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Media Advisory

For immediate use 

Dec. 9, 2005 -- No. 617

DESTINY traveling science learning program
to stop next week at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s two traveling science laboratories as it stops at Hopewell, Myers Park and Providence high schools next week.

DESTINY, a traveling science learning program, delivers hands-on curricula and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel statewide. Destiny and Discovery, two custom-built, 40-foot, 33,000-pound buses, feature the latest science and technology equipment.

Since hitting the road in 2000, the DESTINY program has visited 97 counties, 104 school systems, and 341 schools, in addition to training more than 1,000 educators and providing wet-lab experiences for more than 16,000 students.

Tuesday (Dec. 13), 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Hopewell High School
11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville

At the visit, Renee Brice’s Advanced Placement biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "The Case of the Crown Jewels," one of 15 modules offered as part of DESTINY’s curriculum. Students assume the role of forensic scientists and perform DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA fingerprinting) to analyze a drop of "blood" found at the scene of a robbery as they determine which of a number of suspects committed the crime. All of DESTINY’s modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

Wednesday (Dec. 14), 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., 10:25 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.
Myers Park High School
2400 Colony Road, Charlotte

At the visit, Linda Franklin’s biology classes will perform "The Case of the Crown Jewels," detailed above.

Thursday (Dec. 15), 8:56 a.m. to 10:31 a.m., 11:08 a.m. to 12:37 p.m.
Providence High School
1800 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte

At the visit, Peggy Henry-Watkins’ honors biology I classes will perform "The Mystery of the Crooked Cell," where students will discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease by using gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease.

For more information, go to http://www.destiny.unc.edu.

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Institute for Science Learning contacts: Toni Cooper Davis, davis@unc.edu or (919) 824-1559; or Lea Hart, hart@unc.edu or (919) 843-5914