College brings IMAX Dream Big film to community

Dream Big is a big film with big ideas. And the new film for giant screen and IMAX theaters is coming to town, thanks to WMU’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

According to DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is part of a movement “aimed at bringing engineering into the forefront of our culture.” It is the first film of its kind to highlight engineers, engineering feats and to inspire a new generation of young people to pursue engineering.

The college has arranged for a special screening of the film at IMAX Celebration! Crossroads in Portage on Monday, Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m., as part of its Engineers Week activities. The college also is hosting several middle school classes from the area to attend a student-only showing on Thursday, Feb. 23.

The film is described as having “an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast” and features engineering’s greatest marvels. Highlights include the 13,000-mile Great Wall of China, the twisting and turning Shanghai Tower, underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities. It also showcases female engineers who share their stories and work in the field.

Dream Big is the first giant screen project to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). It was produced by the MacGillivray Freeman Films, the Academy-Award nominated producers of Everest and The Living Sea, and in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Bechtel and a coalition of engineering organizations. It will be shown in museums and theaters across the country starting Feb. 17.