Discovery Center Announces NEU Affiliation

Amarillo, TX – The Don Harrington Discovery Center (DHDC) has been officially accepted into the nationally recognized No Excuses University (NEU) program.

If you’ve been inside one of the nearly 25 Elementary, Middle or High School campuses in our area that are a part of the NEU program, you’ll notice a tremendous emphasis on college education. Classroom doors, the cafeteria, the gymnasium, common areas, as well as the teachers themselves are adorned in gear, colors, and merchandise that represent colleges and universities all over the country. The concept, to make sure each and every child is planning for their next step after graduation that includes some kind of secondary education, is meant to be the main focus at every NEU campus.

According to their website,, ‘The No Excuses University Network of Schools is a diverse and dynamic association of like-minded schools and education organizations from across the United States. Our Network is united by the belief that ALL children, even those who live in poverty or who are learning English, can be academically successful and attend college. No Excuses Universities know they have the power to make that dream a reality.’ From the time a student enters the classroom at the beginning of the year, to the last day of their senior year, that student is constantly asked the question, ‘What is your plan?’, versus asking ‘Do you have a plan?’. Each student is taught that in order to earn a livable wage, secondary education is required, whether that is a certification program, the military, or an associates, undergraduate, or graduate degree.

Although the Don Harrington Discovery Center is not a school, the NEU founders realized the kind of positive impact that a science museum like the DHDC can make on students and the community. The exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers can be introduced to children while they are there with their schools on a field trip, or there with their families on the weekends. The potential reach is great. The DHDC has spent about 2 years preparing and tailoring their offerings to become an NEU affiliated facility, and is the very first Science Museum to be added to the National network.

Executive Director, Dr. Aaron Pan, says ‘We are very excited that we are the first science museum to be part of the No Excuses University Network. Our mission and vision of lifelong learning, bringing communities closer together, and fostering the learning of science fits well with the goals of NEU. We believe we can highlight the importance of science focused careers, which are vital to our society and provide livable wages.’

An official announcement will take place at a press conference at the Don Harrington Discovery Center located at 1200 Streit Drive on Wednesday September 12th at 10:00 am. All press representatives are invited to come and hear more about the No Excuses University and ask questions about the DHDC’s specific plans for implementation. Questions about the press conference may be directed to Shanna Collins, Development, Marketing and Event Coordinator, at 806-355-9547 ext. 120 or email to

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The Don Harrington Discovery Center is a hands-on science center that makes science exciting, relevant and interesting to all types of learners by providing interactive exhibits and programs that actively engage children, adolescents and their families.  A 501-C3 nonprofit institution funded by admissions, memberships, and community support, the Discovery Center stimulates imagination, inquisitiveness and innovative thinking by partnering with donors to create quality programing and exhibits.  Visit for more information about memberships, exhibits, and shows.