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Sept. 27, 2000 -- No. 493

Traveling science laboratory makes first stop at Bladenboro High School

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (student, faculty/staff tours) and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (public open house) Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Bladenboro High School, 910 S. Main St., Bladenboro

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ís 40-foot traveling science laboratory, carrying state-of-the-art technology, will make its first stop at Bladenboro High School Oct. 3. The visit is sponsored by Bladen County Schools and UNC-CH.

The laboratory is called Destiny, named by Bladenboro High School students and Southeast Halifax High School students. Glaxo Wellcome Inc. awarded UNC-CH a five-year, $1.6 million grant to build the bus, equip it and support operations.

Following is a schedule of planned activities for the day:

9 to 9:15 a.m.: Ceremony honoring Bladenboro High School biology students who won the "name the bus" contest.

9:48 to 11 a.m.: Biology I students conduct a "mystery of the crooked cell" activity.

11:25 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.: Bladenboro High School students tour the laboratory.

2:55 to 3:30 p.m.: Bladenboro High School faculty and staff tour the laboratory.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Public tours of the laboratory, including slide presentations.

A 6 p.m. "debut ceremony" will feature remarks from Donald L. Kelly, principal of Bladenboro High School; Dr. Byron R. Lawson, superintendent of Bladen County Schools; Dr. Nicholas Didow, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service at UNC-CH; Dr. Carolyn M. Mayo, director of the N.C. Health Careers Access Program at UNC-CH; and Dr. Skip Bollenbacher, professor of biology and director of the UNC-CH Partnership for Minority Advancement in the Biomolecular Sciences.


Bladenboro High School contact: Principal Donald L. Kelly, (910) 863-4821
News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415