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EAC holds 4th annual Engineering Day

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EAC holds 4th annual Engineering Day

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College and Freeport-McMoRan hosted the 4th annual Engineering Day last week which was attended by 59 high school students from Duncan, Morenci, Safford, Pima, Thatcher, and Hayden high schools.

“The event was very competitive!” said EAC engineering instructor, Dr. Jack Bailey. “Numerous contributions from Freeport-McMoRan and participation from several high schools were crucial in being able to present students with this opportunity to enjoy math, the sciences, and engineering. We were especially excited to see some students from Hayden High School and hope to see even more next year.”

The popular Poor Man’s Surveyor competition uses the length of the students’ own stride to determine the area of a piece of land. The first-place finisher in the contest was Kresta Rogers of Morenci High School.

The Egg Drop is a team competition where each team encloses an egg in a protection device and drops it from an 18-foot height. Students produce the devices with officially available materials. The first-place team was Morenci High School’s Nick Sanders, Miguel Campos, and Jeremy Hamilton.

The Spaghetti Bridge competition is a team-based competition during which each team produces the longest achievable cantilever beam that extends as far as possible from their table without touching the floor. The first-place winners in this event were Thatcher High School students Joel Wright, Clint Dryden, Tanner Green, Garrett Jensen, and Alan Ekenes.

The West Point Bridge contest gives the students predefined span length, materials, and costs and they are asked to design a stable full-truss bridge at a minimum cost. The winner in this competition was Dallin Bryce of Safford.

The first and second individual overall winners were Joshua Plyler of Morenci High School in first place, and Alan Ekenes of Thatcher High School took second.

“I must say that without the commitment of Freeport-McMoRan; EAC staff, faculty, and students; and the faculty and students from these six high schools, this huge event would not take place,” said Bailey. “To all of them I offer a sincere thank you.”

For information about next year’s EAC/Freeport-McMoRan Engineering Day, call Bailey at 428-8226.