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IRVING, Texas -- ExxonMobil and former astronaut Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. gave Boy Scouts and their scout masters a first-hand experience with the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math at the National Scout Jamboree, the company reported.
"ExxonMobil is focused on inspiring America's young minds through engaging educational programs such as The Dream Tour," Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil and current national president of the Boy Scouts of America, said in a released statement. "It is a privilege to have Dr. Harris at this year's National Scout Jamboree, where so many heard his inspirational message about the possibilities of math and science in realizing one's dreams."
"The Dream Tour, presented by ExxonMobil" featured Dr. Harris, ExxonMobil engineers and high-tech, high-energy performances -- all focused on encouraging scouts to pursue careers in math and science. Boys from across the country joined Dr. Harris, a former scout himself, for the two-hour program where they also earned a unique patch that was designed for the event, the company stated.
"When I was growing up, I dreamed of traveling in space. Education and being a scout enabled my dream, and now I encourage these scouts to follow their dreams by pursuing careers in math and science," Dr. Harris said in a released statement. "America's students have incredible opportunities. The Dream Tour is one way to open their eyes to the limitless possibilities they have, as long as math and science education is part of the equation."