EAC’s 17th Annual Chemistry Adventure brings chemistry to life for area high school students
By Lori Dugan
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Chemistry Department—consisting of Joel Shelton, Dr. Michael Neary, and Dr. Phil McBride—hosted the 17th Annual Chemistry Adventure on March 24, 2009. Approximately 45 high school students making up 11 teams from Duncan, Morenci, Safford, and Thatcher, participated in this day-long event. McBride formally welcomed the participants and their teachers and the coordinator of the EAC Admissions Office, Erik Lehmann, presented the students with the academic and extracurricular possibilities available at the College.
The students began the competition with a laboratory experiment to determine the acid dissociation constant of an unknown acid. Teams were graded on laboratory technique, calculations, safety, and accuracy.
The competition continued with a team competition where students solved chemistry-related problems. The third event involved teams answering questions on a variety of chemistry concepts.
While results were being tabulated, EAC’s Organic Chemistry students dazzled the high school students with an array of colorful, loud, bright, and exciting chemical exhibitions.
Awards were presented at the conclusion of the chemistry demonstration to the top four teams:
“Microcarbs” from Thatcher High School
Nathan Wright 2nd Place:
“Combustibles” from Safford High School
“Avogadro’s Angels” from Duncan High School
“Morenci Red” from Morenci High School