ECC’s Onizuka Space Science Day to Present Student Arts Contest

ECC’s Onizuka Space Science Day to Present Student Arts Contest

Students in grades five-12 invited to enter artwork reflecting the theme, “Space Through My Eyes”

Students are encouraged to enter their original art creations in El Camino College’s 2018 Onizuka Space Science Day Arts Contest. The winner will receive an invitation to bring three guests to attend the annual Onizuka Space Science Day Dinner with NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough on March 9. Entries are due by 10 p.m. Feb. 27. Students should create original artwork inspired by the theme “Space Through My Eyes.” Accepted forms of artwork include: drawing, painting, printmaking, computer-generated image, photograph or photographic collage.

Onizuka Space Science Day 2018 runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at El Camino College, with check-in beginning at 8 a.m. The event is FREE and open to science-minded students in fifth through 12th grade. The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College and American Honda Motor Co. Inc. sponsor the hands-on conference.

The event will feature a presentation from astronaut Kimbrough, a veteran of two spaceflights, the first was a Space Shuttle flight and the second was a six-month mission to the International Space Station. He has completed a total of six spacewalks and has logged a total of 189 days in space. After Kimbrough’s presentation, students can participate in hands-on science activities and experiments, egg drop and paper plane competitions, as well as classroom presentations and demonstrations led by El Camino College professors and guests from other institutions, such as the Space and Missile Systems Center at LA Air Force Base, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Lunch is free for the first 900 students.

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in which astronaut Ellison Onizuka perished along with the six other crew members. The annual event at El Camino College was created to honor Onizuka’s memory and his dream of inspiring youth to strive for and achieve their career goals.

To enter the art contest, submit a digital photo or scan of the artwork as an attachment to, or mail to Brian Hayden c/o Space Science Day, 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90506. Entries should include the student’s name, age, home address, phone number, parent or guardian email, grade in school, teacher’s name and current school.

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February 15, 2018