Starfleet Academy Experience Opens

Fifty years ago a one hour drama appeared on the television called “Star Trek”. After getting moved around the timetable, the show was canceled after only three seasons. But the show became a phenomenon that has launched five more series and some dozen films…with more on the way.

Part of that phenomenon are a plethora of conventions, exhibits, and experiences.

The newest of those experiences is The Star Trek Starfleet Academy Experience at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario. The Museum will literally become the Academy where visitors can become Starfleet cadets for a day.

Throughout the various films and series, various crew members have talked about their experiences while at Starfleet Academy with one of the films actually opening with one cadet experiencing the famed Kobyashi Maru test.

As they learn about becoming Medical Officers, Science Officers, Communications Officers, and even Commanders; recruits will discover how to use tricorder, phasers, teleporters, and warp drive theory. Cadets will also have the opportunity to experience the Kobyashi Maru if they choose.

Along with the cadet related activities, are exhibits of props and costumes from the “Star Trek Universe”.

After opening on May 13, The Starfleet Academy Experience will remain in Ottawa at the Aviation and Space Museum until September 5, 2016 when it will move west to the Telus Spark Science Center in Calgary, Alberta.

A US Starfleet Experience will open July 9 at the appropriately named Intrepid Museum in New York City.

Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage Melanie Joly, William Shatner (Capt Kirk), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), and John de Lancie (Q) at a gala to celebrate the grand opening of the experience. The event included the Final Frontier beer – a limited edition brew from The Clocktower Brew Pub that is made using Quadrotriticale.

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