Onizuka Space Science Day, 5 March 2016

    NASA Astronaut

Sunita Williams was be the keynote speaker this year. 

  • Listen to a well-renown NASA Astronaut

  • Ask an NASA Astronaut questions

  • See real science activities and fun science learning

  • Free Lunch for kids

  • Sponsored by Honda

The Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial was chartered in 1986 to uphold the memory of Astronaut Onizuka and to inspire future generations. One of his many messages to young students was: “Your vision is not limited by what your eyes can see, but by what your mind can imagine.”

The 2014 Space Science Day event is scheduled for Saturday, 8 March 2014 at El Camino College.




This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy in which Astronaut Ellison Onizuka perished along with six other crew members. This annual event honors Onizuka’s memory and is dedicated to his dream of inspiring the youth of America to strive for and achieve their career goals. This day is designed for serious-minded science students in grades 5 through 12. Reservations are required to attend this FREE event. See below for more information.




Introducing NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams


NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in June 1998, she reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Williams worked in Moscow with the Russian Space Agency on the Russian contribution to the space station and with the first Expedition Crew. Following the return of Expedition 1, Williams worked within the Robotics branch on the station’s Robotic Arm and the follow-on Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator. As a NEEMO2 crewmember, she lived underwater in the Aquarius habitat for 9 days. After her first flight, she served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. She then supported a long duration mission as Flight Engineer for Expedition 32 and International Space Station Commander for Expedition 33. Williams has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions; she ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list, and second all-time for a female. With 50 hours 40 minutes, she also holds the record total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Expedition 14/15 (December 9, 2006 to June 22, 2007). Williams launched with the crew of STS-116 on December 9, 2006, docking with the International Space Station on December 11, 2006. As a member of the Expedition 14 crew, Williams served as Flight Engineer. While onboard, she established a world record for females with four spacewalks totaling 29 hours and 17 minutes of Extravehicular Activity (EVA). (Astronaut Peggy Whitson subsequently broke the record in 2008 with a total of five spacewalks). Williams concluded her tour of duty as a member of the Expedition 15 crew returning to Earth with the STS-117 crew to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California on June 22, 2007. Expedition 32/33 (July 14 to November 18, 2012). Williams launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with Russian Soyuz commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, on July 14, 2012. They were welcomed on the International Space Station on July 17, 2012, by NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Russian cosmonauts, Expedition 32 commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin. Williams spent four months conducting research and exploration aboard the orbiting laboratory. She landed in Kazakhstan on November 18, 2012, after spending 127 days in space. During their Expedition, Williams and Hoshide performed three spacewalks to replace a component that relays power from the space station’s solar arrays to its systems, and repair an ammonia leak on a station radiator. With 50 hours and 40 minutes, Williams once again holds the record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut. In addition, Williams, who has spent a total of 322 days in space on two missions, now ranks sixth on the all-time U.S. endurance list, and second all-time for a female astronaut.


SCHEDULE FOR March 5, 2016

Onizuka Space Science Day 2014 program (click here)

Paper Airplane & Egg Drop Competitions

Demonstrations in Astronomy, Physics & Chemistry

Free Lunch to the First 800 Students

Interactive Science Activities & Hands-on Experiments

Se ofrecerán algunos talleres en español

Ask the Astronaut



8:00 – 8:50 a.m.            Registration Marsee Auditorium

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.            Welcome from El Camino College Thomas M. Fallo Superintendent/President

9:05 – 9:10 a.m.            Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, Allen Murakoshi, President

9:10 – 10:15 a.m.          Keynote Address:  NASA Astronaut

10: 15 – 10:30 a.m.       Q&A with the Astronaut

10-30 – 10:45 a.m.        Travel Time

10: 45 –  11:30 a.m.      Breakouts – Session A

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.         Travel Time

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.         Breakouts – Session B (Repeat of Session A sessions)

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.            Lunch

12::30 p.m.                       Egg Drop Competition (outside on the east side of the Natural Science Bldg)



Additional lectures and workshops will be available to introduce students of all ages to science, scientific investigation and scientific projects.

A limited number of seats are available for the demonstrations and lectures. Group reservations are accepted.
El espacio es limitado ~ Favor de hacer su reservación.
To make reservations email – SpaceDay@elcamino.edu or call 310-660-3487
Si tiene alguna pregunta ~ jbedolla@elcamino.edu 310-660-3593 x3452

Acknowledgements to American Honda Motor Co., El Camino College, NASA  Johnson Space Center,

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)




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