EAC to host Health and STEAM Festival

Thatcher – Eastern Arizona College will host the Gila Valley Health and STEAM Festival on February 23 – 24, 2018. Activities will take place on the college’s main campus and Discovery Park campus. Here is a list of activities, times and locations:


February 23-24, 2018, 7:00 am – 11:00 am:

  • Health Screenings, Blood Draws, Vendor Showcase and all traditional Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Health Fair Activities – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  • EAC Art Exhibit – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  • Information Booth – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center Entry Patio
  • Food Court – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center west parking lot, east parking lot, and by the Canal
  • Helicopter – Lawn outside of Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center

Additional Activities Saturday, February 24, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm:

  • Gila Valley Farming Technology – Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson – U of A Cooperative Extension – West Parking Lot
  • Rolling River Floodplain – Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson – UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership – West Parking Lot
  • Leaky House Water Conservation – City of Safford/UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership – West Parking Lot
  • The Rock of Ages Run Against Type I Diabetes – Registration will open at 7:30 in the John Mickelson Stadium parking lot with the mile fun run beginning at 8:00 and the 5K beginning at 8:30
  • Impairment Goggles Go-kart Course Challenge – Rosa Contreras – West Parking Lot
    Participants will ride pedal carts while wearing “drunk goggles.” This activity is designed to inform students about alcohol / prescription drug impairment and discourage driving under the influence.
  • Rollover Simulator – Department of PUblic Safety (DPS) – Trooper Braden McBride – West Parking Lot
    Simulate a rollover accident and learn the importance of seat belt safety
  • Chalk Art – Gherald L. Hoope Jr. Activities Center pillars – Stuart Gibson
  • Hooping: Frequency as a Function of Mass and Diameter– Lawn south of the Activities Center – Brianna Morris
    Explore the relationship between hoop mass and hoop diameter and their effect on hoop rotation
  • Yoga for Kids– Lawn south of the Activities Center – Brianna Morris
    Get an element of health and fitness through a variety of enjoyable and challenging yoga poses
  • Thermite/Elephant Toothpaste – Joel Shelton – Sand Volleyball Court
    Colorful and spectacular heat-producing reactions alternating every 15 Minutes starting at 9:00 AM
  • Rope Bridge – Dennis Griffin and Shawn Wakefield – Grass are west of the Volleyball Court
    See how to engineer a rope bridge and try your hand at making it safely across the “Alligator Pit.”
  • Ambulance and CPR Demonstrations – John Clegg – NC-8
    Take a tour of the ambulance, become aware of accidental trauma, and maybe learn some CPR
  • The Use of Drones to collect data in EAC Science Diviions S.T.E.M. Projects – Dave Henson – Canal
    Come watch our EAC students show you how their training in the flight of drone unmanned flight vehicles can be used in the field to collect data for several of our partnership projects
  • Knockerball – Physics Class – Open Lawn west of the Math/Science Building
    A KnockerBall™ is an inflatable ball with a single chamber that incorporates inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. Explore collisions in a safe but fun way.
  • Virtual Welder – Carlton Penn – NC-1
    Simple welding techniques will be demonstrated
  • Green Screen Video – Glen Cashetta – NC-1
  • Wind Wonders – Early Childhood Lab – Nette Griffin and Shari Elkins – NC-5
    Hands-on activities for ages 2-7 – Young scientists will blow lightweight items through drinking straws. Which ones move easier? Why? We will bring in a fan and let the children test the obfects in the “wind.”
  • Trebuchet – Tom Palmer – Lawn area west of the Math/Science Building
    Learn engineering skills using a custom trebuchet machine to launch projectiles in a challenge that will test distance, accuracy and power!
  • Solar Telescopes and Solar Projections – Lawn Area West of the Math/Science Building – David Morris
  • Science in Mining – FreePort-McMoRan – Math/Science parking lot
    Mining is Science – Join FMI with some fun, science activities geared towards mining
  • Minerals and Crystals – David Morris – MS-316
    Explore the Structure and geochemistry of naturally occurring minerals and crystals
  • The Art and Geometry of Hexaflexagons – David Morris and Dora Ann Morris – MS-316
    Using folded paper we will explore the complexity of 2D shapes expressed in a 3D universe
  • “Eggs”it Ramp with Lego Cars – Dan and Kryslal Best – MS-412
    Explore physics concepts with an egg and lego ramp. Can you protect the egg as it travels down the “eggs”it ramp?
  • Nathan’s Animals – Nathan Cline – MS-420
    Visit our live Gila Monster Mascot and other interesting animals
  • Squiddy the Cartesian Diver – Duane DeSpain – MS-401
    Build a Cartesian diver while exploring the effects of volume and pressure changes in gases
  • Milkweed Brings Butterflies – Eastern Arizona Science Initiative – MS-402
    Youth participants will receive a free “milkweed” plant and items to create and decorate a homemade planter pot using hot glue and recycled/natural pieces to raise their plant until spring when it can be planted outside. The activity will include a fun lesson that explains the vital role that their “milkweed” plant plays in the egg-laying, and food life-cycle of the beautiful Monarch Butterfly.
  • Bones and Groans – Shalay Hanynie – MS-404
    Draw blood from a mannequin and create a finger cast as you learn some exciting nursing skills
  • Silvering Bottles and Christmas Ornaments – Joel Shelton – MS-407
    Mix chemicals to create a beautiful silver bottle or ornament
  • Scientific Art – Tammy Gillespie – MS-310/312
    Explore art with a scientific theme
  • Color Coding with Ozobots – Arizona State University iTeachAZ – Angelia Linder – MS-105
  • 3-D Printing and Laser Engraving – Nate McCray and Dorian Nelson – MS-103

