The Harris Foundation

The Harris Foundation invests in community-based initiatives to empower individuals to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. Founded in 1998, The Harris Foundation, Inc.

(THF) is a 501 (c) (3), non‐profit organization based in Houston, Texas , whose mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and other economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. See below for more information on the education, health and wealth initiatives of The Harris Foundation.

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And the winner of the Bernard Harris Scholar Awards is...

Meem Hoque is this year's recipient of the Bernard Harris scholar award! Meem excelled in math, science and technology, and demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in these areas. She is involved in the Harris Book Club, Academic UIL, National Junior Honor Society and Math Counts.

Meem has perfect attendance for all 3 years in Middle School and has also earned all A’s from 6th-8th grade. Her future goals include becoming a doctor and part time author.

We wish her all the best in her personal and professional life!

North East Independent School District - NEISD Bernard Harris @HarrisMiddleSchoolBand

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Broadway in Houston: Students to meet cast of hit musical 'Hamilton' Some Houston high school students have a ticket to "Hamilton," one of the hottest shows in town, thanks to an education program.


Space Center Houston Web Store :: Ticket Selection

Space Center Houston is offering $5 off regular admission until June 4! Online only with discount code HEATUP02. Make your visit complete with the new Astronaut Audio Tour, in which astronauts explain what you will be seeing. Learn more about our audio tour


Here are all the Superstar winners of Dare To Dream 2018!
Alief Independent School District
Alief Heflin Elementary School
Alief Budewig Intermediate School
Alief Independent School District
Alief Klentzman Intermediate School
Atherton Elementary School
Alief Owens Intermediate School
Alief Kennedy Elementary School
Alief Cummings Elementary School
Alief Chambers Elementary School

Thank you University of Houston and its UH College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM) for hosting the event!


Cesar Gerrard (Harris County Juvenile Probation Department) receiving an award for his work in the dare to Dream program. Derrick Boxill (winner in 2017, and also a JPO) presented him with this year's award.

The Harris Foundation is deeply grateful to Juvenile Detention Officers Gerrard, Boxill, and so many other JPOs who have worked so hard with our program in the past several years!


Today was also a slightly sad day... Our wonderful coworker and friend Andrea Mosley is saying goodbye to the Dare to Dream Program, which she excelled in directing for the last few years.

We say 'slightly' sad because we know that others will be lucky enough to witness her enthusiasm, energy and love.

We wish you all the best in your new endeavors, Andrea!


Today is a happy day!
The University of Houston is hosting the Dare to Dream End of Year Celebration! Here are some of the photos of the event. Students of the participating schools posed with Dr. Bernard Harris for some photos.

The UH College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM) hosted the event. Here is the full program, which included a welcome by Andrea Mosley, Program Director
and a few exciting moments such as:
Prescription for Success: Justice Watson, Atherton Elementary School

Mission Specialist Spotlight
Kaleb Myles Atherton Elementary School

Skit presentations by several schools:

Alief Owens Intermediate School
Alief Klentzman Intermediate School
Alief Kennedy Elementary School
Alief Heflin Elementary School
Alief Cummings Elementary School
Alief Chambers Elementary School
Alief Budewig Intermediate School
Atherton Elementary School

There were Superstar Awards & Poster Winners, as well as an address to Mission Specialists & Skit Winners by Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., Founder and President. 04/19/2018

MINDDRIVE Social Fuel | Creative Workbench

Tomorrow one of us at the Harris Foundation will be at Alief Klentzman Intermediate School for their Career day! Professionals in several areas will talk to 5ht and 6th grade students about the careers they have chosen and why.

We will focus on social media careers. Next is one of the social media campaign that we will discuss with the students! We chose it as is an incredibly creative materialization of social media for social good!

Here is the story: In Kansas City, the Minddrive program helped students overcome the dropout rate seen across the city, as a result of the program, graduation rate reached 100% in some cases. But... nobody knew about the success of this program outside Kansas City.

So students and teachers involved in Minddrive engineered a car where post on Facebook and Instagram (among other platforms) using the Minddrive hashtag were translated in watts of power that propelled the car! As a result the car drove all the way from Kansas City to Washington and the students were able to describe the program and hope that their move inspired and impacted education reform.

It is a 'literal' - while very creative - interpretation of the idea of social media "propelling" social good!

