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EAC and Eastern Arizona Science Initiative host Summer Science Camp

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EAC and Eastern Arizona Science Initiative host Summer Science Camp

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Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College and the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI) partnered to offer the annual Summer Science Camp last month for students in sixth through ninth grades. Hosted at the EAC Discovery Park Campus, 44 students from nine different school districts participated.

This year’s camp focused on the “science of beef.” Students participated with Cindy Pearson, Nate Brawley, and Bill Brandau from the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture in a field trip where they discovered the process of raising beef from pasture to plate. The field trip began at a local feedlot and pasture to focus on the care, immunization, and attention needed to ensure safe and healthy cattle. The tour continued at Carter’s Custom Cuts, in Thatcher, to learn the steps in humane harvesting and meat preparations. The tour ended at Thriftee Supermarket where participants learned how processed meats were packaged, displayed, and sold to customers.

The camp also featured:

· “Don’t Burst My Bubble” with Heather Dillman, Ft. Thomas High School technology teacher. Students compared five bubble gum varieties to determine sugar content and other ingredients, weight before and after being chewed, number of chews to soften for bubbles, and how big a bubble they could make.

· “Classifications” with Becky Booth, Duncan High School science teacher. Students learned about Carl Linnaeus’ classification of all plants and animals.

· “Awesome Math Games” by Julie Cook, Thatcher Elementary School teacher. Students participated in games that increased their math skills and involved probabilities and statistics.

· “Adapt or Die!” with Ethan McBride, Thatcher High School biology teacher. Students learned about plant and animal adaptations and how the differing biomes where they live can affect changes - especially plants and animals endemic to our Sonoran Desert biome.

· “Bacteria Friend or Foe?” with Chris Cook, Thatcher High School science teacher. This activity included an explanation about the many facets of bacteria.

· “The Physics of Archery” with Paul Anger, director of EAC’s Discovery Park Campus and director of the EASI Summer Science Camp. Several concepts of science in archery were covered, including the physics, energy, and geometry involved.

At the conclusion of camp, parents and siblings were invited to a special presentation in EASI’s giant planetarium for a lesson on astronomy. They also attended an exciting presentation by Aaron Burke, EAC biology professor, to learn about and view several different types of native animals, including a tarantula, turtles, a king and gopher snake, a salamander, and even a Gila Monster! All camp participants received a t-shirt, backpack, prizes, and take-home activities.

Anger stated, “we thank our friends at Freeport-McMoRan and the Graham & Greenlee County United Way for sponsoring and funding these amazing STEM camps. Thanks also goes to the Graham & Greenlee Counties Rural Activation and Innovation Network who funded the new archery equipment for the camp, and EAC’s Discovery Park Campus for the facilities and hosting the Camps.”

For more information on the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative’s Summer Science Camps and activities, contact Anger at the EAC Discovery Park Campus at (928) 428-6260 or by email at

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