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Sixth annual Engineering Day to be held at EAC on April 9

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Sixth annual Engineering Day to be held at EAC on April 9

By Todd Haynie THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Pre-Engineering Department will host the sixth annual Engineering Day for area high school students, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010, 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 fun and competitive event meant to challenge students with science, math, and hands-on skills,” says Dr. Jack Bailey, EAC’s engineering instructor. “This year we will again have 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 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 and then build a real version of the bridge using materials provided; in the Poor Surveyor contest, they’ll measure an area by pacing its sides and, using classical trigonometry functions, calculate the area.

Arizona State University’s College of Engineering will make a presentation about the opportunities in engineering and will speak about the 10 “Grand Challenges” articulated by the National Academy of Engineering for the next century.

“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.