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EAC Discovery Park Campus hosts Eastern Arizona Regional Science Fair Competition

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EAC Discovery Park Campus hosts Eastern Arizona Regional Science Fair Competition

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Thatcher, AZ— EAC’s Discovery Park Campus hosted the 2014 Eastern Arizona Regional Science Fair Competition with projects and displays from 57 students representing eight eastern Arizona schools including Morenci’s Fairbanks Middle School, Duncan High School, Solomon Jr. High School, Bonita Elementary School, Safford’s Dorothy Stinson Elementary School, Thatcher High School, Thatcher Middle School, and Discovery Plus Academy in Pima. The competition is an annual event sponsored by the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI), through grants from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in eastern Arizona.

The competition was divided into three grade levels: fifth and sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade, and high school grades, with three categories in each level: earth science, life science, and physical science. The judges for this year’s competition were from the Morenci chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration. The first and second place winners in each category and grade level received a trophy and a ribbon. The third place and honorable mention recipients received a ribbon, and all participants received participation ribbons and certificates. As an added incentive this year, the first place overall winners in each grade level received electronic tablets.

The best overall fifth and sixth grade display went to Crimson O’Mera from Madonna Kvale’s fifth grade class at Dorothy Stinson Elementary School with “Hydroponics vs. Soil,” comparing the growth of lettuce plants using hydroponics and soil types. The best overall seventh and eighth grade display went to Kristi Webster from Bonita Elementary School with “Recyclable vs. Sand,” comparing the benefits of using recycled concrete as a sand alternative in new concrete. The best overall high school display went to Anthony Holquine and Jose Luis Blancarte from Becky Bell’s class at Duncan High School with “Trouble with the Curve,” an experiment to determine if the Earth’s rotation causes a “Coriolis Effect” that influences the path of a fired projectile. Additionally, first place winners in each category will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the annual EASI Summer Science Camp held next year.

The displays were open for public viewing last weekend in the Discovery Park Campus Ranch House, and an awards ceremony for trophy and award presentations was held on Saturday evening.

Students invited to participate in this regional event had to place either first or second in the earth, life, or physical science categories at their own school’s science fair competition and include all of the components necessary to compete at a regional level. Without the opportunity for local students to place at a regional science fair, they cannot continue to a state or national level of competition. These students are now eligible to compete and succeed at these higher levels.

“The science fair competition provides an opportunity for some of the sharpest student minds in eastern Arizona to come together and display the results of using the scientific method and creating an experiment to answer a proposed question,” says director of EAC Discovery Park Campus, Paul Anger.

For more information, contact Anger at (928) 428-6260.