Omnitheater viewers will Dream Big beginning March 2 | Science Museum of Minnesota

Omnitheater viewers will Dream Big beginning March 2

Brand new giant screen film transforms our view of engineering, inspires hearts and minds of our next generation of engineers
February 16, 2018
Media Contacts

Kim Ramsden, PR Director, (651) 221-9423
Sarah Imholte, PR Specialist, (651) 221-9412

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Media preview screening is Tuesday, February 27 at 9 a.m.

Saint Paul, Minn. – This spring in the William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater at the Science Museum of Minnesota, viewers will get a whole new perspective on what it means to be an engineer in the brand new Dream Big: Engineering Our World giant screen film. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges and opening on Friday, March 2, Dream Big celebrates human ingenuity and innovation, as well as the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Media information is now online at

Members of the media are invited to a preview screening of Dream Big on Tuesday, February 27 at 9 a.m. Please RSVP to Sarah Imholte at [email protected].

One of the signature features of the Science Museum’s Year of the Engineer, Dream Big uses the Omnitheater’s giant screen to showcase engineering marvels big and small – from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest skyscrapers to underwater robots and solar cars. Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, Dream Big includes inspiring stories that put human faces on engineering careers, showing audiences that we all have the potential to succeed in the field and change lives for the better.

Dream Big introduces viewers to four individuals who are making their living as engineers. Viewers will meet Menzer Pehlivan, a geotechnical engineer whose career path was influenced by a deadly earthquake in her home country of Turkey during her childhood. They’ll meet Angelica Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant whose interest in engineering started with her high school robotics club. They’ll meet Steve Burrows, a structural engineer whose interest in engineering marvels of the ancient past informs his approach to the future. And they’ll meet Avery Bang, a young woman who was raised in the Midwest and uses her engineering skills to make lives better in undeveloped countries across the globe by building footbridges over impassable rivers.

“In Dream Big, Omnitheater viewers will be swept up in the spectacular footage of some of the world’s most remarkable engineering marvels,” says Mike Day, executive vice president at the Science Museum of Minnesota. “The Omnitheater’s 90 foot domed screen is the best place to see landmarks like the Great Wall of China, the Shanghai Tower, and Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium. But viewers are also going to find that the personal stories – engineering professionals whose careers were shaped by their earliest experiences with STEM – are touching and compelling. At the Science Museum, our mission is to show our visitors that we all have the power to dream big and turn our ideas into innovations. The stars of this film are doing just that – and in a way that is making life better for the people they touch.”

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a MacGillivray Freeman film, produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers. It is presented nationally by Bechtel Corporation and locally by 3M, with additional support from Comcast.

Visitor Information
Admission to Dream Big: Engineering Our World is $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for kids ages 4 to 12 and seniors. Combination Omnitheater and exhibit gallery admission is also available.

After its March 2 opening, Dream Big will run during regular Science Museum hours in the Omnitheater. For a complete list of show times and ticket reservations, visitors may call (651) 221-9444 or visit

Dream Big will run in the Omnitheater through October 11, 2018.

About the Science Museum of Minnesota
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