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EAC's Discovery Park Campus hosts 2018 Regional Science Fair

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EAC's Discovery Park Campus hosts 2018 Regional Science Fair

By Paul Anger

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College's Discovery Park Campus recently hosted the 2018 Eastern Arizona Regional Science Fair Competition with projects and displays from 46 students representing seven Eastern Arizona schools: Duncan High School, Thatcher High School, Safford Middle School, Pima Jr. High School, Dorothy Stinson Elementary, Discovery Plus Academy, and Thatcher Elementary School.

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. The Competition is a yearly event sponsored by the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI) through grants from Freeport-McMoRan and the Graham County United Way to support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) education in Eastern Arizona.

The competition was divided by grade levels: 5th & 6th grade, 7th & 8th 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 Freeport-McMoRan employees and members of the professional community. The first and second place winners in each category and grade level received a trophy and a rosette place ribbon, the third place and honorable mention recipients received a rosette place ribbon, and all participants received participation ribbons.

As an added incentive, the first place overall winners in each grade level deemed by the judges to be the most original, useful, and well created projects, received an RCA "Voyager" tablet with keyboard. The Best Overall 5th and 6th grade display went to Xavier Owens from Dorothy Stinson School with "Battery Life" that explores the affect that temperature has on battery life. The Best Overall 7th and 8th grade display went to Seth Russell from Pima Jr. High School with "Nutty Energy" investigating the potential energy stored in different kinds of nuts. Best Overall high school display went to Payton Damron and Delanie Claridge from Duncan High School with "Clean as a Daisy" to determine which type of cleaner will best kill common bacteria. Additionally, the first-place winners in each category were awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the annual EASI Summer Science Camp applicable to their grade level; EASI Summer Science Camp for grades 6 - 9, the Tonto Creek STEM Camp in Payson for grades 7- 10 or the Anatomy & Physiology Camp for grades 9 -12. The displays were open for public viewing Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 in the Discovery Park Campus - Ranch House, and an awards ceremony for trophy and award presentations was held on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with a full house of winners' families and friends.

The Eastern Arizona Science Initiative, or "EASI," is composed of teachers, professionals, and community members throughout Graham and Greenlee counties, cooperating to improve science education in Eastern Arizona and to provide extracurricular opportunities for students who demonstrate an interest or higher aptitude for science, and to provide opportunities for teachers to improve their content knowledge in science.

For more information please contact Paul Anger, Director- EAC Discovery Park Campus (928) 428 - 6260.