Gila Valley Health and STEAM Festival


Dates: February 28-29, 2020
Times: (see below)
Places: Eastern Arizona College's North Campus in Thatcher and Discovery Park Campus in Safford


February 28, 2020

Discovery Park Campus Schedule of Activities (3:00 – 6:00 PM)

  • StarLab Planetarium Presentations!
    Come and see presentations that are “out of this world.”
  • Electrostatic Generator Activities
    Watch a “shocking” demonstration on the power of static electricity.
  • Owl Pellets
    What can you find inside your owl pellet?
  • Gila Watershed Partnership (GWP) Plants
    Learn about the GWP and how plants, insects, and climate affect our area.
  • “Paint an Insect” Rock Painting
    Make a 6-legged friend you can carry around with you!  You don’t have to feed it. You can take it to bed with you. It doesn’t make any noise and you can even give it a name!
  • Galaxy Art
    Create a masterpiece with spinning drops of paint.
  • Air Rockets
    Make a rocket and get ready for a “Blast off!”
  • UV/Glow Bracelet
    Make a bracelet that glows in the dark at night and turns colors under the daytime sun.
  • Corn Hole Toss
    How many bean bags can you toss through the hole?  Can you toss them all in?
  • Giant Jenga
    Play Jenga with a 3-foot tower!  Challenge your friends!
  • Dendrochronology Tree Cookie Dating
    Count the rings in the tree cookie.  Is it older than you are?
  • Tallest Spaghetti Structures
    Bring out your inner Engineer!  How tall can you construct your spaghetti tower, before it snaps?

Discovery Park Campus After Dark Activities (6:00 – 8:00 PM)

  • POLARIS Shuttle Rides
    Take an airplane ride and hope you make it safely home on "A Wing and a Prayer!"
  • 20” Tinsley Telescope Observing
    See the wonders of the night sky under our dome looking through our fine old instrument!
  • October Sky
    Watch a movie under the stars.  Bring a blanket & snuggle together.  Bring hot chocolate in a thermos to sip on.  Bring all the movie snacks you want, you don’t have to buy them from a theater!
  • Submillimeter Radio Telescope “Little SMT”
    Find something in the universe that you can’t “see.”  Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it…….


February 29, 2020

  • Health Screenings, Blood Draws, Vendor Showcase and all traditional Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Health Fair Activities
    Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • GO GOLD – Childhood Cancer Awareness Race for the Family of Leila Urrea
    Registration will open at 7:30 AM at the Layton House, EAC middle campus on Chruch Street. The mile fun run will begin at 8:00 and the 5K beginning at 8:30 AM in front of the Layton House on Church Street.
  • EAC Art Exhibit
    Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  • Food Court
    Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center West Parking Lot, East Parking Lot, and by the Canal

North Campus Chemistry Demonstrations in Math/Science 108/311

10:00, 11:00 and 12:00
Fire, Ice, and Color of Chemistry – Watch chemistry come alive with some exciting chemistry demonstrations

Live Music - Women’s Chorale by the Sand Volleyball Courts

12:00 EAC Women’s Chorale
Chase Moore – Sand Volleyball Court
Listen to some beautiful chorale music


