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4/14/2011

7th annual Engineering Day a great success!

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Pre-Engineering department hosted the 7th annual Engineering Day last week, co-sponsored by Freeport McMoRan and the National Science Foundation. The event was attended by 76 high school students from Duncan, Morenci, Safford, Thatcher, Ft. Thomas, Globe, 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 Nathan Montierth of Safford High School with an overall error of just two square feet out of 27,083. The second place finisher in the Poor Man’s Surveyor competition was Woraphon Bundidcheen, also of Safford 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 winners in this competition were Travis Skinner, first place; and Michael Ziccarelli, second place; both of Thatcher High School.

The traditional team Egg Drop contest was ramped up a bit this year and has been appropriately renamed the Egg Launch competition. Teams were challenged to build a device to protect an egg launched from a compressed gas cannon. The devices typically landed 100 feet from the launch point, and rose about 50 feet in the air. Winners were Seth Lunt, Jeff Norton, and Russel Rapier from Duncan High School with their “Black Mamba” egg protection device. The second place finishers in the Egg Launch competition were Kaylee Griffen, Michael Ziccarelli, and Travis Skinner from Thatcher High School.

In the extremely challenging Brain Teaser Quiz, Steve Bigelow from Duncan High School, and Katie Larson from Safford High School tied for first place.

The overall first place individual winner was Nathan Montierth from Safford High School who walked away with an Apple iTouch as his prize.

The overall second place individual winner was Travis Skinner who won an Ipod Nano.

The overall first place team winners were Seth Lunt, Jeff Norton, and Russel Rapier from Duncan High School. Each member won an iPod Shuffle.

The overall second place team winners were Alia Gray-McBride, Tony Lunt, Josh Thomas, Dakota French, and Steve Bigelow of Duncan High School. The team won gift certificates for their efforts.

“I have to publicly thank Tom Palmer, the surveying instructor, and his students, for their assistance during the event; the members of EAC’s Engineering Club for their assistance; the volunteers from Freeport McMoRan including Jim Lee, Patrick Holt, Mike Briggs, and Jim Plyler; and Jim’s son and EAC Engineering student, Justin Plyler, for their continued support of the event,” said Bailey.

For information about next year’s EAC Engineering Day, call Bailey at (928) 428-8226.

-30- Eastern Arizona College’s Pre-Engineering department hosted the 7th annual Engineering Day last week, cosponsored by Freeport McMoran and the National Science Foundation. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Jack Bailey, EAC’s engineering instructor and coordinator for the event; and Seth Lunt, Jeff Norton, and Russel Rapier from Duncan High School. [EAC-submitted photo] .