The Science and Media Museum in Bradford has announced it will be celebrating the Year of Engineering with a 3D IMAX film alongside school events.

Shanghai Tower

The Year of Engineering is a government scheme that hopes to encourage more young people to look at careers within the engineering industry. 

The museum has launched a new film, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, to build on the scheme. The film will look at some of the ways in which engineers help improve the live and experiences around the globe.

It celebrates the ingenuity behind engineering marvels of all sizes, from the world’s tallest buildings and underwater robots to a solar car race and smart, sustainable cities. The film shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in ‘unexpected and amazing ways’. 

The title will be screening at the museum’s IMAX cinema, Picturehouse Bradford, throughout the year as part of its regular programme, but is highly recommended for schools and young people.

Dream Big is suitable for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 classes and ties in with Science, Physics and Engineering.

Selected dates are available for educational visits and teachers can find out more about school bookings on the website.

What else is there for schools?

In addition to the film, there will be associated events taking place for schoolchildren and teachers. 

On 7th February, the museum is running Dream Big: Schools Engineering Day for up to 250 school children. The day is free to selected schools and will reveal the creativity that drives engineers, while exploring how the skills they demonstrate are at the centre of everything we see and do. 

The event is aimed at Key Stage2 and 3 pupils and includes live science shows, Meet the Engineer sessions and a screening of Dream Big. 

Teachers are also invited to a free event, Inspiring the Curriculum: Dream Big, on 8th February 2018, 

for a dedicated afternoon for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) educators to meet, chat and discover new ideas. It will also include a free screening of Dream Big, plus CPD workshops, opportunities to meet professional STEM learning providers from the museum and elsewhere, and explore the Wonderlab gallery.

Elaine Richmond from the museum’s learning team, commented: “Not only is Dream Big a fantastic new IMAX film that will appeal to our regular visitors and IMAX audience, but it is also a great opportunity for us to inspire future generations by linking our world class collections to work of scientists and engineers around the world.”

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Image: Shanghai Tower, mentioned in the Dream Big IMAX film.