NASA/Onizuka Space Science Day was created to honor the memory of Challenger Astronaut Ellison Onizuka by inspiring students to study space sciences.
Intended for students in grades 5-12 who are interested in astronomy, the event includes a keynote presentation from a NASA astronaut, demonstrations in astronomy, physics and chemistry, interactive science exhibits and other hands-on experiments. Honda has sponsored the event since its inception in 1987.
"The Onizuka Memorial Committee, along with its generous sponsors like Honda, has done a great job keeping the spirit of Ellison alive by helping to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and hopefully astronauts with this annual Science Day…It’s such a fun day and it’s easy to imagine that many of the kids leave with a deeper desire to explore the world. Ellison would be so proud,” said Dan Tani, Former NASA astronaut.