Gila Valley Health and STEAM Festival


Date: February 23, 2019

Times: (see below)

Places: Eastern Arizona College's North Campus in Thatcher and Discovery Park Campus in Safford



February 23, 2019, 7:00 am - 11:00 am:

  • Health Screenings, Blood Draws, Vendor Showcase and all traditional Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Health Fair Activities - Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  • Go Gold - Childhood Cancer Awareness Race - Registration will open at 7:30 in the lobby of the Residence Towers dorms with the mile fun run beginning at 8:00 and the 5K beginning at 8:30 at the sand volleyball courts next to the Activities Center
  • EAC Art Exhibit - Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  • Information Booths -
    • Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center Patio
    • West Parking Lot by the farm implements
    • Math/Science Building - west entrance
  • Food Court - Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center west parking lot, east parking lot, and by the Canal
  • Helicopter - West parking lot outside the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center

North Campus Chemistry Demonstration 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 - Jazz Band and Women's Chorale by the sand volleyball courts on North Campus

11:00 - Jazz Band - Tom Sullivan - Sand Volleyball Court
Listen to some live jazz music

12:00 - Women's Chorale - Chase Moore - Sand Volleyball Court
Listen to some beautiful chorale music

Additional Activities Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm:

  • Gila Valley Farming Technology - Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson – U of A Cooperative Extension - West Parking Lot
  • 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
  • Impairment Goggles Go-kart Course Challenge - Rosa Contreras - West Parking Lot
    Participants will ride pedal carts while wearing "drunk goggles." This activity is designed to inform students about alcohol / prescription drug impairment and discourage driving under the influence.
  • Chalk Art - Gherald L. Hoope Jr. Activities Center pillars - Stuart Gibson
  • Hooping: Circular Motion and Geometry Demo – Lawn south of the Activities Center - Brianna Morris
    Apply math and science while "hooping" it up
  • Rope Bridge - Dennis Griffin and Shawn Wakefield - Grass are west of the Volleyball Court
    See how to engineer a rope bridge and try your hand at making it safely across the "Alligator Pit."
  • The Use of Drones to collect data in EAC Science Diviion S.T.E.M. Projects - Dave Henson - Canal
    Come watch our EAC students show you how their training in the flight of drone unmanned flight vehicles can be used in the field to collect data for several of our partnership projects
  • Department of Public Safety (DPS) - Trooper Braden McBride - NC-8
  • Army National Guard - Sergeant Ortiz - Math/Science parking lot
    Learn about water purification
  • Adventures with Clay - Stuart Gibson - 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!
  • Sink or Float - Early Childhood Lab – Nette Griffina and Shari Elkins - NC-5
    Which objects do you think might sink? Which objects do you think might float? Why? What are the differences? What are the Similarities?
  • Trebuchet – Engineering 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!
  • Knockerball - Karen Preston - Open Lawn west of the Math/Science Building
    Explore momentum, velocity, and acceleration as you become a part of a collision.
  • Heavy Equipment Training Simulator - Freeport McMoRan - Math/Science Parking Lot
    Experience the thrill of driving a haul truck and other heavy equipment used in local copper mines
  • "Eggs"it Ramp with Lego Cars - Dan and Kryslal Best - MS-412
    Explore physics concepts with an egg and lego ramp. Can you protect the egg as it travels down the "eggs"it ramp?
  • Aaron's Animals - Aaron Burk - MS-420
    Visit our live Gila Monster Mascot and other interesting animals
  • Slime Party - Duane DeSpain - MS-401
    Creating a simple polymer from household materials will leave kids of all ages wondering 'how does this work?'' We can explain ... Come see us. Everyone will get to take home a baggie of their choice of color of slime to experiment and play with. We will even provide the 'recipe' so that you can make it anytime.
  • Straw Jets and Paper Hoop Airplanes - Eastern Arizona Science Initiative - MS-402
    Build your own "jet" rocket using straws, paper and tape – what kind of force and design changes can you make it go farther! You'll also build the most simple – and stable – paper airplane that can "dance" in the air, using only a paper hoop! Science is Fun!
  • Bones and Groans - Carolyn McCormies and Shalay Hanynie - MS-404
    Draw blood from a mannequin and create a finger cast as you learn some exciting nursing skills
  • Chemistry: Activities that Separate the Colors - Joel Shelton - MS-407
    Use chemistry to separate colors and identify pigments
  • Astronomy in the Day! Is that even possible? - Tammy Gillespie - MS-310/312
    Learn about astronomy during the day with some fun, interactive activities
  • Rocks, Minerals and States of Matter - David Morris - MS-316
    Learn to identify rocks and minerals and learn about the states of matter
  • Color Coding with Ozobots - Arizona State University iTeachAZ - Kurt Palmer - MS-101
  • 3-D Printing and Laser Engraving - Nate McCray and Dorian Nelson - MS-103
    Learning about 3D printing and laser engraving and possibly even print or engrave your own item
  • Virtual Welder - Carlton Penn - MS-103
    Simple welding techniques will be domonstrated
  • Heart and Health - Agnes Attakai and IngriQue Salt - MS-105
    Uof A College of Public Health and College of Pharmacy
  • Shock Dogs - Mark Andreason - MS-109
    Sarely explore wlectricity and even cook a hot dog using an electric current
  • Coding Academy - Lydia Mata - High Tech Center Commons Lab
    Hands on Activity for new and experienced coders. Join us to try your hand at coding. Try lessons for kids using Hour of Code tutorials, SWIFT Coding for more experienced coders, and see a demonstration of programmable LEGO Mindstorm Robots.
  • Robotics Lego League - Wendy Millar - High Tech Center Commons Lobby
    Learn about robotics and the Robotics Lego League Club

