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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Sept. 13, 2006 -- No. 421


UNC's DESTINY traveling science
learning program to stop at Apex High School

Thursday (Sept.14), 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 10:35 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.
Apex High School
1501 Laura Duncan Road, Apex

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's two traveling science laboratories this week as it makes a stop at Apex High School. The science bus will be parked behind the school - in an area behind the student parking lot.

At the visit, two of Shannon Mizenko's biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "The Mystery of the Crooked Cell," one of 13 modules offered as part of DESTINY's curriculum. 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. All of DESTINY's modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

The DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina. DESTINY develops and delivers a standards-based, hands-on curriculum and teacher professional development with a team of educators and a fleet of vehicles that travel throughout the state. Destiny and Discovery, two custom-built, 40-foot, 33,000-pound buses, bring the latest science and technology equipment to students who otherwise would not see a high-tech laboratory or what a career in science can offer. The science bus is a powerful visual image that heightens public awareness of the importance of and funding necessary for quality science education. DESTINY first hit the road in 2000.

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

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DESTINY contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915, (919) 923.1815 (cell on site Thursday) or bury@unc.edu