Movie screening spotlights engineering careers

Local students were at the Capitol Theatre Thursday of last week to get a sense of what it is like to work as a professional engineer.

They were there for the screening of “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” narrated by Jeff Bridges.

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It was described by organizers as a movie that explores how engineers around the world make the world a safer and better place.   

The event was co-hosted by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) and North Battleford schools Holy Family School and École Monseigneur Blaise Morand. It was presented as part of Engineering and Geoscience Week, March 3 to 9

The movie itself showed the importance of engineering when it comes to constructing buildings, bridges and other infrastructure around the world. It also showed the importance of building them in a way to withstand the elements, such as high winds and earthquakes.

“The purpose was to inspire some young people to consider engineering as a career path in the future,” said North Battleford City Engineer Bob Anthony, P.Eng, who was the representative for APEGS at the North Battleford screening.

This was the first year “Dream Big” was screened by APEGS in North Battleford, said Anthony, but in past years it was screened by APEGS at the IMAX in Regina as well.

His role was to give the students a real-life perspective on what it was like to pursue engineering as a career. About 160 students from Holy Family School and École Monseigneur Blaise Morand were at Capitol Theatre for the screening Thursday, ranging Grades 5 through 7.

According to a news release from APEGS, about 100 schools in 45 communities across the province were hosting showings of the film, with approximately 150 engineers and geoscientists involved in presenting the movie to students. A copy of the movie is also being sent to 900 schools throughout the province.

 “APEGS has sent this movie out to schools across Saskatchewan, every school in Saskatchewan, and it’s a great inspirational film to inspire young people,” said Anthony.

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