Dream Big Wins ‘IMAX Oscars’ as ASCE Plans to Distribute to Schools

October 25, 2017
Dream Big won four 2017 Achievement Awards from the Giant Screen Cinema Association.

The accolades keep rolling in for Dream Big: Engineering Our World.

The giant-screen film presented by Bechtel and produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with ASCE opened in February to rave reviews from the critics.

It was a hit with the public too, surpassing 1 million paid viewers in less than six months.

Now it’s winning awards.

Dream Big was a quadruple honoree at the recent Giant Screen Cinema Association’s 2017 Achievement Awards:

• Visual effects
• Best marketing campaign
• Best educational program (by the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh)
• Overall best short subject film (tie)

The GSCA honors are akin to the Oscars of the IMAX movie industry.

The film also recently received a Silver Award in the American Society of Association Executives’ Power of A awards program, and will receive the Spirit of ECC Award at that group’s conference in December.

From the beginning, Dream Big was created to be more than a film; it was developed as the core of an outreach campaign to encourage engineering careers. ASCE helped to develop a series of events and resources, including more than 50 hands-on activities, for students, parents, and teachers.

Even as the film continues building on its million viewers at theaters into the new year, ASCE has a new goal: putting Dream Big into every U.S. public school in 2018. The educational toolkits will include a DVD of the film, a teacher’s guide, and accompanying educational videos.

Dream Big is living up to its name,” said ASCE Executive Director Tom Smith. “It is unlike anything ASCE and its partners have ever done before. We’re delighted to see the film reaching a new and broader audience, with a global impact.”

The Dream Big project is led by ASCE with a coalition of engineering organizations and support from Bechtel, the ASCE Foundation, the United Engineering Foundation, and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Visit the official movie site for more on Dream Big and where you can see it.

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  • I teach an Engineering class at a middle school and was able to see the Dream Big movie. I would love to show it to my 130 students. Can I purchase the movie and borrow it?

    • Hi Tom, so glad you enjoyed the film. ASCE is planning a distribution of the film and educational materials to all U.S. public schools in fall 2018. We’ll be launching a website during Engineers Week in February to allow individuals to “adopt” distribution to individual schools for $5. You’ll be able to check the list to be sure your school is covered, and if you want a copy for your own classroom, you could also purchase one to be shipped to you. The website is engineersdreambig.org. Thanks for your interest!

  • I am in charge of a local student high school bridge competition . I am inquiring to see if we could purchase or get a copy of the “Dream Big” movie to show to the students at the presentation. I think it would be a great hit for the students. Let me know how we could do this. I am also a past president of the Mohawk Hudson ASCE Chapter. I am out in Seattle with the hopes of seeing here and just missed it at the Pacific Expo in Seattle. Thanks Tony

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