The National Science Foundation is proud to be a major supporter of BUILDING BIG, the exciting new television series celebrating the built environment and the people behind it. Very few of us who are not engineers understand the vital role that civil engineering plays in our world today. Bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, domes, dams, and other structures -- the visible products of the science of civil engineering -- have changed the way we interact with our environment. These structures are daily reminders of the importance of science and mathematics in making our lives safer and more comfortable.
The BUILDING BIG television series and its exceptional outreach materials invite audiences to experience the challenges and excitement of building on a large scale. It is my hope that children and their families will view civil engineering with a new understanding and affection as a result of this series and the materials that accompany it.
The National Science Foundation is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of science for everyone, and to encouraging young people to pursue careers in science. BUILDING BIG is a fine addition to our efforts toward those goals. I welcome you to the construction crew and hope that you enjoy the adventure.