ASCE’s “Dream Big” Set to Inspire IMAX Audiences


 A young boy plays with a toy airplane.

Since the dawn of civilization, human beings have demonstrated that there is virtually no limit to our ingenuity and imagination. From the Egyptian pyramids to the Apollo moon landing, we have shown a distinct knack for turning the impossible into reality—for proving that “impossible” can be a temporary word; that it is nothing more, sometimes, than a dare to think outside of the box. To dream.

In the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) upcoming IMAX film, Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World, this knack will be brought to the giant screen in larger-than-life high definition.


A silhouetted figure with the words THE ENGINEERS superimposed over it.

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Dream Big promises to take viewers across the globe on a “journey of discovery” featuring jaw-dropping panoramic views of some of mankind’s most awe-inspiring engineering achievements, from modern (the world’s tallest skyscraper) to ancient (the Great Wall) and everything in between. It’s all set to an epic soundtrack, with voice-over narration shedding light on the human element that continues to make the impossible possible. ASCE and sponsor The Bechtel Corporation enlisted award-winning documentary filmmakers MacGillvray Freeman Corporation to produce Dream Big, which is coming to IMAX theatres in February 2017 during the nationwide celebration of National Engineers Week. The film will also be released to the public in full HD at a later date, with the intention of being viewed in middle and high school classrooms.

According to ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith, Dream Big is intended to be much more than just a stunning IMAX experience. What the producers and filmmakers really hope for is that students will watch the film and be inspired to dream big themselves. The film is part of an ongoing campaign by ASCE to educate and inspire today’s middle school, high school, and college students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields.

“Engineers are incredibly important to our society, maybe today more than ever,” Smith said. “We face big challenges that will impact not only our own lives, but also our future generations. Climate change. Sustainability. Clean water. So we need today’s students to see that they can truly make an impact through STEM careers, and engineering, specifically—that they truly have the opportunity to change the world—and we hope that they’ll be inspired when they experience this film.”

But there’s more: Smith said Dream Big will be accompanied by the release of a wide array of brand new STEM instructional course materials, including lesson plans, that will be made available to teachers and students in classrooms nationwide. Smith said ASCE is on a mission to provide educators with the top-notch resources and support to encourage STEM learning.

“If you’re an educator, there are going to be a great deal of high-quality STEM materials available to you in 2017 that are not available today. We really want to push this instructional material out into middle and high school classrooms for the benefit of teachers and students,” he said.

In particular, ASCE hopes the Dream Big campaign will inspire young women and minority students, who are historically underrepresented in STEM occupations, to explore STEM-related options.

“We want to reach out to the next generation, who will really become tomorrow’s leaders, and who will literally shape the future of our nation and of the entire globe,” he said. “By investing in, and by providing these great resources for teachers and for students, we’re really making an investment that will benefit society for decades to come.”

Teacher’s should pay a visit to ASCE’s Dream Big webpage to learn more about the events and instructional materials that will accompany Dream Big’s February debut. For additional information and resources—including information about ASCE’s student outreach programs, events, clubs, and activities—visit asce.org.

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