In the educational film Dream Big: Engineering Our World, now showing at Orlando Science Center, Menzer Pehlivan narrates how she survived an earthquake in Turkey as a child. She wanted to help prevent future tragedies on that scale, and ss a result, she became a geotechnical engineer.
To teach others about what it means to be an engineer and inspire future engineers to follow their dreams, Menzer will be visiting Orlando Science Center on Saturday, June 24, to give a presentation and lead hands-on STEM activities. The presentation will be at 2 p.m. in the Digital Adventure Theater, complemented by showings of Dream Big and informal STEM activities in Engineer It throughout the day.
Menzer will give an introduction to each showing of Dream Big at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Meet Menzer Pehlivan
As a geotechnical engineer, Menzer has worked on numerous geotechnical and earthquake projects in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. She has given back as a volunteer in major earthquake reconnaissance efforts. Menzer currently works in the Seattle office of CH2M, a global engineering firm that provides consulting, design and construction services for corporations and government.
She recalls meeting one young student while filming Dream Big who could not believe her appearance.
“This little girl was looking at my heels and hair and she asked, ‘Are you sure you’re an engineer? You’re not just an actress playing an engineer?’ She said, ‘I didn’t know engineers could look like you.’ I think this is something too many people misunderstand. You can be an engineer and wear heels and dresses and be a ‘girly girl.’ Or you can be the opposite. Anyone can be an engineer.”
Menzer’s presentation and activities are included with daily general admission to Orlando Science Center, which is free for members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3 – 11).
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