“Dream Big”: Certified Fresh on the Tomatometer®
Have you seen my new favorite movie yet? Dream Big, presented by Bechtel and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), is now playing on IMAX® and other giant screens around North America. In Texas, Dream Big premiered simultaneously in Houston and Fort Worth during Engineer’s Week. A special preview screening was held in Austin for a group of Wimberley High School students in late February, thanks to the efforts of engineering mentor Marshall E. Jennings PE, D.WRE, F.ASCE! ASCE Texas Student Symposium attendees had the opportunity to see the film in early March in El Paso. The film will be shown throughout the year in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, and Lubbock.
Visit www.TexASCE.org/DreamBig for details.
Contact me at LOLeary@TexASCE.org for assistance scheduling a showing in your city.
Dream Big: Engineering Our World is more than a film making headlines and scoring 100% on the Rotten Tomatoes® Tomatometer®. Dream Big provided ASCE Texas Section with an opportunity to expand our Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) outreach efforts, at a time when future civil engineers are needed more than ever before. Eight of the Section’s Branches, Younger Member Groups, and Student Chapters were notified of Dream Big grant awards totaling more than $8,000 in early February. Grant funding will be provided directly through ASCE Global and will be used to support field trips associated with Dream Big film events in 2017. Field trip attendees will include female K-12 students, elementary school aged Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with a demonstrated interested in STEM, 6th through 12th grade students involved in summer camps at the University of Texas at Arlington, and members of after school clubs sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME). My dream is to witness these pre-college students progress to a career in civil engineering and develop innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions to challenging infrastructure problems as our population continues to grow. Economies throughout the world will hinge on the success of their solutions. These budding engineers will engineer a better Texas and a better world. They will also become the future leaders of ASCE. No dream is too big!
So often civil engineering works go unnoticed by the general public – unless a system stops working (Think: water main break, lack of proper garbage disposal, traffic jams) or a catastrophic failure occurs. Dream Big aims to change this by showcasing civil engineers and projects from around the world. But the film is just the beginning. Dream Big resources such as lesson plans and YouTube webisodes are available for teachers and engineers. The Section is currently planning a free webinar, available this summer, for all members to learn about the multitude of Dream Big resources. In the meantime, please visit
www.dreambigfilm.com/education/ for more information.
Girls Exploring Math and Science Event
by Luis Gonzalez PE, Houston Branch,
Vice President of Educational Affairs
The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and the Houston Museum of Natural Science held their annual Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) event in February. There was a group overnight stay on February 17 where Girl Scouts could talk to professionals from the engineering industry, and then were shown the Dream Big film. ASCE Houston Branch member Julia Clarke PE volunteered as one of the guest speakers for this program and undoubtedly inspired young girls to consider a career in civil engineering as she shared her career and personal experiences. On February 18, the museum was filled with hands-on science and math activity booths for Girl Scouts and the general public to experience. ASCE Houston Branch and Rice University Student Chapter participated in this event by providing an activity booth entitled “Building Bridges”. Kids could plan, construct, and load-test their bridges which were made of straws and tape. Many of the bridges were truly impressive! The Branch also provided giveaways to participants which included complimentary vouchers to see the Dream Big film. The event had over 1,700 visitors this year and was a huge success for outreach initiatives for both the Museum and ASCE!
Girls in Engineering Day
by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
On Saturday, February 25, 2017 the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History hosted a Girls in Engineering Day. 97 guests took part in the event which included engineering and construction activities and a viewing of the Dream Big film at the conclusion of the event. The event was a success and was made possible with the Dream Big grant funds awarded to ASCE Fort Worth Branch.
Immediately after the event, a parent sent the following email message to Ms. Anne Herndon Santana of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History:
This is my daughter Priya at 6:10 PM today. She couldn’t wait to get home and get started on her Snap Circuit kit that has been sitting in the cupboard for two years!
Thank you so much for organizing such a great event. We really enjoyed every aspect of it. The scavenger hunt, the movie and an opportunity to chat with a real life woman engineer (the awesome Carol) were invaluable.
Thanks to all the staff and volunteers at the museum for making this possible.
2017 ASCE Texas Student Symposium Attendees
Approximately 400 college students, professionals, and family members viewed the Dream Big film in 3D at the Premier Cinema in El Paso during the annual ASCE Texas Student Symposium. Attendees shared their excitement about the film using the Symposium App (335 users, 800+ total posts).