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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Oct. 9, 2006 -- No. 471

Trenton and Jacksonville students to hop
aboard UNC's science learning bus

Media representatives are invited to board Destiny, one of the buses in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Destiny science learning program, this week as it travels to high schools in Trenton and Jacksonville.

Wednesday (Oct. 11)
8:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Jones Senior High School
1490 Highway 58 South, Trenton

Two of Laura Fleming's biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "Case of the Crown Jewels." Students will assume the role of forensic scientists and perform DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA fingerprinting) to analyze drops of "blood" and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes as they determine which suspects are guilty or innocent.

Thursday (Oct. 12)
7:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.; 8:57 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.
Jacksonville High School
1021 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville

Two of Jessica Freeman's biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "From Finches to Fishes." Students will learn fundamental principles of evolution and natural selection through a variety of inquiry-based activities, including an imaginary trip to the Galapagos and a predation simulation. Protein gel electrophoresis will be used to acquire molecular data with which students will construct an evolutionary tree for five fish species.

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. The program 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 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 science learning contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu
News Services contact: Kyle York, (919) 962-8415 or kyle_york@unc.edu