ExxonMobil and former US astronaut Bernard Harris ended its 2009 "Dream Tour" in a presentation highlighting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to 10,000 Houston students on 14 December.
The event, presented by ExxonMobil, featured appearances from local athletes, ExxonMobil engineers, and performances from local artists all focused on encouraging students to pursue careers in math and science.
"ExxonMobil is focused on the need to attract more of America's students to pursue careers in math and science," said Gerald McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation.
"This starts with taking higher level math and science courses in middle school and high school. The classes they choose today can make or break their options for the future, and 'The Dream Tour, presented by ExxonMobil' is one way to highlight those career possibilities," McElvy added.