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Registration deadline approaches for Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day

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Date: Friday, January 11, 2002
Contact: Walter Dudoit, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Individuals planning to attend any of the Second Annual Astronaut Ellison Onizuka Science Day workshops are reminded that they have until Friday, January 18,2002 to register. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the University of Hawai`i at Hilo, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration takes place from 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Dining Room. A General Assembly, featuring a brief program, will be held at the UH Hilo Theatre, beginning at 9:30 a.m., before participants adjourn into their morning workshop sessions.

More than 20 interactive scientific workshops have been reserved for 5th-12th graders from the Big Island's public and private schools. Topics include star gazing, space art, earthquakes and tsunamis, exploring underwater space, and photovoltaic array. The workshops will be led by UH Hilo professors, Department of Education educators, a NASA Education specialist and members of the Big Island scientific community. Seating is limited, and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Presenters returning by popular demand include aerospace educational specialist Tom Gates of the NASA Ames Research Center in California. Gates' presentation will focus on the adaptations astronauts make to live and work aboard the space shuttle and International Space Station.

An interactive display area on the University's Library Lanai, featuring exhibits and demonstrations sponsored by various scientific groups and organizations on the Big Island, will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m.

Lunch will commence immediately following the conclusion of the second workshop session at approximately 12:15 p.m. Participants are advised to bring a brown bag lunch, although snacks and lunch will be available for purchase.

The closing assembly will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include the event's keynote speaker, along with a grand finale demonstration.

Born and raised in Kona, Onizuka lost his life on January 28, 1986 when the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. Many schools across the country keep his memory alive with science education days held in his honor.

The event is sponsored by UH Hilo, American Savings Bank, and the Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center. For additional information and/or to fax in registration forms, please call (808) 933-3912.

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