El Camino College Onizuka Space Science Day

Onizuka Space Science Day 2018

Reservations for Onizuka Space Science Day 2018 have reached capacity.

Walk-ins are welcome on the morning of Saturday, March 10, but there is no guarantee of participation in the breakout sessions or receiving a lunch ticket.

If you are interested in participating as a walk-in and would like to receive more information, please submit this form to let us know:

Walk-In Participation Form



Please wear appropriate attire.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

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 2018 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 32nd anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident that took the lives of the seven crew members, including Ellison Onizuka.

This Year's Astronaut

This year's featured NASA Astronaut is Robert Shane Kimbrough. Kimbrough is a veteran of two spaceflights, the first being a Space Shuttle flight and the second being a 6-month mission to the International Space Station. He has a total of 6 spacewalks and has logged a total of 189 days in space.

R. Shane Kimbrough

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 Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.

South Bay 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 the Space Science Day Dinner with Astronaut Kimbrough on Friday, March 9.

Students are asked to create original artwork inspired by the theme: “Space through My Eyes”

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
  • Student should give the artwork a unique title
  • Include with the entry: the student’s name, age, home address, phone number, parent’s email, grade in school, teacher’s name, and school they are currently attending

Please submit a digital photo or scan of the artwork as an attachment to spaceday@elcamino.edu, or mail to Brian Hayden 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.

For more information, email spaceday@elcamino.edu or call 310-660-3487.