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What is Dream Big?

Inspired by ASCE National’s documentary film in partnership with MacGillivray Freeman Films, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, we created the Annual ASCE CSULB Dream Big: A K-12 Civil Engineering Outreach Event as our own Student Chapter's K-12 Outreach event to encourage young students to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. 

On December 1st, 2018, we held our very first event and hosted over

300 K-12 students from across Los Angeles and Orange County to the CSULB campus! We shared the wonders of civil engineering through various workshops, team building activities, laboratory tours, a professional panel, and of course, streaming the Dream Big movie itself! 

We're excited to announce that the ASCE CSULB Dream Big: A K-12 Civil Engineering Outreach Event will celebrate its sixth installment on Saturday, December 2nd 2023!

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? Register here.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Scroll down below.

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Designing the Present,
Building the Future

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About Our Workshops

Workshops for the ASCE CSULB Dream Big: A K-12 Civil Engineering Outreach event were designed, organized, and hand-picked to encourage young students to pursue a career in civil engineering! Below are some of the event's staple workshops and technical demonstrations! 

Design-Build Cardboard Box Activity
Critical Load (Playing Cards) Challenge
Safe Landing (Egg-Drop) Challenge
Manual Water Filtration Workshop
Soil Mechanics (Sand) Activity
Water Pipelines Workshop
Traffic Jamz Workshop
Popsicle Stick Bridge
LEGOMan Challenge

Complete Streets Workshop
Street Mix Workshop
Foil Boats Challenge
Spaghetti Towers
DIY Mini-GeoWall 
Liquefaction Demonstration
Water Purification Demonstration
Concrete Cylinders Demonstration
Total Station and Automatic Leveler Exercise

These activities are in conjunction with University Lab Tours (Environmental, Geotechnical, Surveying),

a Professional Panel, and the Dream Big film streaming.


The Power of Collaboration

The success of Dream Big since 2018 is all due to our amazing university student and professional volunteers! They are the heart and soul of the event. Their experiences, aspirations, and achievements are what inspire hundreds of K-12 students annually. We are grateful for the following organizations who have continually helped support and guide our program to grow into what it is today!

MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement)

ASCE Younger Member Forum (YMF) Groups:
Orange County (OC)
Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA)
ASCE Student Chapters:
UC Irvine
CSU Fullerton
CSU Northridge

Cal Poly Pomona
University of Southern California

Engineering Organizations:
American Public Works Association (APWA)
Association of General Contractors (AGC)

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Chi Epsilon: Civil Engineering Honor Society (XE)

Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS)


An Award Winning Program

In recognition of its impact to local K-12 students, the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) recognized CSULB ASCE's Dream Big as the 2020 Outstanding STEM Program. With the goal of "Designing the Present, Building the Future," the program provides students a personalized engineering adventure! A unique learning experience through a hands-on, interactive event designed to inspire young minds to thrive and find their passion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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