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Eastern AZ Regional Science Fair showcases area’s best Student Project Displays

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Eastern AZ Regional Science Fair showcases area’s best Student Project Displays

By Paul Anger

Thatcher, AZ— EAC’s Discovery Park Campus hosted the 2019 Eastern Arizona Regional Science Fair Competition with the top winning projects and displays of 35 students from six Eastern Arizona Schools: Duncan High School, Thatcher High School, Safford Middle School, Dorothy Stinson Elementary, Discovery Plus Academy, and Bonita Schools.

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 the Graham and Greenlee 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, and judges were members of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration 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 second 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 a ten inch digital tablet with keyboard. The best overall fifth and sixth grade display went to Madison Bennett from Bonita Schools with “Methane Madness” that explores the effect of different types of feed/digestion and the production of greenhouse gasses in animals. The best overall seventh and eighth grade display went to Bradoc Waite from Safford Middle School with “Under Pressure,” investigating the effect of underinflated tires and fuel consumption. And the best overall high school display went to Brooklyn Kempton and Delanie Claridge from Duncan High School with “Red as a Lobster,” which determined the most effective way to apply sunscreen to prevent UV damage from the sun. Additionally, first place winners in each category were awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the annual EASI Summer Science Camp applicable to their grade level.

The Eastern Arizona Science Initiative, or “EASI” is composed of teachers, professionals, and community members throughout Graham and Greenlee counties. This organization’s mission is to cooperate and improve science education in Eastern Arizona, 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. Special thanks to Freeport McMoRan, the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, the participating students and their parents, and especially the great teachers who took this opportunity to demonstrate the importance of applying the principles of science to real-life problems and questions.

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