Friday, February 27, 2009

Space Day 2009 El Camino College April 25th Earth Day

The kids and I went to this last year and had a great time. You can sign up for two classes. they provide lunch. Lots of 'before and in between classes' activities, crafts, science ponders, etc. at tables in the courtyard. The whole thing was a blast. You must sign up right away because people come to this from all over!

The egg drop class took their 'egg parachutes' to the roof tops during lunch. The ones the dropped down two stories (or might have been three) and didn't crack, splatter or break won a trophies or ribbon. We didn't take that class or workshop but we did enjoy watching the results of it all while we ate our lunch.

The two workshops we took was one on physics and a second one on dissecting owl pellets (stinky but the kids loved it) and finding skeleton remains that they had to identify. Most of the kids here were older but D & K did just fine and we all had a fun day.


On behalf of the Ellison S. Onizuka Memorial Committee, El Camino College, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., you are cordially invited to participate in Space Science Day 2009 at El Camino College on Saturday, April 25. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger accident that took the lives of the seven crew members including Ellison Onizuka.

We are expecting another great turnout as well as an enjoyable and informative day. Once again, the whole event is FREE -- including lunch for the first 850 participants. This year's featured speaker has not yet been announced but our NASA astronaut has always exceeded our expectations. We are anticipating another inspiring presentation for 2009.

Because of limited space, and to ensure a seat and early check-in, students should sign up now. You may register by replying to this email, or to or by calling 310-660-3487.

More information will be sent to all who sign up as the date nears. Check in will begin shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. The day will end just after lunch with the awards for the Egg Drop Competition. Once again, parents, teachers and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend. Important Note: Because of the demand to attend Space Day, we want to ensure as many students as possible participate in the classroom breakout sessions. Therefore, parents and/or adults will be asked not to select tickets to the breakout sessions as you are checking in that morning. Adults will be able to stand in or outside of the classrooms or you may enjoy our outside demonstrations. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Please feel free to forward this email to friends and family.

Finally, for El Camino College’s Space Science Day 2009, an essay contest is being conducted with the winner receiving an invitation to meet and attend dinner with our guest Astronaut from NASA on Friday, April 24, 2009 at a local restaurant to be identified shortly. The winner will be able to bring 3 guests to the dinner as well – usually the parents and one sibling or friend. Only students in grades 5 through 12 are eligible.

Essay Subject

In President Barack Obama’s “New Era of Responsibility” there would be an improvement in science test scores in America’s schools. In order to accomplish this, what do you consider the most important areas one needs to study in the field of science and why are these areas important to you?”

Please submit the essay of 150 words or less in the body of an email (no attachments please) to Robin Dreizler c/o or fax them to 310-660-6786 or mail to 16007 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90506. The deadline to receive the essays will be Friday, April 10, 2009 at Noon.

Include with the essay, the student’s name, age, home address, phone number or parent email, grade in school and school they are currently attending.

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

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at Space Day 2009!

Robin Dreizler

Director, Outreach and School Relations

El Camino College

16007 Crenshaw Blvd.

Torrance, CA 90506

Office 310-660-3487

Fax 310-660-6786

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