Students at Onizuka Space Science Day.

Onizuka Space Science Day

Serious-minded science students in Grades 5-12 are invited to attend Onizuka Space Science Day on campus at El Camino College!

This FREE annual event honors Astronaut Ellison Onizuka's memory and is dedicated to his dream of inspiring the youth of America to strive for and achieve their career goals.

Event Info

Online registration is open. 

  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • El Camino College (Check-in at the Marsee Auditorium)
    • Kids may need an adult present to help navigate our large campus.
  • RAIN OR SHINE!  Please wear appropriate attire.
  • Free lunch for the first 900 students! A variety of fast food options are available across the street for other family members.
  • Onizuka Space Science Day 2024 Flyer

Featured Astronaut

Rick Mastracchio

This year's featured NASA Astronaut will be Rick Mastracchio!

Rick Mastracchio was selected as an Astronaut in 1996. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Mastracchio flew on STS-106, STS-118, STS-131 and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for Expedition 38/39. He has conducted nine spacewalks totalling 53 hours. This included three unplanned spacewalks to replace a faulty cooling pump and a failed computer relay box. 


Event Features

  • Classroom presentations & demonstrations led by ECC professors, students, and guests from JPL and other institutions
  • Hands-on science activities & experiments
  • Egg drop competition!
  • More to come!

Important Links

Be prepared for our event by checking out the following links:

About the Event

The Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and Honda sponsor this free, hands-on conference. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident that took the lives of the seven crew members, including Ellison Onizuka.


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Sponsored by El Camino College & Honda