EAC holds 12th annual Engineering Day
By Lexi Lutz
Thatcher, AZ—EAC holds 12th annual Engineering Day Eastern Arizona College’s Engineering Department hosted its 12th annual Engineering Day earlier this month. The event was co-sponsored by Freeport McMoRan, Bowman Consulting, and the EAC Engineering Club and was attended by high school students from all over Arizona.
Freeport donated all of the t-shirts and prizes that were given to the students and 14 Freeport engineers volunteered their time to help mentor both the high school students and the EAC engineering students.
“The volunteer engineers ran the competitions this year with help from the EAC Engineering Club. It was great to see them take charge and run the event,” said EAC engineering instructor and coordinator of the event, Tom Palmer. “Michael Bryce, our Graham County engineer, donated his time on his day off to come help, as well as fifteen students from our Engineering Club.”
The Soda Straw Bridge Contest tests students’ ability to work as a team, utilize a limited amount of resources they had to ‘purchase,’ and solve a problem in a limited time frame. Teams build a bridge that will need to support an applied load using only soda straws and straight pins. The first-place winners were Kendon Napier, Jay Anderson, Austin Metcalf, and Evan Stringfellow from Ft. Thomas. The second-place team included Dawson Allen, Brenton Stradling, Bailey Bingham, and Marc Terry from Thatcher High School.
The K’Nex Water Tower Competition involves the construction of a water tower. The goal of this competition was to construct a tower designed to hold a 2-liter water bottle. The tower must be free-standing and hold the required weight for a minimum of one minute without collapsing. The winners of this team exercise were Kyle Clark, Shane Skinner, Gavin Windsor, and Leisel Griffin from Thatcher High School. The second-place team included Bradley Fox, Michaela Burkett, Dustin Friend, and Daniel Nault from Morenci High School.
The Egg Drop Competition involves dropping an egg from a height of 16 feet onto solid concrete. The primary objective is to construct a device that can protect the egg, with the secondary goal of constructing the most cost-effective device. The first-place winners were James Lair, Joseph Ramsey, Conner Skousen, and Victor Padilla from St. Johns High School. Second place was a tie between winners Alexandria Scott, Tamara Black, Abbey Curtis, and Joshua Villalba from Safford High School and Jensen Mitchell, Liam Windsor, Mark Bierman, and Lianne Reidhead from Thatcher High School.
New to Engineering Day this year was the Water Rocket competition. Teams used compressed air and water to launch their 2-liter soda bottle rockets while calculating a launch direction and angle that would allow for the rocket to land in the designated zone against the windy conditions.
The first-place winners were Jensen Mitchell, Liam Windsor, Mark Bierman, and Lianne Reidhead from Thatcher High School. Second-place winners were Tori Beus from Pima and Elizabeth Aja, Brooke Brines, and Victor Barrio from Morenci High School.
The first place overall winners were Jensen Mitchell, Liam Windsor, Mark Bierman, and Lianne Reidhead from Thatcher High School. The second place winners were Zach Spencer, Shane Skinner, Gavin Windsor, and Drew Huntsaker from Thatcher High School. The third place winners were James Lair, Joseph Ramsey, Conner Skousen, and Victor Padilla from St. Johns High School. The fourth place winners from Safford High School were Alexandria Scott, Tamara Black, Abbey Curtis, and Joshua Villalba.
“We had eight high schools attend this year: Thatcher, Safford, Pima, Morenci, Duncan, Bowie, Fort Thomas, and St. Johns. The St. Johns students were on a bus at 4 a.m. to make it here in time,” says Palmer. “It was great to see that several students who participated last year came excited and prepared for the competition.”
For information about next year’s EAC Engineering Day, call Palmer at (928) 428-8226.