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Media Advisory

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Dec. 7, 2004 -- No. 588

UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor to visit museum
in Rutherfordton as part of ‘Carolina Connects’

Wednesday (Dec. 8), 11 a.m.
KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum
172 N. Main St.
Rutherfordton

Media representatives are invited to cover a visit Wednesday (Dec. 8) by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser to KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum in Rutherfordton.

Moeser’s trip is part of his "Carolina Connects" initiative, launched last spring. Since that time, Moeser has visited each region of the state to highlight the many ways in which UNC-Chapel Hill serves North Carolina’s people and its communities.

On his visit, Moeser will tour the museum and meet with Kris Jordan of Rutherfordton, a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. Jordan has launched a Web site (www.NCKidScience.com) for the museum that is designed to help elementary school teachers statewide. He received a Carolina Center for Public Service Robert E. Bryan Fellowship grant from UNC-Chapel Hill to fund the project.

NCKidScience.com helps teachers prepare for the end-of-grade examinations in science, connects teachers statewide using "Teacher Talk" message boards and allows teachers to share lessons and comment on lessons located online, among other features.

KidSenses Children's InterACTIVE Museum is dedicated to interactive learning and enhancing classroom education with hands-on fun. The museum seeks to provide an environment where children and adults can play, learn and create together. Learning experiences center on the arts, science, technology, culture and history. The 10,000-square-foot, two-story facility opened Oct. 5, 2004.

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KidSenses contact: Steve Saucier, executive director, (828) 286-2120 or steve@kidsenses.com

UNC-Chapel Hill contacts: Nancy Davis, on site, 201-5621 (cell); and Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093