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Media Advisory

Not for publication

May 17, 2005 -- No. 244

Destiny, UNCís traveling science bus,
to visit East Millbrook Magnet Middle School

Thursday (May 19), 9:30-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
East Millbrook Magnet Middle School
3801 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard Destiny, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillís traveling science laboratory. At the visit, Brenda Brewton Peake and Kristen Whiteheadís seventh-grade science classes will perform a lab exercise called "Genes in a Bottle." In this exercise, students will extract DNA from their own cheeks using a simple laboratory procedure and watch it precipitate from solution as floating white strands. The DNA strands are then collected and transferred into a vial that students put on a necklace and take home with them. All of Destinyís modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

Destiny is a traveling science learning program that delivers hands-on curricula and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel statewide. Destiny and Discovery Ė two custom-built, 40-foot, 33,000-pound buses Ė bring the latest science and technology equipment to students who otherwise might not see a high-tech laboratory or what a career in science could offer.

Since hitting the road in 2000, the Destiny program has visited 97 N.C. counties, 104 school systems and 341 schools, in addition to training more than 1,000 educators and providing laboratory experiences for more than 16,000 students onboard the bus or in the classroom.

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

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Destiny contact: Lauren Hunt, (919) 672-2870 or hunt@unc.edu

News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu