The Dream Tour is a motivational program that encourages America’s middle school students to both find and achieve their potential by encouraging them to go to college and study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as a way to fulfill their dreams.
Created by The Harris Foundation
and funded by a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation
, the Tour’s goal is to reach over 1,000,000 students, teachers and parents by the year 2010. We encourage communities to demand access to strong science and mathematics programs in their schools, improved teacher training in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and increased access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses for their students.
The Tour is the Harris Foundation's
second educational outreach project with the ExxonMobil Foundation, which also partnered with Dr. Harris to create the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps (EMBHSSC
); A free academic program for middle school students focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The camps are held each summer at 23 colleges and universities nationally.
What are the site selection criteria?
The Harris Foundation (THF
) will identify ten (10) middle schools in ten U.S. cities to conduct the program. The cities will be selected based on the targeted populations, community need, local desire and local support for the program. The Dream Tour is a program that will empower individuals, in particular the underserved and underrepresented to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.
The program will use a combination of an Internet-based curriculum and personal appearance to promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It will involve the local area teachers and parents to support the educational lessons and direct students to resources to enhance preparation for careers in STEM.I'm a student and this program didn't come to my school. Can I still use the materials on The Dream Tour site?
Absolutely! We encourage you to register
and begin using the materials on the site. Whether The Dream Tour has come to your school or not, you can still participate and earn points towards prizes each time you complete the games, quizzes and curriculum projects on our site. We are still building the site - we'll have those items up shortly.I'm a teacher and this program didn't come to my school. Can I still use the curriculum materials on The Dream Tour site?
Of course! Our mission is to touch as many students and teachers as possible. We're delighted that you would consider our materials for use in our classroom. If you have questions about the materials, please contact us at email@example.com
for more information.What is a Science and Mathematics Rock Star?
A Dream Tour Rock Star is an individual who is working in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics profession. They are individuals who are leaders in their industry and role models in their communities. The Rock Stars will include a number of ExxonMobil
employees and others from within each of the communities, cities or states that we tour.Who is Bernard Harris?Bernard A. Harris, Jr., M.D.President and Founder of The Harris Foundation. Inc.
Defining himself as a “dreamer who believes nothing is impossible,” Bernard A. Harris, Jr., M.D
. is an accomplished NASA astronaut, physician and businessman. He currently serves as president of The Harris Foundation, Inc.
, a non-profit organization he founded in 1998 to develop math/science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth. Because he credits his personal achievements to self-empowerment and self-determination, he uses this foundation to inspire young people that they can do anything, if they only set their mind to it.
Harris himself has accomplished many feats throughout his life. In 1990, he was selected as a NASA astronaut and flew his first mission three years later. A payload commander of STS-63, the first flight of the joint Russian-American space program, Harris accomplished his childhood dream by completing a walk in space, becoming the “First African American to walk in Space”. At the time of his retirement from NASA in 1996, he had logged more than 438 hours in space and traveled over 7.2 million miles.
Equally as impressive as his space career, Harris has developed a broad range of business talents. He served as Vice President of SPACEHAB, Inc., where he was involved in business development and marketing of the company’s space-based products and services. He also was Vice President of Business Development for Space Media, Inc., establishing an international space education program for students. In addition, he is a member of the board of some of the leading technology companies in the world. Collectively, Harris has 37 years of total experience in research, management and hardware/product development. He continues to author numerous scientific publications.
A native Texan born in 1956, Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Houston and later obtained a doctorate of medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. A trained aerospace flight surgeon, he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic and fellowship at the NASA Ames Research Center. Other degrees include a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston Clear Lake and two Honorary Doctorate of Science degrees from Morehouse School of Medicine and Stony Brook University (SUNY).
He holds several faculty appointments including, Associate Professor in internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Harris serves on several federal, state and corporate boards. He is also a licensed private pilot.
Throughout his life, Harris has received numerous awards and recognition, including election as Fellow of the American College of Physicians, NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Award of Merit, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was the recipient of the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.
Married with one child, Harris resides in Texas with his family. What is The Harris Foundation?
Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation
is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose overall mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular the underserved and underrepresented. to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams.
The Education Mission of the Harris Foundation is to enable youth to develop and achieve their full potential through the support of social, recreational, and educational programs for grades K-12. Through several initiatives—the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, Dare to Dream and now the DREAM Tour—the foundation encourages math and science education, motivates youth to stay in school, fosters youth leadership and citizenship, as well as instills the values of responsibility, fairness and respect. To date, more than 3,500 K-12 students have participated and benefited from THF programs. www.theharrisfoundation.orgWhat standards are used to write your curriculum?
The Dream Tour curriculum writers craft our curriculum to meet National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) standards.