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Dream Big: Engineering Our World Movie Review

Dream Big: Engineering Our World Movie Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Feb 16, 2017
( Rating: 5 Star Rating)

Kidzworld saw Dream Big: Engineering Our World and the creative variety of tasks that engineers accomplish is amazing. Many are lifesaving! Should you see this fun IMAX film? Here is our movie review.

By: Lynn Barker

We had no idea how creative and fun being an engineer can be! Big screen/IMAX film Dream Big: Engineering Our World, narrated by Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, really opens our eyes to the fact that engineers are building a safer, more beautiful world and are having a blast doing it! Many of them are women and some even high school students.

Robotics Club kids work on robot StinkyRobotics Club kids work on robot StinkyCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

From Space Stations to Skyscrapers

We open on a space station, designed by engineers and are told that they are working on future problems to keep structures safe for all humanity. We meet female civil engineer Menzer Pehlivan who specializes in making sure buildings are earthquake safe. At age 13, in her native Turkey, she went through a huge quake that made her decide to devote her life to creating buildings that would save lives. Now she does this all over the world and also teaches kids and teens how to create buildings safe from ground shaking and winds. 

Twisty, wind-resistant Shanghai TowerTwisty, wind-resistant Shanghai TowerCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

Rope Bridges

Young engineer Avery Bang builds bridges over rivers in underdeveloped countries saving people from drowning and making their lives much easier. She has built over 200 bridges in 14 countries. Engineers keep them simple and inexpensive using ropes for suspension cables. Now people can go to schools, health clinics and markets without risking drowning!

Building a bridge in HaitiBuilding a bridge in HaitiCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

Great Walls and Flying Boats

We see the Great Wall of China, an ancient engineering marvel and find out that it stays up partially because the mortar had flexible sticky rice mixed in… who knew? The tall Shanghai Tower is 128 floors high and is built in a twisty fashion so that high winds can just blow around it. Cool.

The Great Wall of ChinaThe Great Wall of ChinaCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

In Scotland moving boats up and over the highlands was really impossible until structural engineers figured out how to build The Falkirk Wheel, a device that can lift them up to the next water level.

The Falkirk WheelThe Falkirk WheelCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

Mississippi students built a solar car and took it to a race in Australia. We visit a solar farm in California where water runs steam turbines. All designed by engineers, both kid and adult.

Solar car in raceSolar car in raceCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

Robots and Underdogs

There is a robotics club at a Phoenix, Arizona high school that hasn’t got much money to work with but the kids and teens have a great teacher. One of his students, Angelica Hernandez, grew up to be an engineer and relates how the club, with only $800 worth of parts, built an underwater robot they named Stinky (due to bad-smelling rubber glue they used on him). They entered Stinky in a huge underwater robot completion in California where, with creativity, they won against robots created by college students from M.I.T. and Stanford!!

Underwater robot StinkyUnderwater robot StinkyCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

Wrapping Up

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is an entertaining, inspiring, informative and fun film and it looks amazing on big IMAX screens. The movie made me, a journalist, want to be an engineer. From a design on a piece of paper to finished space stations, skyscrapers, bridges, roller coasters and so much more, engineers are changing the planet and many of them are young women.  

Engineer Avery gets thanks for her bridgesEngineer Avery gets thanks for her bridgesCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

We understand now that you don’t have to be a math and science whiz to become an engineer. This profession requires a lot of vision and creativity! Many of the engineers in the movie had to fight prejudice, didn’t start out with great educations yet ended up creating mind-blowing devices, bridges, cars and buildings that are changing peoples’ lives for the better. Also engineers aren’t cliché nerds as you might think. The ones featured in the film are all very cool.

Engineers - Angelica Hernandez, Menzer Pehlivan and Avery BangEngineers - Angelica Hernandez, Menzer Pehlivan and Avery Bang

You can really appreciate amazing structures and inventions on a big IMAX screen and you won’t be bored. The film looks and sounds great and is only 42 minutes long. We recommend that everybody see it. Maybe your school could arrange a showing? For the information, inspiration and pure scope of “Dream Big”, we can go 5 stars.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World Movie Rating: 5

Dream Big: Engineering Our World Movie PosterDream Big: Engineering Our World Movie PosterCourtesy of American Society of Civil Engineers

See Dream Big: Engineering Our World on large format and IMAX screens February 17th.


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