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Jan. 27, 2017                                                                                               (203) 852-0700, ext. 2232 
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NORWALK, CT  –  Soar over the world’s tallest buildings, race in a solar-powered car and scale epic bridges – while also celebrating the inspired work behind them all – in “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” the new IMAX movie opening Feb. 17 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.Aquar.IMAX.DreamBig.GoldenGate copy 2

This spectacular film will show at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily in Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater, featuring a screen that’s six stories tall. It’s narrated by Academy Award®-winner Jeff Bridges, and sponsored locally by Bankwell.

Produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, “Dream Big” is the first giant-screen movie created with a STEM focus. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) For educators bringing their students to “Dream Big,” more than 50 hands-on engineering activities, lesson plans and videos are available online, all with a connection to a story or theme in the film.

“We know that educators are looking for new and effective ways to teach STEM, as required by state and federal standards,” said Tom Naiman, the Aquarium’s director of education. “‘Dream Big’ supports that effort in a very exciting way.”

Naiman added that “Dream Big” is not just for school groups.

“This is a beautiful inspiring film that everyone will appreciate – to see how these amazing structures are created and to also follow the stories of the people involved,” he said.

“Dream Big” celebrates human ingenuity and innovation over the centuries, while offering an exciting new perspective on what it means to be an engineer. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, “Dream Big” showcases engineering marvels, big and small.

The film also reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.

Its inspiring human stories include:

– Avery Bang, a young engineer who runs Bridges to Prosperity, a non-profit enterprise that builds footbridges over impassable rivers, thus providing isolated underdeveloped communities with access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities.

–  Dr. Menzer Pehlivan, who, after surviving a devastating earthquake as a young girl in Turkey, overcame naysayers to become a geotechnical engineer specializing in seismic hazards.

–  and an underprivileged high school robotics team of primarily Mexican immigrants that entered an underwater-robotics competition and succeeded against all odds.

Director Greg MacGillivray, a two-time Academy Award nominee and chairman of MacGillivray Freeman Films, said parents and teachers are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering.

“With ‘Dream Big,’ we wanted to bring something new to that effort with an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories that reveal the impact engineers have on our society,” MacGillivray said. “We hope it energizes kids of all ages, especially girls, to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world.”

“Dream Big” is presented by Bechtel Corporation, and will receive support across the country from 15 engineering organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

The film is 42 minutes long.

Also showing Feb. 17-June 30 are “Born to Be Wild” (weekdays only) and “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean” and “National Parks Adventure.” One IMAX movie is included with paid Maritime Aquarium admission: $22.95 for adults; $20.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+); and $15.95 for children (3-12).  Kids under 3, and Aquarium members, are admitted for free.

Reserve your tickets, view a trailer and get more details – including a link to the educational content for “Dream Big” – at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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