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An Evening of Dreaming Big

On Thursday, August 11, 2017, approximately 200 underserved students, grades 4-12, participated in an evening of ‘Dreaming Big’. The Fleet Science Center and local engineering professional societies invited students and their parents to see the IMAX film Dream BigEngineering Our World, meet and interact with engineering mentors, participate in engineering activities, and had a chance to win prizes by completing an engineering bingo card.


Engineering role models at the ASCE table encourage students to build a structure using toothpicks and marshmallows and place it on the shake table made of Jell-O.

Several engineers spoke during the Welcome Session and shared their professional stories with the students. The theme of the evening quickly became, “Even when you think you cannot be an engineer, keep going, keep working, and you can do it.”

Engineering mentor disciplines included; electrical, software, structural, bridge, transportation, civil/site, mechanical, materials, and the Civil Engineering Corps US Navy.

A big thanks to our ASCE mentor volunteers who participated: Nardin Metwashla, Rachel Norris, Vanessa Tarronas, Karibia Baillargeon, Eric Kelly, Mishi Joshi, Andrew Descary, and Kimberly Wender.