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EAC holds 5th annual Engineering Day

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EAC holds 5th annual Engineering Day

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College and Freeport-McMoRan hosted the 5th annual Engineering Day last week which was attended by 69 high school students from Duncan, Morenci, Safford, Pima, Thatcher, and Willcox high schools.

“The event was very competitive!” said EAC engineering instructor and coordinator of the event, Dr. Jack Bailey. “Participation from several high schools were crucial in being able to present students with this opportunity to enjoy math, the sciences, and engineering. We had a record number of attendees and hope to keep growing every 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 Vanessa Ortega of Morenci High School.

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 Jake Reynolds of Safford High School.

The overall first place individual winner was Travis Lunt of Duncan High School, who led his team, comprised of Lunt, Steven Bigelow, Mike Johnson, and Lewis Wearne to victory in the overall team category.

The second place individual winner was Jake Taylor of Safford High School, whose high score also led his team to a second place overall team win. His teammates included Rylan Sturn and Caleb Dale.

“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 (928) 428-8226.