In January 2003, ASIMO began to visit science museums and educational facilities throughout North America as part of the ASIMO North American Educational Tour. At the last scheduled venue, the California Science Center, ASIMO welcomed some special guests.
ASIMO's North American Educational Tour began with a kick-off event in New York in January 2003. ASIMO visited various science museums and educational facilities throughout North America, and spoke to children about the wonders of science and technology, and the importance of having and holding onto your dreams. During this time, almost 100,000 people gathered at the venues where ASIMO was appearing, and ASIMO was constantly followed by praise and applause.
The final venue of the tour was set to be the California Science Center. More than 1,000 people gathered at the venue to make it a wonderful day. As it was Valentine's Day, ASIMO invited some special guests to celebrate the event. This was the most popular event of ASIMO's entire tour. American TV personalities, as well as Disneyland robot engineers and the girl who danced with ASIMO in the ASIMO advertisement shown on TV in Japan, all appeared on stage. She was particularly happy to have the chance to meet ASIMO again. All the guests were amazed at ASIMO's smooth bipedal walking ability, and the ability to climb and descend stairs. At the end of the event, all the guests had the opportunity to have their photographs taken with ASIMO.