El Camino College Onizuka Space Science Day
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Onizuka Space Science Day 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.

Serious-minded science students in Grades 5 through 12 are invited to attend Onizuka Space Science Day 2020 at El Camino College! Students are also invited to enter the Onizuka Space Science Day Arts Contest.

The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. sponsor this free, hands-on conference. This year marks the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident that took the lives of the seven crew members, including Ellison Onizuka.


Reservations for Onizuka Space Science Day 2020 are now available! Use the link below to RSVP.

NOTE: Please make only one reservation per party/group.

RSVP for Onizuka Space Science Day 2020

This Year's Astronaut

This year's featured NASA Astronaut is Mark T. Vande Hei. Vande Hei was the Flight Engineer for the Expedition crew that launched the International Space Station in 2017. He logged 168 days in space and ventured outside the space station on four spacewalks. The total duration of the spacewalks was 26 hours and 42 minutes. Mr. Vande Hei is currently serving as the assistant to the chief astronaut for extravehicular activity and robotics.

Astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei

Event Features

  • Astronaut presentation
  • Classroom presentations & demonstrations led by ECC professors, students, and guests from JPL and other institutions
  • Hands-on science activities & experiments
  • Free lunch for the first 900 students
  • Egg drop competition!

Arts Contest

The deadline to receive artwork is Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 10:00 p.m.

Students in grades 5 through 12 are invited to enter El Camino College's Onizuka Space Science Day Arts Contest. The contest winner will receive an invitation to bring three guests to meet and attend dinner with Astronaut Vande Hei on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Students are asked to create original artwork inspired by the theme: “Great Moments in Space Exploration”

Accepted forms of artwork: drawing, painting, printmaking, computer-generated image, photograph or photographic collage. Art must be original – reproductions of other artwork are not accepted.

Submission Requirements:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted
  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only
  • Students should give their artwork a unique title
  • Include with the entry: student’s name, age, school currently attending, grade in school, home address, phone number, parent’s email, and teacher’s name

Please submit a digital photo or scan of the artwork as an attachment to spaceday@elcamino.edu, or mail to El Camino College c/o Space Science Day, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90506.

All entries become the property of El Camino College and may be reproduced in print form, along with the identity of the winner, in our Space Science Day Event or Dinner Program.


Please email spaceday@elcamino.edu.

Sponsored by El Camino College & American Honda Motor Co., Inc.