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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Dec. 4, 2006 -- No. 576

UNC's Destiny science bus
to visit Yanceyville Thursday

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard Discovery, one of the traveling science laboratories in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Destiny science learning program, when it visits Bartlett Yancey high school in Yanceyville this week.

Thursday (Dec. 7)
9:47 a.m. to 11:17 a.m.
Bartlett Yancey High School
466 E. Main Street, Yanceyville

Students from one of Sandra Hylton's chemistry classes will perform a lab exercise called Weigh to Go. Students will explore connections between obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Using hydrophobic interactive chromatography, a key process in biotechnology research, students will purify a genetically engineered designer protein (simulated modified leptin) from transformed bacterial cells.

The Destiny traveling science learning program is the 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 modules described above are among 13 offered as part of Destiny's curriculum. All of Destiny's modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

The science buses are powerful visual images that heighten public awareness of the importance of and funding necessary for quality science education. Destiny first hit the road in 2000.
The activities for Caswell County schools are federally funded by the Science Education Partnership Award program. The program's goals are to engage the public in medical research, stimulate interest in science, and encourage the next generation of health professionals.

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

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Destiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu