Dream Big: Engineering Our World is coming home.
Specifically, to your home.
Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and ASCE, the giant-screen film debuted on Netflix this week, streaming on TVs and hand-held devices all over the country.
“It is incredible,” said Menzer Pehlivan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, a geotechnical engineer for Jacobs and one of ASCE’s Dream Big civil engineering stars.
“But mostly I am very happy to see Dream Big on Netflix because through this we will be able to reach and inspire bigger crowds that initially did not have the opportunity see the film in theaters.”
ASCE’s drive to put Dream Big DVD educational toolkits in every U.S. public school continues this summer as well. (Here’s how to contribute to a school of your choice.)
The movie’s appearance on Netflix offers a new platform to get the word out about the wonders of engineering.
“Over the past 30 years, it has been increasingly harder to get kids interested in science and engineering as a career. So firms have a tough time finding enough engineers to hire,” said Dream Big Director Greg MacGillivray.
“Dream Big’s mission over its five-year plan is to change that by showing how adventurous, creative, and fun engineering can be – and the film and its massive campaign elements have succeeded! That message is conveyed even further with our play on Netflix.”
Another bright, smart young lady who is inspired by #DreamBig and now wants to be an #engineer!! Thank you @NCEES for sponsoring Women in Engineering and Science Day! Had great time talking to these young minds! #WISE @ASCETweets @JacobsConnects pic.twitter.com/obF0z714YD
— Menzer Pehlivan (@mnzdr) April 7, 2018
For Pehlivan, watching Dream Big on Netflix is a continuation of a journey of nearly two years. She has traveled all over the country, connecting children, families, and school groups to the film, sharing stories about the civil engineering work she does everyday, and inspiring a generation of future engineers.
“The most rewarding part has been the chance to interact with young minds and get to see how, after watching Dream Big, their mindset about engineering changes,” Pehlivan said. “Seeing the sparkle in their eyes when they feel ‘I can be like her too, I can change the future!’ is priceless. I receive emails from some of the young minds now and then, and seeing how we touched their life brings joy to my heart.”
ASCE has led the Dream Big initiative with Bechtel, the ASCE Foundation, NCEES, UEF, and a coalition of engineering organizations.