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July 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Color Book honors Black astronauts

The Color Book Gallery, located at 6353 Germantown Ave., will host its annual space shuttle event for families who want to learn more about African-American astronauts, as well as gaining the chance to build their own space shuttle. This event will be held Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.

The Pyramid STEM Program, which is a community-based initiative to increase awareness in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"[STEM helps to] lead to college education and career paths in those interrelated fields," said Deborah Gary, President of DHEx Enterprises and Color Book Gallery. "We will partner with some of the major technology and foundations to support our mission."

This event will cover many areas of technology and science by providing hands-on science projects, brainteasers and exposure to several child-friendly online sites. The exhibit area, the children's area and the computer room will be available from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and attendees are welcome to come at any time. LAK, the Hip Hop Educator, will also be performing from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and special speakers will be scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. To end the event, the movie, "'Egypt During the Golden Age:' When Black Men Ruled the World" will be shown.

Children will learn more about African-American astronauts by having poster exhibits placed.

"We will [also] have a local expert at the exhibit to answer questions," Gary said.

Space shuttle kits, available for $5, will help enhance the child's learning experience. Included in the kit will be a miniature replica of the Space Shuttle, a poster exhibit of African-American astronauts, a glove box where hands can be inserted to manipulate objects and possibly a computer to determine your weight on various planets.

"The focus of this event is primarily to stimulate an interest in information technology," Gary said. "It has an influence in every aspect of our lives and there is a high demand for employees in the many technology careers."

For those who are unable to attend this event, the Second Annual Pyramid STEM Showcase will be held Feb. 16 at the Zion Community Center, located at 3601 N. Broad St. Held annually during National Black Family Technology Awareness Week and African American History Month, this event will expand the knowledge base of the community with historic references and exposure to current technologies. This event is free.

For more information about these two events, please visit www.dhexenterprises.com or call (215) 844-4200.