Additional Activities Saturday, February 29, 2019

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

  • Helicopter
    West Parking Lot outside the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  • Gila Valley Farming Technology
    Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson – U of A Cooperative Extension
  • Rolling River Floodplain
    Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson – UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership – West Parking Lot
  • Leaky House Water Conservation -
    City of Safford/UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership – West Parking Lot
  • Incredible Wearables
    Dr. Jerry Lopez – UofA Cooperative Extension 4-H STEM Youth Development - West Parking Lot
  • Recruitment
    Erin Kowalsky – UofA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences – West Parking Lot
  • Army National Guard
    Sgt Ortiz – West Parking Lot
    Take a look inside a Humvee
  • Heavy Equipment Training Simulator
    Freeport-McMoRan – West Parking Lot
    Experience the thrill of driving a haul truck and other heavy equipment used in local copper mines.
  • Chalk Art
    Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center pillars - Deanna Cluff and Students
  • Hoops in Motion
    Lawn south of the Activities Center – Brianna Morris
    Apply math and science while “hooping” it up.
  • Stretcher Races
    Carolyn McCormies and Shalay Haynie – Math/Science Parking Lot
    See how fast and safely you can transport an injured person on a stretcher.
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS)
    Trooper Braden McBride - Math/Science Parking Lot
    Look inside some of the most exciting vehicles with lights, cameras, sirens, and radar action.
  • CPR Station
    John Clegg - Ambulance next to canal
    Take a tour of the ambulance, become aware of accidental trauma, and maybe learn some CPR.
  • Technologies Used in Monitoring the Quality of Arizona's Water
    Dave Henson - Canal
    Come see how STEM practices have advanced techniques that are used to determine the chemical and physical properties of Arizona's ground and surfaace waters, including our wells and the water that we drink. Sponsored by Dave Henson and students of EAC BIO 295 / undergraduate biological research.
  • Adventures with Clay
    Sandee Payne – NC-1
    The activity will introduce visitors to making three-dimensional forms from different types of clay. We will bring paper clay, polymer clay and traditional clay forms and have clay on hand for visitors to manipulate. The Art department will also bring a potter’s wheel and have a ceramist throwing live!
  • Digital Funhouse Mirror
    Jeff Henley – NC-1
    WARP! BEND! TWIST! Use Photoshop to change a picture of you!
  • Shock Dogs
    Mark Andreason – NC-1
    Safely explore electricity and even cook a hot dog using an electric current.
  • More Orbeez Please! - Early Childhood Learning Lab
    Nette Griffin and Shari Elkins – NC-5
    “Orbees” Water Beads are squishy, bouncy, slimy, and just plain fun. Come explore our sensory bins, and learn science through play.
  • Trebuchet
    Karen Preston and STEM Club – Lawn area west of the Math/Science Building
    Learn engineering skills using a custom trebuchet machine to launch projectiles in a challenge that will test distance, accuracy and power!
  • Aaron’s Animals
    Aaron Burk and Dr. Nathan Cline – MS-420
    Visit our live Gila Monster Mascot and other interesting animals.
  • Squiddy the Cartesian Diver
    Duane DeSpain – MS-401
    Build a Cartesian Diver while exploring the effects of volume and pressure changes in gases.
  • Pocket Solar System
    Eastern Arizona Science Initiative – MS-402
    Learn about the immensity of our universe as you build your own pocket "solar system."
  • The Green Screen
    Glen Cashetta – MS-404
  • Chemistry: Activities that Separate the Colors
    Joel Shelton – MS-407
    Use chemistry to separate colors and identify pigments.
  • The Incredible Human Body
    Tammy Gillespie – MS-310/312
    Through various activities, you will learn some of the amazing properties of the human body.
  • Rocks, Minerals and States of Matter
    MS-316 - David Morris
    Learn to identify rocks and minerals and learn about the states of matter.
  • Color Coding with Ozobots
    Arizona State University iTeachAZ – MS-101 - Kurt Palmer and Jackie Hale
  • 3-D Printing and Laser Engraving
    Dorian Nelson – MS-103
    Learn about 3D printing and laser engraving and possibly even print or engrave your own item.
  • Virtual Welder
    Nate McCray – MS-103
    Simple welding techniques will be demonstrated.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recyle & Respect
    Susan Elsberry – MS 105
    Southeastern Arizona Clean and Beautiful, SEACAB, is excited to provide family friendly activities focused on the “4R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Respect”.
  • Coding Academy
    Lydia Mata – High Tech Center Commons Lab
    Hands on Activity for new and experienced coders of all ages. Try coding tutorials for kids using Hour of Code tutorials, SWIFT Coding for more experienced coders, and beginning coding concept lessons for pre-readers. You can also participate in Maze Craze - Programming Ozobots through a maze using block coding. In addition there will be a demonstration of our LEGO Mindstorm robots.
  • Robotics Lego League
    Wendy Millar – High Tech Center Commons Lobby
    Learn about robotics and the Robotics Lego League Club. We will be conducting several science experiments with an erosion table, combustible gas detector, and a digital microscope. We will also have LEGO Jr. robot kits available for hands-on demonstrations.



Receive 10 stamps on your PASSPORT and enter to win one of the many prizes listed below. You need not be prosent to win. All ages are welcome to participate.

  • 1 iPad Air
  • 1 Pair of Apple Air Pods
  • 1 Go Pro Camera
  • 2 Engineering and Robotics Erector Sets
  • 1 Articulating Stomp Rocket System
  • 3 Crystal Growing Kit
  • 2 Illusion Science
  • 1 Magnetic Putty - Cobalt Blue
  • 3 Mica Demo Kit
  • 3 Mini Lava Lamp
  • 3 Pet Tornado
  • 1 Starter Geode Kit
  • 3 Sticky Stones - Sticky Stones - 1/2 lb. (10-20 rocks)
  • 1 Tin Can Cable Car
  • 1 Weather Science
  • 1 Working Wood Catapult Kit
  • 1 Zivko the Robot

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