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Discovery Park Campus to host Regional Science Fair

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Discovery Park Campus to host Regional Science Fair

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus is proud to host the 2011 Eastern Arizona Science Initiative Regional Science Fair Competition and is encouraging all eligible students to participate. The Science Fair competition is open to all Graham/Greenlee County and Southeastern Arizona school districts and charter schools. There will be three levels - fifth and sixth grade, seventh and eighth grade, and all high school grades, with three categories in each level; earth science, life science, and physical science. All projects will be judged by EAC Science Department instructors with first and second place winners receiving trophies, and all participants receiving ribbons and certificates of participation.

As an added incentive, first place winners in each category will receive a full-tuition scholarship to the annual EASI Summer Science Camp. Project displays will be open for viewing at the EAC Discovery Park Campus Circle “D” Ranch House on Friday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 3 to 8 p.m. with the awards ceremony at 8 p.m.

“A science fair is a great learning experience and it involves much more than science,” says Discovery Park Campus director, Paul Anger. “There is a need in the United States for increased education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; collectively referred to as ‘STEM education’ in pre-college settings. Science fairs offer an all-inclusive vehicle for not only STEM education but also writing, research, and presentation skills, all compiled into a fun activity.”

The educators and professionals involved with the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI) recognized the need for a science fair in our area and organized this event to assist the teachers in Graham and Greenlee counties who have been promoting science fairs at their schools. “Because,” says Anger, “without the opportunity for local students to place at a regional science fair, they cannot continue to a state or national level of competition. With the initiation of this regional event, the doors are now open for our local students to compete at these higher levels.”

“Science fairs are a great way for students to learn more about the world around them,” continued Anger. “They provide an opportunity for students to research a problem, state a hypothesis on how to change or improve it, and conduct an experiment to evaluate their hypothesis.”

For more information or to register, please contact Anger, Director EAC Discovery Park Campus (928) 428 - 6260.