Putnam Kicks Off DeepSea Challenge 3D with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa (February 20, 2015) – The Putnam is excited to announce the launch of the National Geographic documentary DeepSea Challenge 3D sponsored by Wells Fargo. According to the film’s website, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of travelling to the depths of the ocean, and Deepsea Challenge is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. The film chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench-nearly seven miles beneath the oceans surface-piloting a submersible he designed. The film is filled with breathtaking images from the dive and is a celebration of science, courage and extraordinary human aspiration.

The film will open with a public screening Thursday, February 26th. On the 26th, Dr. Chris Symons, National Geographic Explorer and Underwater Geologist, who worked alongside James Cameron while filming DeepSea Challenge 3D will be on hand. She will be signing autographs before the screening, as well as giving a background to the film and participating in a Q&A session after the film. Doors will open at 6PM that day, and tickets are available at the Putnam’s ticketing counter or by calling (563)324-1933. Tickets are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, students and military, and $6.50 for youth. Members receive $1 off.

Also on Thursday, February 26th, the Putnam is hosting over 100 local 4-8th grade girls for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. The afternoon will be dedicated to women in science and engineering, and Dr. Symons will answer questions, talk about her role in Cameron’s adventure, and join the girls in hands on learning activities, , as well as a screening of DeepSea Challenge 3D.

For more information on DeepSea Challenge 3D including a trailer for the film, please visit For more information on Dr. Chris Symons please visit To schedule an interview with Dr. Chris Symons or for more information regarding either event, please contact Anna Renkosiak at

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