See the video at


Andria Zafirakou - Global Teacher Prize 2018 - Top 10

Gang culture is a global problem. Listen to 2018 Best World teacher, Andria Zafirakou, talk about how it affects the London area where she teaches...

Mrs. Zafirakou has just been awarded the Global Teacher Prize by the Varkey Foundation.

She works arts & textiles at a Northwest London school where over 35 different languages are spoken. In her own words "there is a gang culture outside of our school's gates."

Last week Alief Klentzman Intermediate School hosted the HCSO Day, as part of the Dare to Dream program, directed by Andrea Mosley (The Harris Foundation). We are so grateful to the Harris County Sheriff's Office for having dedicated one the sessions to gang culture and how to have our students fight it. 03/30/2018


Today is the deadline for youth ages 16 to 24 to apply for internship and job opportunities at public and private employers throughout the Houston area! This is one Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, initiatives Hire Houston Youth

And save the date: April 5th event on Hire Houston Youth “An able and ready workforce is critical to ensure a strong economic future for Houston. I am committed to providing access to internships and job opportunities for our young people who live in the city. I call our corporate partners, other governmental entities, and community organizations to par...


More photos of Dare to Dream Spring 2018 Harris County Sheriff Operations Investigation Day!

From the photos, it's obvious the interest that students have in fingerprinting.. How to recognize gangs' tattoos also suggested many questions from the youngsters. And in the 'auto theft' session, students (and teacher!) got to wear a bulletproof vest!

Alief Budewig Intermediate School
Alief Heflin Elementary School
Alief Owens Intermediate School
Alief Cummings Elementary School
Alief Chambers Elementary School
Alief Klentzman Intermediate School

Many thank to the Harris County Sheriff's Office !! 03/26/2018


Mayor Turner extends Hire Houston Youth application deadline to Friday, March 30th!!

Mayor Sylvester Turner is extending this important deadline to Friday, March 30... Youngsters 16 to 24 years old have until then to complete applications for jobs with private sector employers and non-profits through the Hire Houston Youth summer internship program.

Accepted applicants will be paid an hourly wage of $8. In 2017, the city helped place 5,000 young people in summer jobs. This year, the city's goal is 7,500 job opportunities.

Young people can apply online now until March 30 at

"Summer employment provides young people with an opportunity to gain workforce readiness skills, engages them in positive activities during the summer, and links them to long-term career opportunities." said Mayor Turner.

Employers can partner with Mayor Turner's Hire Houston Youth initiative by signing up online at If an employer cannot hire directly, it can provide a young person with an opportunity at a local nonprofit organization with a tax-deductible pledge of $2,500. For any questions on how to partner, please contact Emma Oliver at [email protected].

For more information, please visit

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner “An able and ready workforce is critical to ensure a strong economic future for Houston. I am committed to providing access to internships and job opportunities for our young people who live in the city. I call our corporate partners, other governmental entities, and community organizations to par...


Stephen Hawking on students studying STEM: "They’re going to make lives better, they’re not just going to solve math problems.”



Get ready for Texas Energy Olympiad this Saturday!

Applications closed last month. The Olympiad takes place in only 2 days, on February 9. Rules for this year were simple:
- Texas resident currently enrolled in a high school program.
- Graduate from high school no later than Summer 2022.

The Olympiad is in line with United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.



The Energy Olympiad hosts two competitions in the Spring: the Youth Energy Summit and the Longhorn Energy Summit.

The Olympiad exists to give Longhorns and Texas high school students the opportunity to "tackle cutting edge problems in the field of energy, develop innovative solutions, and find the resources to develop their ideas."

The Olympiad is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin, The Energy Institute, UT Austin, Texas Student Media, The University of Texas Student Government and Envoy on Youth.


CoDrone Unboxing

CoDrone launched in 2016. If you are using it for your coding classes - or are considering doing so - here is a great lesson plan on While-Loops and Do While-Loops:

A first look at the brand new CoDrone! Good luck building and coding! Have any questions? For more information, visit our community site at http://community.... 01/19/2018

Educators Conference

During #SEEC at the Space Center Houston with STEM on Station, a NASA Education activity will be conducting an ISS downlink to speak with astronaut educators!

Mark your calendars: Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), Feb1-3.

The session will also include astronaut-teachers Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Barbara Morgan, and current astronaut and former teacher Ricky Arnold who will be on station in March.

More info at:

#SEECSpace #TeacherOnBoard
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Center Houston, nonprofit gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center and Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate museum, inspires wonder in space exploration.


