Gila Valley Health & STEAM festival will be February 28-29

Schedule of events

Discovery Park Campus Schedule of Activities Friday, Feb. 28 (3 – 6 p.m.)

  1. StarLab Planetarium Presentations!
  2. Come and see presentations that are “out of this world.”
  3. Electrostatic Generator Activities
  4. Watch a “shocking” demonstration on the power of static electricity.
  5. Owl Pellets
  6. What can you find inside your owl pellet?
  7. Gila Watershed Partnership (GWP) Plants
  8. Learn about the GWP and how plants, insects, and climate affect our area.
  9. “Paint an Insect” Rock Painting
    1. 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!
  10. Galaxy Art!
  11. Create a masterpiece with spinning drops of paint.
  12. Air Rockets
  13. Make a rocket and get ready for a “Blast off!”
  14. UV/Glow Bracelet
  15. Make a bracelet that glows in the dark at night and turns colors under the daytime sun.
  16. Corn Hole Toss
  17. How many bean bags can you toss through the hole?  Can you toss them all in?
  18. Giant Jenga
  19. Play Jenga with a 3-foot tower!  Challenge your friends!
  20. Dendrochronology Tree Cookie Dating
  21. Count the rings in the tree cookie.  Is it older than you are?
  22. Tallest Spaghetti Structures
  23. Bring out your inner Engineer!  How tall can you construct your spaghetti tower, before it snaps?

Discovery Park Campus After Dark Activities (6 – 8 p.m.)

  1. POLARIS Shuttle Rides
  2. Take an airplane ride & hope you make it safely home on “A Wing & a Prayer”!
  3. 20” Tinsley Telescope Observing
    1. See the wonders of the night sky under our dome looking through our fine old instrument!
  4. October Sky
    1. 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!
  5. Submillimeter Radio Telescope “Little SMT”!
  6. Find something in the universe that you can’t “see.”  Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it…….

EAC Saturday, Feb. 29

Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center Patio

West Parking Lot by the Farm Implements

Math/Science Building – West Entrance

  1. Health Screenings, Blood Draws, Vendor Showcase and all traditional Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center Health Fair Activities – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  2. GO GOLD – Childhood Cancer Awareness Race for the family of Leila Urrea – Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. at the Layton House, EAC Middle Campus on Church Street. The mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K following at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Layton House on Church Street.
  3. EAC Art Exhibit – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  4. 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 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. 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 p.m. EAC Women’s Chorale – Chase Moore – Sand Volleyball Court
    • Listen to some beautiful chorale music

Additional Activities Saturday, Feb. 29

9:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Contributed Photo: A festival goer enjoys an experiment at the 2016 festival.
  1. Helicopter – West Parking Lot outside the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center
  2. Gila Valley Farming Technology – Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson – U of A Cooperative Extension
  3. Rolling River Floodplain – Bill Brandau/Cindy Pearson–UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership – West Parking Lot
  4. Leaky House Water Conservation – City of Safford/UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership – West Parking Lot
  5. Incredible Wearables – Dr. Jerry Lopez – UofA Cooperative Extension 4-H STEM Youth Development – West Parking Lot
  6. Recruitment – Erin Kowalsky – UofA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences – West Parking Lot
  7. Army National Guard – Sgt Ortiz – West Parking Lot
    1. Take a look inside a Humvee.
  8. Heavy Equipment Training Simulator – Freeport-McMoRan – West Parking Lot
    1. Experience the thrill of driving a haul truck and other heavy equipment used in local copper mines.
  9. Chalk Art – Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center pillars – Deanna Cluff and Students
  10. Hoops in Motion – Lawn south of the Activities Center – Brianna Morris
    1. Apply math and science while “hooping” it up.
  11. Stretcher Races – Carolyn McCormies and Shalay Haynie – Math/Science Parking Lot
    1. See how fast and safely you can transport an injured person on a stretcher.
  12. Department of Public Safety (DPS) – Trooper Braden McBride – Math/Science Parking Lot
    1. Simulate a roll-over and see why you should always wear your seatbelt. Look inside some of the most exciting vehicles with lights, cameras, sirens, and radar action.
  13. CPR Station – John Clegg – by the ambulance next to the canal.
    1. Take a tour of the ambulance, become aware of accidental trauma, and maybe learn some CPR.
  14. Technologies Used in Monitoring the Quality of Arizona’s Water – Dave Henson – Canal 
    1. Come see how STEM practices have advanced techniques that are used to determine the chemical and physical properties of Arizona’s ground and surface waters, including our wells and the water that we drink.  Sponsored by Dave Henson and students of EAC Bio 295/Undergraduate Biological Research.
  15. Adventures with Clay –Sandee Payne – NC-1
    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!
  16. Digital Funhouse Mirror –Jeff Henley – NC-1
    1. WARP! BEND! TWIST! Use Photoshop to change a picture of you!
  17. More Orbeez Please! – Early Childhood Learning Lab – Nette Griffin and Shari Elkins –NC-5
    1. “Orbees” Water Beads are squishy, bouncy, slimy, and just plain fun. Come explore our sensory bins, and learn science through play.
  18. Trebuchet – Karen Preston and STEM Club – Lawn area west of the Math/Science Building
    1. Learn engineering skills using a custom trebuchet machine to launch projectiles in a challenge that will test distance, accuracy, and power!
  19. Aaron’s Animals – Aaron Burk and Dr. Nathan Cline – MS-420
    1. Visit our live Gila Monster Mascot and other interesting animals.
  20. Squiddy the Cartesian Diver – Duane DeSpain – MS-401
    1. Build a Cartesian Diver while exploring the effects of volume and pressure changes in gases.
  21. Pocket Solar System – Eastern Arizona Science Initiative – MS-402
    1. Learn about the immensity of our universe as you build your own Pocket “Solar System.”
  22. The Green Screen – Glen Cashetta – MS-404
  23. Chemistry: Activities that Separate the Colors – Joel Shelton – MS-407
    1. Use chemistry to separate colors and identify pigments.
  24. The Incredible Human Body – Tammy Gillespie – MS-310/312
    1. Through various activities, you will learn some of the amazing properties of the human body.
  25. Rocks, Minerals, and States of Matter – MS-316  – David Morris
    1. Learn to identify rocks and minerals and learn about the states of matter.
  26. Color Coding with Ozobots – Arizona State University iTeachAZ – MS-101  – Kurt Palmer and Jackie Hale
  27. 3-D Printing and Laser Engraving – Dorian Nelson– MS-103
    1. Learn about 3D printing and laser engraving and possibly even print or engrave your own item.
  28. Virtual Welder – Nate McCray – MS-103
    1. Simple welding techniques will be demonstrated.
  29. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Respect – Susan Elsberry – MS 105
    1. SouthEastern Arizona Clean and Beautiful, SEACAB, is excited to provide family-friendly activities focused on the “4R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Respect”.
  30. Shock Dogs – Mark Andreason – MS 109
    1. Safely explore electricity and even cook a hot dog using an electric current.
  31. Coding Academy – Lydia Mata – High Tech Center Commons Lab
    1. 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. 
  32. Robotics Lego League – Wendy Millar – High Tech Center Commons Lobby
    1. 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.

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

1    iPad Air

1    Pair of 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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