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On December 4th, 2019, the DDC STEAM Team and Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis, screened the documentary film, Dream Big, Engineering Our World for parents and middle school and high school girls in the Figure Skating in Harlem enrichment program.  After the screening Deputy Commissioner Llambelis spoke to the girls about the importance of internships and the many opportunities in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction management.  The documentary seeks to inspire young people to become curious about the world around them and show them how they can impact and advance societal good utilizing engineering.

The girls at Figure Skating in Harlem were excited to learn about how engineering can change the world and the lives of regular people for the better. The girls were engaged and inspired to learn about how global innovations, big and small, can start with a concept and transform into amazing structures and solutions to real world problems.

“Dream Big is a film that follows extraordinary engineers who have devoted their lives to keeping society safe and solving tomorrows challenges. It is our hope that this film will inspire our young people to become future innovators and to understand that they have the power to change the world.” said Lee Llambelis, DDC Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives. “Engineering is at a crossroads during these challenging times. Engineers must respond to the changing needs of an increasingly globally-connected and diverse population to address the many challenges our society will face and ultimately to better the human condition.” 

Sharon Cohen, Figure Skating in Harlem’s Executive Director stated, “What a fantastic experience for our girls! They were inspired to learn about engineering and its many incredible applications in the world.  I have no doubt that as a result there will be more girls of color studying these fields and helping to build our future.”

Dream Big sparks an adventure unlike any other. It is an epically fun tour of inspiration through the visionary advances made by yesterday’s, today’s – and most thrillingly of all, tomorrow’s – engineers. Throughout human history, engineers have been behind-the-scenes forging an ingenious variety of lifesaving, even civilization-altering, structures, gadgets and gizmos. Yet never before have engineers been so vital to humanity and or so visible in the culture. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, this is the story told by DREAM BIG, marking the first film to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative – which offers a fresh perspective on engineering and aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators, educators and leaders who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet throughout the 21st Century.

Produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, DREAM BIG reveals how engineers have changed both everyday lives and entire societies: from the Roman Arch to the Great Wall of China, from one much-needed village bridge to the cosmic International Space Station, from underwater robots to death-defying rollercoasters, wind-defying skyscrapers and pneumatic tube vehicles that might one day zoom at 700 MPH. The journey spans the globe because engineering is truly a universally shared need – from China and Nepal to Dubai, Australia and Haiti back to Seattle, San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona, following a group of engineers from diverse backgrounds, each excited to ask in their own way: “What cool solutions can we come up with next?”