Public Engineering Day - Halifax Central Library

Mar 25, 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Halifax Central Library



March 25, 2023, at the Halifax Central Library,
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax
10:00 AM to 2:00PM

Engineers Nova Scotia is happy to announce the return of the “Library Event” as part of National Engineering month.  This activity, long a favorite of Scout and Guide groups, is an opportunity to see and explore the world of engineering.

There will be displays and booths from industry, community, and universities.  As well, a “hands-on” design competition, open to the public,

The design competition is aimed at youths in the 11-14 age group.  

This year, the competition will be a ¬pasta bridge building contest sponsored by the Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering.  The objective is to build a bridge that can sustain the highest loads possible.  The pasta will be supplied by the Library Event.  

This year, the competition will be a ¬pasta bridge building contest sponsored by the Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering.  The objective is to build a bridge that can sustain the highest loads possible.  The pasta will be supplied by Engineers Nova Scotia for the Library Event.  

Groups are encouraged to brainstorm designs in advance.  [PowerPoint resources available at; BRIDGE BUILDING CONTEST GUIDELINES 

Scout/Guide groups are encouraged to register ahead of time by contacting Scouter John Blake ( or Guider Mae Seto ( by March 20th, 2023.

Scout/Guide groups that register in advance will be invited to tour cool Labs at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering and treated to a pizza lunch by the Faculty.  

If you would like to register a group, REGISTER  HERE
Entry fee is a donation of non-perishable food item for Feed Nova Scotia.

Schedule of Public Engineering Day Events
The Library Event starts at 10:00 am. 

Take a walk around the Halifax Central Library to see organizations that have come out in support of STEM.  Exhibitors available are SuperNOVA, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Code Ninjas (Kids learn to code in fun and exciting ways), Efficiency Nova Scotia, The LORIS CubeSat, Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA - is an organization that has been creating pathways to higher education in engineering and science for youth of African heritage in Nova Scotia), ACAM (Atlantic Canadian Aviation Museum) FSAE (Dal Student Team displyas their first Electric Racecar)  to name a few.  If you are interested in participating at Public Engineering Day on March 25th, with a table (free opportunity) Please reach out to

12:00pm Viewing of “DREAM BIG:  Engineering our World”
1:00pm   Destructive testing of bridges will start at 1:00 pm with awards and prizes to follow.

Viewing of this moviie is free, however registration for this event is required in order to ensure that space is available.  REGISTER HERE
Where: Halifax Central Library
Time:  12:00pm/Noon



Academy Award® Winning Actor, Jeff Bridges, narrates
MacGillivray Freeman’s newest 3D documentary
for IMAX® and Giant Screens Theaters

“DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World”

Celebrating human ingenuity and innovation while inspiring our future engineers

January 23, 2017, Laguna Beach, CA – Academy Award-winning actor, Jeff Bridges, lends his voice to narrate “DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World,” a new MacGillivray Freeman 3D film for IMAX and giant screen theaters opening globally beginning February 17, 2017.  Directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, and produced in partnership with American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation, “DREAM BIG” is a first of its kind film that will transform how we think about engineering.

From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars, and smart, sustainable cities, “DREAM BIG” celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the creativity and compassion that drive engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

“I am a believer in encouraging our youth to make a difference in the world, and “DREAM BIG” encourages young people to do just that,” says narrator Jeff Bridges.

 “As an innovator in his own field, Jeff Bridges brings his passion and inspiration to a film that encourages young people to think about engineering as a meaningful way to help others and leave a positive mark on the world,” says director Greg MacGillivray.  “Teachers and parents are looking for ways to turn kids on to science and engineering, and with “DREAM BIG” we hope to bring something new to that effort with an entertaining, visually spectacular film full of stirring human stories.”

One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award nominee, Jeff Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart” deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.  The actor’s multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres.  He has starred in numerous box office hits, including Gary Ross’ “Seabiscuit,” “The Fisher King,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “The Jagged Edge,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” “Blown Away,” “Fearless” and “American Heart” which earned Bridges an IFP/Spirit Award in 1993 for Best Actor. He appeared in the critically acclaimed “The Door in the Floor” which also earned him an IFP/Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor.  He has played a major featured role in other films including “The Muse,” “Arlington Road” and starred in “Simpatico,” “The Big Lebowski,” “White Squall,” “Wild Bill,” “Fat City” and “The Mirror Has Two Faces” among many others. Bridges starred in the Coen Brothers’ critically acclaimed western “True Grit” which landed him his sixth Oscar nomination as well as other recent movies such as “The Giver” and “TRON: Legacy” where he reprised his role from the 1982 classic film “TRON.” Bridges can most recently be seen in “Hell or High Water” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor for a Supporting Role.  In 1983, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world.  He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America.

DREAM BIG is the first giant screen project to promote the educational STEM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  MacGillivray Freeman Films and its partners at ASCE and Bechtel have produced educational materials to go with the film and are providing funding for programs at museums and science centers such as Engineering Festivals and Girls Night Out.  Some of the targeted programming is meant to introduce middle and high-school girls to dynamic women engineer role models to encourage their interest in engineering careers.   Also available are 50 hands-on engineering activities, educational videos, lesson plans for grades K-12 and other engineering-themed events.  These educational components are hosted on the educational website