North Campus Drama Production and Chemistry Demos at the Outside Basketball Court

9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 – Drama Club Star Wars Act followed by Thermite/Elephant Toothpaste – Alyssa Ruiz and Joel Shelton
Star Wars Bonding Interaction along with Colorful and Spectacular Heat-producing reactions. Be wary of the Storm Troopers lurking around.

North Campus Chemistry Demos in Math/Science 108/311

9:00, 11:00 and 1:00 – Fire, Ice, and Color of Chemistry
Watch chemistry come alive with some exciting chemistry demonstrations

Discovery Park Campus Schedule of Activities (3:00 – 6:00 pm)

  • Remote Control Cars
    Drive a remote control car around our dirt track
  • Drone Demo
    Throw a Frisbee at three different targets for points
  • UV Bracelets
    Make a bracelet using ultraviolet beads that change color in the sun
  • Electrostatic Generator Demo
    Watch our mad scientists demonstrate the power of static electricity
  • Musical Performances
    Watch our local talent perform for you in our Grand Kiva
  • Air Rockets
    Make a paper rocket and launch it up into the sky
  • Bubble & Blow
    Have fun making giant bubbles and test out Bernoulli’s principle with air bags
  • Owl Pellets
    Dissect an owl pellet and discover what owls eat
  • Obstacle Course
    Try your hand at maneuvering around an obstacle course on a personal rolling cart
  • Go Pedals
    Pedal a “Go Pedal” across the amphitheatre and “bounce” back to the beginning
  • SETI Scope
    Watch an original telescope track the sun, satellites and airplanes across the sky in its “Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence”
  • Erosion Demo in Greenhouse
    A hands-on demonstration of the importance of erosion control in the Gila Watershed

Discovery Park After Dark Activities (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Lasers Demo
    A demonstration of the usefulness of Lasers in our technological world
  • Shuttle Rides
    Jump into our Space Shuttle and take a ride out into the solar system
  • Stargazing
    Join the Arizona Desert Skygazers Club in viewing the stars, planets, nebulas, galaxies and star clusters through four different telescopes



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  • Arduino Hardware and Software Circuit Board
  • Snap Circuit Jr. Board
  • RKT Stomp Rocket
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Medieval Catapult
  • Salt Water Car
  • Model Rocket
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