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Oct. 15, 2003 -- No. 544

Carolina’s traveling science laboratory to visit the North Carolina State Fair

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 19)
4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21)
North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Destiny, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s traveling science laboratory, is making an appearance at the North Carolina State Fair this year. The 33,000-pound bus will be on display Sunday (Oct. 19) from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday (Oct. 21) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. near the Dorton Arena entrance (gate 1 off Hillsborough St.)

Fairgoers will be able to climb onboard the bus and perform an experiment by extracting DNA from a strawberry. Destiny Program Coordinator Betty Brown will be among the science bus organizers available for media interviews.

This is Destiny’s first trip to the state fair but the traveling lab has logged thousands of miles throughout North Carolina, bringing the latest science and technology to North Carolina public school students who otherwise would not see a high-technology laboratory or what a science career can offer. Since hitting the road in October 2000, Destiny has visited 88 counties, 90 school systems and 250 schools in North Carolina. The bus provides opportunities for students (especially in rural and underserved areas) to perform experiments in the most up-to-date research fields. Thousands of North Carolina schoolchildren, educators and interested citizens have experienced the wonders of the scientific process in Destiny’s three years on the road.

The traveling science laboratory was developed with generous private support from GlaxoSmithKline and other corporate partners. The project, spearheaded by Dr. Walter "Skip" Bollenbacher, UNC professor of biology, is among the innovations resulting from the Partnership for Minority Advancement in the Biomolecular Sciences, a consortium created by UNC-Chapel Hill that includes Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, North Carolina Central University, Shaw University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

For more information on the traveling science laboratory, go to www.unc.edu/destiny/.

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