TORONTO, Feb. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Celebrate the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels when MacGillivray Freeman Film's DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World makes its Canadian premiere at the Ontario Science Centre on February 17, 2017. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, this immersive IMAX® film offers an exciting new perspective on what it means to be an engineer.
From the Great Wall of China and the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, DREAM BIG showcases engineering marvels big and small. With its inspiring human stories—including a young woman engineer building bridges in undeveloped countries and an underprivileged high school robotics team that succeeds against all odds—DREAM BIG reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.
DREAM BIG is the first giant screen project of its kind to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
"Dream Big showcases the innovative ways engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow," says Catherine Paisley, Vice President of Science Education and Experience, Ontario Science Centre. "This inspiring film shows how engineers apply the principles of science and mathematics to develop solutions to everyday problems."
"Parents and teachers are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering," shares Director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award nominee and chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films. "With DREAM BIG, we wanted to bring something new to that effort with an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories that reveal the impact engineers have on our society. We hope it energizes kids of all ages, especially girls, to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world."
MacGillivray Freeman Films and its partners at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Bechtel Corporation have produced educational materials to go with the film and are providing funding for programs at museums and science centres such as Engineering Festivals and Girls Night Out. Some of the targeted programming is meant to introduce middle and high-school girls to dynamic women engineer role models to encourage their interest in engineering careers. Also available are 50 hands-on engineering activities, educational videos, lesson plans for grades K-12 and other engineering-themed events. These educational components are hosted on the educational website www.DiscoverE.org/dreambig.
The family-friendly film has a run time of 40 minutes. For ticket and show time information, please visit www.OntarioScienceCentre.ca. Tickets are $9. For more information about the film, please visit www.dreambigfilm.com.
About MacGillivray Freeman Films
MacGillivray Freeman Films is the world's foremost independent producer and distributor of giant-screen 70mm films with 40 films for IMAX theatres to its credit. Throughout the company's 50-year history, its films have won numerous international awards including two Academy Award® nominations and three films inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame. MacGillivray Freeman's films are known for their artistry and celebration of science and the natural world. It is the first documentary film company to reach the one billion dollar benchmark for worldwide box office.
About the Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre, a Centennial project, has welcomed more than 51 million visitors since it opened in 1969, implementing an interactive approach now adopted by science centres around the world. Today, the Science Centre is an international leader in free-choice science learning and a key contributor to Ontario's education and innovation ecosystems, offering lifelong learning through hands-on, engaging experiences. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. As a publicly assisted organization, the Science Centre relies on generous individuals, corporations and foundations who share a commitment to science and education for additional operating support. For more information about the Ontario Science Centre, please visit OntarioScienceCentre.ca.
About the American Society of Civil Engineers
As a production partner, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has been planning, coordinating and promoting Dream Big and its outreach programs since inception. With 150,000 members in 177 countries, ASCE members engineer the built environment while protecting and restoring the natural environment.
About Bechtel Corporation
Bechtel Corporation is among the most respected engineering, construction and project management companies in the world. Together with their customers, they deliver landmark projects—the modern marvels of the world—that foster sustainable progress and grow economies. Since 1898, they have completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects—many first-of-a-kind—in 160 countries on all seven continents.
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