Dream Big: Engineering Our World - DuPage Children's Museum

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Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings and underwater robots to a solar car race and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.


With its inspiring human stories and powerful visuals, Dream Big also reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all.


Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers, presented by Bechtel Corporation.

Educational Activities that Engage


Dream Big! Educator Guides feature 12 Lesson Plans for grades K–12 tied to Next Generation Science Standards. Specific hands-on activities extend learning and create opportunities to practice design-build-engineering skills. Each activity outlines a specific challenge, lists materials required, provides preparation guidelines, detailed instructions, discussion questions, activity variations, and relevant terminology to help introduce the engineering mindset.


DCM Recommends:

My Robot Friend | grades 3–5 and 6–8 (15–30 minutes)

Design Challenge: Program a “humanoid robot” to build a structure.

Explore Engineering and Science Connections as well as Computer Programming and Machine Learning.


Windy City Tower | grades 6–8 (20–40 minutes)

Design Challenge: Make a paper tower that can withstand as much wind as possible, without sliding or toppling over.  

Explore Engineering Design Process and STEM connections through Physics, Force and Mathematics

Extend the Learning

Add a STEM with DCM Lab

Educators can extend learning and promote critical thinking through hands-on discovery by booking STEM with DCM Labs facilitated by Museum educators — providing academic enrichment that is fun for students and easy for teachers. 

Build A Bridge lab spans 90 minutes. Students are empowered to drive their own learning — by building, making, engineering, and experimenting their way through engaging STEM challenges. Learn more about Build A Bridge here. 

Book a Virtual Film Field Trip Today!

Virtual Film Field Trip includes:


  • One, 40-Minute MacGillivray Freeman film (made for IMAX® and giant screen theatres)
  • Educator Guides with resources to guide content, discussion, and activities
  • Detailed lesson plans for hands-on activities
  • Each activity is 20–40 minutes
  • Experiences that equate to more than a week’s worth of science education!

Cost: $165 per classroom
(up to 30 students)


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