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World class technology giant, Microsoft, will join with The Confidence Group in Dallas, Texas to host YouthSpark Live, a special day-long event where more than 3,000 students in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area will get to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.) fields — and have fun doing it. On Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.., the Irving Convention Center will be home to technical training, educational sessions, empowerment seminars, gaming sessions, music and entertainment, and giveaways. Best of all, it’s free!

 First Black Astronaut to Walk in Space

He will stand before his Dallas audience as the embodiment of the possible and the can-do spirit, as a pioneer who has gone where few have been before.

He is astronaut, businessman and physician Bernard Harris Jr. — the first black person to walk in space.

Dr. Harris will be in Dallas to promote STEM programs — those in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — to about 1,200 Dallas-Fort Worth-area students. Advocates say STEM programs are training grounds that help students achieve career heights and life goals like those of Harris, who in 1995 logged his groundbreaking, five-hour walk as a member of the space shuttle Discovery flight crew.