EAC holds 6th annual Engineering Day
By Jeanné Schaser
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Pre-Engineering department hosted the 6th annual Engineering Day last week, cosponsored by Freeport McMoran and the National Science Foundation. The event was attended by 83 high school students from Duncan, Morenci, Safford, Thatcher, Ft. Thomas, San Carlos, Liberty (Peoria), 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 was 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 Matthew McNair of Thatcher 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 Steven Bigelow of Duncan High School.
The team Egg Drop contest winners were Blake Johnson, Kyrie Miranda, Kimberly Ortega, and Serinnah Rodiquez, all from Morenci High.
In an extremely challenging Brain Teaser Quiz, Tyler Anderson of Morenci High, and Gerald Flamingo of Willcox tied with 15 correct answers out of 20.
The overall first place individual winner was Steve Bigelow, who led his Duncan High School team to a second place victory in the overall team rankings. His teammates were Dave Haney and Dustin Wolfe. The second place individual winner was Mike Johnson of Duncan High School.
The first place overall team winners were Brian Baker, Kyle Cramer, and Alyssa Lawrence, of Morenci High School.
“I must say that without the commitment of EAC staff, faculty, and students; and the faculty and students from these 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 Engineering Day, call Bailey at (928) 428-8226.