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Fifth annual Engineering Day to be held at EAC on April 17

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Eastern Arizona College’s Pre-Engineering Department will host the fifth annual Engineering Dayfor area high school students on April 17. Pictured here from left is the last year’s overall winner, Alan Ekenes, of Thatcher High School, and event coordinator, Dr. Jack Bailey. [EAC-Lori Dugan photo]

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Pre-Engineering Department will host the fifth annual

Engineering Day for area high school students, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009 in the College’s Main Dining Hall of the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center. All area high school students are invited to attend the day-long event which will be filled with individual and team competitions as well as demonstrations and lectures from experts in the field of engineering.

Engineering Day is a very fun and competitive event,” says Dr. Jack Bailey, EAC’s engineering instructor. “There’s going to be a series of contests on a range of skills including plane surveying, civil engineering, and basic design.” Students will participate in engineering activities and ingenuity contests with points given for each contest. Awards will be given to the individuals and teams with the most cumulative points.

Students will able to compete against friends and peers from other high schools as they represent their school in team and individual contests. In one such contest, students will use the West Point Bridge Design software to design a bridge; in another, they’ll build a bridge out of Popsicle sticks. There will also be an egg drop contest, where students have to design something to protect an egg from breaking when they drop it.

“This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about the Pre-Engineering program at EAC,” continues Bailey. “We welcome all high school students, especially juniors and seniors with strong math, science, and hands-on skills.”

Registration is free and lunch will be served. However, space is limited. Interested students can talk to their high school science or math teacher, or register directly with Bailey by calling or emailing him at or (928) 428-8226.