Discovery Park Campus Schedule of Activities (3:00 - 6:00 pm)

  • Frisbees
    Throw a Frisbee at three different targets for points
  • Gila Watershed Partnership (GWP) Plants
    Learn about the GWP and the projects for growing plants
  • Sun Scope
    Solar telescopes and solar projections
  • Air Rockets
    Make a paper rocket and launch it up into the sky
  • Musical Performances
    Watch our local talent perform for you in our Grand Kiva
  • Electronic Generator Demo
    Watch our mad scientists demonstrate the power of static electricity
  • Owl Pellets
    Dissect an owl pellet and discover what owls eat
  • Obstacle Course
    Try your hand at maneuvering around an obstacle course on a personal rolling cart
  • Planetarium
    The portable planetarium offers a wide variety of astronomy lessons as well as detailed lessons and movies on Earth Science topics including weather patterns, plate tectonics, biological cell, Native American mythology, and ocean currents. Astronomy lessons will be the focus at this festival.

After Dark Activities (6:00 - 8:00 pm)

  • Shuttle Rides
    Jump into our Space Shuttle and take a ride out into the solar system
  • Stargazing from Four Different Telescope Sights
    Join the Arizona Desert Skygazers Club in viewing the stars, planets, nebulas, galaxies and star clusters through four different telescopes



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 Apple Watch
  • 1 Set of Apple Air Pods
  • 5 Jelly Fish Cartesian Divers
  • 4 Make Your Own Lava Lamp Kits
  • 3 Squishy Circuit Lite Kits
  • 1 Magnetic Science Kit
  • 3 Star Domes
  • 2 Weather Station Kits
  • 1 Zero Blaster
  • 1 Akaso Camera (Similar to a Go Pro)
  • 1 Robot Kit
  • 2 Magnetic Levitation Toys
  • 2 Red Crystal Kits
  • 4 Micro Rocket Kits
  • 1 Holy Stone Drone
  • 1 Volcano Kit
  • 1 Mega Crystal Growing Kit
  • Additional Prizes

Attend numerous Arizona SciTech Festival and win additional prizes. For mor information go to:

AZ SciTech Festival Website