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Black History Month activities for families at Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center is honoring Black History Month with happenings all around the complex. There’s a scavenger hunt around the museum, sending people around the exhibits looking for clues leading to stories of African Americans who have made great achievements in science and technology.

Make It, Take It Activity workshops each weekend day will focus on concepts related to famous African-American inventors and scientists. Led by the Pacific Science Center’s Discovery Corps, the activities are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in the Ackerley Family Exhibiti Gallery. (All ages welcome).

On Saturday, Feb. 15, you can bead your name in binary to honor the achievements of Mark Dean, co-creator of the IBM personal computer of 1981. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the workshop centers on Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker water gun. Saturday and Sunday Feb. 22 and 23, the workshop will honor Patricia Bath, who developed laser surgery for cataracts, with a vision theme. And on Feb. 29 and March 1, the workshop will honor biochemist Marie Maynard Daly.

The Wednesday morning program for preschoolers, Playdates at PacSci, will have books by African-American authors at story time. Titles include “Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe,” by Irene Smalls, “Astro Girl,” by Ken Wilson-Max, “Little Melba and Her Big Trombone” by Katheryn Russell-Brown and “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson.

Also, the Laser Dome will be featuring black artists all month, and the IMAX theater will show "Black Panther" on Feb. 22 and 23.

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