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The Dream Tour

Program History

From 2008 to 2011, through the support of the ExxonMobil Foundation, The DREAM TOUR, DARING TO REACH EXCELLENCE FOR AMERICA’S MINDS, traveled the US and abroad to reach students, parents and teachers and  highlight the need for mathematics and science education. The Dream Tour reached over 50,000,000 people through direct student and teacher participation, as well as numerous media impressions. 

Program Model

The DREAM Tour is an action packed program brought to secondary level schools across the country. The visually entertaining program includes some or all of the following elements:a motivational message delivered by Dr. Bernard Harris Jr., the first African American to walk in space and/or other STEM professionals (called Rock Stars of STEM); moving lights; state-of-the-art speakers playing the latest music; and NASA shuttle chairs. In addition to Dr. Harris’ message, students are introduced to positive people doing positive things. 

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.

The Educational Forum is an optional component of the tour, focused on community leaders and parents.

For more information on hosting a tour, please contact The Harris Foundation at


Past Dream Tour Locations
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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.

Kori Engstrom
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!

Passiah White
7th grade student from Mobile, Alabama





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