The Gila Valley Health and STEAM Festival

Safford, AZ, Eastern Arizona College (EAC) is excited to bring the 8th annual Gila Valley Health and STEAM Festival to the Gila Valley.

This expo will include a wide variety of safe, hands-on activities and demonstrations showcasing health, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

The event will begin at the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park Campus on Friday, February 25th from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Visit the StarLab Planetarium, dissect owl pellets, watch a “shocking” demonstration, learn about native birds and fish, visit with the Gila Watershed Partnership and learn how plants, insects, and climate affect our area. Learn about tree rings and what they tell us about the life of a tree. Enjoy a Shuttle Ride and explore the universe through a variety of telescopes.

This exciting event continues on Saturday, February 26th at 8:00 a.m., beginning with the Go Gold Run for Childhood Cancer. 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 8:00 a.m. with the 5K following at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Layton House on Church Street.

There will be a wide variety of hands-on STEAM activities at EAC’s North Campus from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take your photo on a large farm implement and learn about erosion with the UofA Cooperative Extension/Gila Watershed Partnership’s Rolling River Floodplain. Explore a DPS helicopter and learn about the effects of driving under the influence by navigating through a Go-Kart course challenge. Learn about accident reconstruction and the use of the DPS explosive ordnance disposal robot. Continue into the Activities Center for color coding with ozobots, watch a live demonstration of LEGO Mindstorm robots, and learn about the Robotics Lego League. You can even use chemicals to decorate a Christmas tree. The Safford Lions Club will be on hand for vision screening. The Women’s chorale will treat everyone with some special music. Chase Moore may even entertain us with some improvisation of the piano. It will be a treat. Speaking of treats, enjoy some mini donuts, cool off with a shave ice from Shiver Shack, and enjoy some Cotton Candy next to the Cotton pickers.

As you move south on North Campus, you will be able to see a large trebuchet in action, visit our live Gila Monster mascot and other interesting animals as well as participate in some fund hands-on learning activities in the Math Science building.

First Things First will be on hand to give our free books to encourage young children to explore the world of STEM through reading. If you aren’t sure how much fun science can be, meander into the Math/Science Building at 9:00, 10:00 or 11:00 to watch three Chemistry Magic Shows presented by the EAC Organic Chemistry class.

Food from local vendors will be available on Friday at the EAC Discovery Park Campus and on Saturday at the EAC North Campus. As always, there is no charge to the public to attend, and there are a lot of prizes that you can win just by dropping by to visit.

The Festival is being brought to the community by a committee consisting of local partners, including Eastern Arizona College, Freeport McMoRan, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Eastern Arizona Science Initiative, National Science Foundation, CMI Printing, First Things First, Science Foundation of Arizona, and the Arizona SciTech Festival.

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a state-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math held annually in February and March.

If you would like more information about the local Festival, please contact Dr. Phil McBride at 928-428-8404 or by email at<

  • Audience: Youth, Teen, Adult, STEM Professional, Teachers & Educators
  • Genre: STEM/STEAM
  • Type: Expo/Festival

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Feb 26 2022


8:00 am - 2:00 pm



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Graham/Greenlee STEM Hub,
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Eastern Arizona College
(928) 428-8472
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