But What Is An Imagineer?An Imagineer is someone who creates innovations and carries them through to success in the outside world of competitive endeavors. You are an Imagineer when and if your innovations are successful in the real world. Innovations are very important. They are the new methods, ideas, or products that can ultimately lead to great results in the real world. But they have to be carried through to success. That is the job of the Imagineer.
Did Disney Invent Imagineering?Disney tried to patent the term Imagineering in 1967, claiming to have invented the term in 1962. However, the first use of the term was in 1942, and several individ-uals and companies had used it extensively well before 1950, so Disney was not granted the patent and is not the creator or anywhere near the earliest user of the term.
How Did I Learn About Imagineering?In 1957 Sperry Gyroscope Company, a highly successful company at that time, published an advertisement that designated me as an outstanding young Imagineer. I had been working on the problem that they referred to since 1950, so I had begun Imagineering 12 years before Disney, and I continued working as an Imagineer for the next 50 years. That is how I came to know something about Imagineering.
At Sperry we were working on marine engineering problems, mainly on nuclear submarines, which were brand new at the time. Every innovation that I brought to these systems was successful in the field, sometimes in spite of very difficult challenges and/or fierce competition, and they all continued to work for a very long time, sometimes as long, or longer, than 50 years. These innovations included the first digital computer integrated into a system on a Navy ship.
How Can You Learn About Imagineering?Follow these blogs. There are four groups of blogs, as noted below. Click to access the group you want:
These blogs are primarily for STEM students in High School
The imagineering information in these blogs is focused on STEM students in high school. This is the group from which we expect top-notch, winning innovators to emerge. But since these potential imagineers are also helped on their way by their parents and their teachers, the information has also been written to be accessible and hopefully interesting to parents and teachers. Most of the blogs are oriented primarily to students in the 12 to 20 age range, but some will be oriented specifically to parents and/or teachers.
CONCLUSIONThis website is dedicated to the creation of successful innovators, which I call Imagineers, primarily in the USA, but also overseas. It will cover why Imagineering is extremely important, how you can become an Imagineer, the best books on Imagineer-ing, and my book on Imagineering. The primary audience will be STEM students in and slightly above and below High School. But it will also address parents and teachers of STEM students, and other contacts who are helping to improve the status of STEM students. I will be posting three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I am an older guy, who before retirement was a very long-term and successful Imagineer, who would like to make a final contribution to the STEM students who would like to be successful innovators. Part of the contribution is this blog, and another part is a book I have written on the subject.
I believe that the potential audience for this material is quite large, both in the USA and overseas, but of course it must be connected with. I am 90 years old, but since innovation and imagineering are timeless subjects, I believe that I am fully competent to explain them. Separate from the blogs I will be connecting to a large number of agencies and individuals that support the increase and enhancement of STEM students.