Well, it’s not a stretch to say that America needs more imagineers—young entrepreneurs who can imagine what others dare not, and who have the technical skills to build what others cannot. Disney, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Apple, IBM, Google, and Microsoft are just a few of the iconic American brands built by young imagineers.
This nation has a rich history of imagineering, but we risk diminishing that great legacy if we don’t do something now to create an environment where more young people can unleash their curiosity through science, technology, engineering, and math. American actor and activist, Ossie Davis, once stated that he had an experience as a child that was so powerful, it stayed with him the rest of his adult life. The exact words of his remarks are something like this: “My imagination caught fire, and I have never been able to put the fire out.”
Today, some of the nation’s oldest and largest youth development organizations (YDOs) are stepping forward to do something bold. Together, we will work in an unprecedented way to spark the curiosity for a new generation of imagineers. We know that American businesses are struggling to find the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics talent they need to stay competitive. By sharing our data, exchanging our content, and delivering high-quality experiences that make STEM fun and exciting, we will bend the STEM supply curve.
We will do our part to help America remain competitive, prosperous, and curious.
Until we can commit the time and thought necessary to properly labeling our partnership, we will take our inspiration from Disney’s Imagineering Department and will refer to it temporarily as the
We have agreed to the following principles that will inform our collective efforts at both the national and local levels. These operating principles are designed to create the conditions for effective and sustainable collaboration and to minimize conflict.
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As the Imagine Partnership moves forward, the “what” is becoming a bit more clear. On the pages that follow we highlight some of the organizing features of the collaborative model for which we intend to seek financial support. The model is still being designed, but at its core is the goal of delivering high-quality, out-of-school time STEM experiences—in an unprecedented way—that spark the curiosity for a new generation of imagineers.
Tagline: If you can imagine it, you can create it.
Description: The Imagine Science Campaign is a collaborative, community-wide, summer long experience that encourages youth to imagine the future through discovery and exploration in science, technology, engineering, and math.
In its current form, the Imagine Science Campaign will test features of a collaborative model, such as the following:
We anticipate that working together will bring with it a number of tangible benefits to each of our respective organizations, such as:
Selecting the right local community for an Imagine Science Campaign will require some thought. The ideal local community will be one in which we can make measurable gains in the number of youth who are engaged in, and motivated about, STEM. The following criteria are among those from which we will use to choose a local community where we can test our collaborative model:
We intend to develop the framework for the campaign and a proposal to finance its implementation by the end late August 2014. We will be convening thought leaders and community partners soon to help us co-create this campaign.