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EAC to host the Gila Valley Health and Science Festival

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EAC to host the Gila Valley Health and Science Festival

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Eastern Arizona College will play host on Saturday, February 27 to the Gila Valley’s second annual Arizona SciTech Festival. The Festival is a celebration of health, safety, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

“The Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center’s Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday and Saturday with the science, technology, engineering, arts, and math part of the festival occurring all day Saturday [February 27],” explains EAC Dean of Instruction, Dr. Phil McBride, “with family activities at EAC’s Thatcher and Discovery Park Campuses.”

Visitors to the festival will see a showcase of the technology and innovation now being used in Gila Valley businesses, health services, education, and environmental research and preservation.

Volunteers stationed at each activity will share their own career path and follow up with anyone who wants more information. “We hope to excite young students about science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) through hands-on activities,” says McBride. “And no event is complete without fun and exciting giveaways, so grab your Passport at the Information Booth on Saturday for your chance to win an iPad Mini, LEGO Mindstorms Robot, GoPro HERO camera, Solar Robot, Makey Makey Touch Pad Creator, and many other prizes!”

In addition to the Health and Safety Fair and Art Show that will be going on in the EAC Activities Center, there will be several other activities along north campus beginning at 9 a.m. These include a helicopter, FMI Haul Truck Simulator, Gila Valley farming technology with small and large tractors, thermite/elephant toothpaste demonstration, a bowling ball swing, Knockerballs, the use of a Drone for Biological Research, a trebuchet, 3-D printer demonstrations, Green-Screen video activity, Theatre Improvisation, Early Childhood Engineering Land, Children’s Woodshop, Solar Telescopes, Weather Safety, Reclyling, Fighting Pathogens and Sickness, the Power of Air in Space, Slimey Science, E.A.S.I. Density, Paper Chromatography, Milk Kaleidoscope, Paper Crafting and Design, Blood and Bones and Forensic Science explorations.

Did you know that EAC has a live mascot? Visit Aaron’s Animals in the Math/Science building to see our recently acquired Gila monster. We are looking to give her a name, so come with suggestions. A Chemistry Magic Show will be held at 1:00 to finish off the afternoon activities. Watch chemistry come alive with some exciting chemistry demonstrations.

The festival continues from 3 – 9 p.m. at EAC’s Discovery Park Campus in Safford with performances in the Grand Kiva including Cello Music by McKay Keith and Dawson Allen, Making Comets with Dan Best, and Youth Fiddlers.

Other activities at Discovery Park Campus will include a “Seed Projects” demonstration at the greenhouse, an Archeology Dig, FMI/Science City activities in the Visitor Learning Center, a scooter obstacle course, owl pellets dissection, air rockets, RC Car Racing, Aerial Drone demonstration, telescope stargazing and your favorite shuttle rides.

For a complete schedule of events or for more information about the Arizona SciTech Gila Valley Health and Science Festival go to SciTech or contact Dr. Phil McBride at (928) 428-8404 or email him at Phil McBride.