Beginning in 2008 through the support of the ExxonMobil Foundation, The DREAM TOUR, DARING TO REACH EXCELLENCE FOR AMERICA’S MINDS, had a goal of reaching 1,000,000 students, parents and teachers in the communities it visited in order to highlight the need for mathematics and science education. Since its inception it has reached over 50,000,000 through direct student and teacher participation, as well as numerous media impressions. This outreach program is held year-round to provide a platform for a National Dialogue to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to ensure a pipeline of people that are prepared to meet the economic requirements of the nation.
The DREAM Tour is an action packed one-hour segment brought to middle schools across the country. The program includes a motivational message delivered by Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space and features moving lights, state-of-the-art speakers, the latest music, shuttle chairs and a visually entertaining program. In addition to Dr. Harris’ message, students are introduced to positive people doing positive things. Among these individuals include an ExxonMobil Rock Star of STEM and former Horatio Alger winners.
Upon the conclusion of the DREAM Tour program, Dr. Harris meets with thirty of the top math and science students for a thirty minute question and answer opportunity. Starting in January of 2009, the Tour added a component called the Educational Forum.
Since its inception, the DREAM Tour has impacted the lives of 53,362 students from 483 schools in 42 cities across the country. Through live streaming, the Tour has been able to reach an additional 48,610 students totaling 101,972 in just four years. Forty eight ExxonMobil Rock Stars of STEM have delivered their positive message on STEM education to the Dream Tour students. In the Fall of 2011, the Dream Tour crossed the Atlantic ocean to Africa. Dr. Harris and the Dream Tour team hosted events in four cities in the following countries: Nigeria, South Africa and Angola. Over 2,000 students in these countries were impacted by the Dream Tour message. Wrapping up 2011, the Tour returned state-side and hosted programs in New York City, Washington D.C., San Antonio and Dallas.
The Dream Tour Locations Map
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I thought Dr. Harris’ presentation was fantastic. It had a lot of advice for kids; it really gave a lot of information for various careers you can have for STEM, talked about goal setting and how if you start on one career path it might lead you to other opportunities.
Career Guide for Romig Middle School in Anchorage Public Schools
I loved it! It really inspired me and I learned a lot. He really just let me know I can be anything and do anything I want to – the sky’s the limit!
7th grade student from Mobile, Alabama
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Houston, Texas 77056