The Village School

Development, Commercialization, and Marketing of Innovative Healthcare Technology Solutions with Tom Luby, and Chuck DelGrande, facilitated by Gabriella Rowe. #TXSTEAMSummit


The Village School

Danielle Olson delivering her session on virtual reality during the Texas STEAM Summit at The Village School last weekend.

Designing for Virtual Reality with Danielle Olson from MIT. 01/16/2018

Texas STEAM Summit

Dr Bernard Harris was a keynote speaker at tThe 2nd Annual Texas STEAM Summit, hosted by The Village School and Nord Anglia Education in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The summit is a premier event supporting the cultivation of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics in K-12 education. The Texas STEAM Summit (, hosted by The Village School ( in collaboration with MIT, is an event supporting collaboration among the arts, math and the sciences. The conference is designed for independent and public school educators, and this year�... 01/10/2018


Fresh from the Press: BIG NEWS!
CASIS and Marvel have teamed up to present the Guardians of the Galaxy Space Station Challenge. This exciting competition challenges U.S. students (between the ages of 13-18) to submit a research experiment idea in the areas of plant biology or technology development for a chance to have their experiment conducted aboard the world’s only orbital laboratory!
Visit To learn more.
Competition ends January 31, 2018 Launch STEM Learning into Orbit SPACE STATION EXPLORERS is a consortium of organizations that make STEM learning exciting through unique programs and products related to the International Space Station. Explore this site to learn about the people, technology, and science experiments onboard the ISS,... 01/09/2018

Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama, Best of Today - BBC Radio 4

Recently, Prince Harry - who will be very much in the news until the upcoming royal wedding - had a chance of interviewing Barack Obama in a radio show.

We encourage you to click on the photo to listen to the podcast of that piece, as Obama made some very interesting points about the risks of social media, which can be relevant for educators and parents.

The podcast is by BBC Radio 4. Photo source: The Obama Foundation/BBC Radio 4.

This happened in Toronto in September 2017, during the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event created by Prince Harry, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. The former US President opens about his term in office and what the future holds


Internship/Co-Op Summer 2018 (McGregor)

Time to start thinking about those Summer internships! It's never too soon.

SpaceX has 1 intern opening for Summer 2018 at McGregor, TX

Many other SpaceX internship positions at Cape Canaveral, CA and Irvine, CA. Just browse SpaceX careers page!

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars. INTERNSHIP/CO-OP SU...


How to make a supernova part I (Novae making-of)

By way of wishing you a happy new year, today we share a creation by Thomas Vanz: Novae.

Novae is a movie about an "astronomical event that occurs during the last evolutionary stages of a massive star's life, whose dramatic and catastrophic death is marked by one final titanic explosion called supernova."

Vanz was inspired by Kubrick but for his piece he used only an aquarium, ink and water... No computer generated imagery was used!

This is the steps for the creation of the short-film Novae. Thomas Vanz (director) Vimeo : Soundcloud : 12/29/2017

Educators Conference

The Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) is almost here!

Students' works that are space themed and portable are wanted!

As a follow up to last year's conference keynote on Science and Art at SEEC, a small exhibit of selected works will be hosted at the Educator Resource Center (ERC).

If interested, submit a photo and exhibit card to: [email protected]

Exhibit card should contain:
- Artist and school
- Title of work
- Medium
- Brief description (1or 2 lines)

SEEC will take place in February, at the Space Center Houston, which is the nonprofit gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center and Houston's first Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

Space Center Houston Space Center Houston, nonprofit gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center and Houston’s first Smithsonian Affiliate museum, inspires wonder in space exploration.


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Happy Holidays from us all at the Harris Foundation!

A few months back we wrote about Amazon's STEM TOYS Club subscription - - but there are other similar clubs and they are *reproducing" at skyrocket speed...

With Christmas coming up, why not consider a subscription on one of the several STEM toy companies out there? Other examples are:

Typical subscriptions are $20 a month. Some - like kiwico - allow to select date of delivery and include materials for educators / parents about the STEM tous included.

You should do your research before you settle for one. The investment is not trivial but if they fulfill their promise, these club subscriptions could be a great gift for your children!

Stay warm and happy holidays!

Don't miss our best deal on monthly projects that equip kids ages 0-16+ with the tools and confidence for creative problem solving by exposing them to STEAM (Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Math.

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