your visit

We provide teachers with quality educational resources they can use to teach young people about various electricity-related notions, such as sustainability, energy efficiency, the environment and safety.

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