STEAM Tips from Walt Disney Imagineering: Technology, Science & Math

Disney Imagineers are sending a few tips our way using STEAM! If you aren’t familiar with the “STEAM” acronym, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Disney Imagineers are jumping in with this hands on learning approach, now with the “T”, “S”, and “M” in STEAM. That’s right, Science, Technology and Math! Check out the tips below as shared by DisneyParksBlog:


Imagineers use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) every day to create groundbreaking experiences that are not only appealing, but also properly designed in terms of size, materials and coatings. To round out our series about STEAM tips from Imagineers, several of the technical artists at Imagineering shared their tips as it relates to technology, science and math.

Tip – Take things apart to see how different technologies are incorporated into one system
Liz Diaz, a senior ride mechanical engineer, said, “Look at all the things around you and learn how they work. Take something apart (with permission if needed!) and see if you can’t put it back together. Attractions are created from many different technologies incorporated into one amazingly complex system. Learning how everything works helps to apply these different technologies in new and exciting ways.”

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Tip – Be a great scientist by developing your observation skills
Alfredo Ayala, a Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development executive, suggests, “To be a great scientist you need to develop great observation skills. Robot animation requires the ability to merge real world physics with the art of acting, dance and music. Next time you talk with someone, notice their movements, the locations of their eyes and their facial expressions. Observe how they change when you ask them a question. This exercise helps you strengthen your observation skills. We are always exploring how math is present in art and technology.”

Tip – Take a class about logic and truth tables to make sense of complex scenarios
David Gaetke, a project coordinator, said, “Logic and truth tables are a great way to navigate through a complex scenario with many possible outcomes and multiple decision makers (did someone say ‘group project?’). First, you’ll want to map out the logic path for each scenario. There are some great resources online if you’re not familiar with how to do this. Then, weigh the pros and cons of each outcome. Finally, present your findings to your team and guide them through making a decision. I use this method to see what implications design decisions will have further down the road, or to make a decision between two seemingly similar options.”

Source: DisneyParksBlog

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We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.