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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Jan. 22, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science learning program
to visit Raleigh students this week

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard Discovery, one of the traveling science laboratories from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Destiny science learning program, for a hand-on science lesson when it visits Broughton High School in Wake County this week.

Wednesday (Jan. 24)
8:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
10 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Broughton High School
723 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh
During the visit, students from three of Chris Frasier’s biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Get a Clue.” 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 (Jan. 25)
8:05 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
Broughton High School
723 St. Mary’s Street, Raleigh
Students from one of Pat Ligon’s chemistry classes will perform a lab exercise called “The Crucial Concentration.” Students will assume the role of laboratory investigators for a court case to determine the amount of protein found in three sports drinks. Using the general concept of the Lowry Assay and microanalysis skills, students will learn how to use a spectrophotometer, measure absorbencies, collect quantitative data, and produce a standard curve to find the protein content in each sample.

Thursday (Jan. 25)
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1:35 p.m. to 3 p.m.
During the same visit, students from two of Chris Frasier’s biology classes will also perform the “Get a Clue” lab exercise. Students will assume the role of forensic scientists and perform DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA fingerprinting) to analyze simulated drops of blood and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes as they determine which suspects are guilty or innocent.

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 modules described above are among 13 offered as part of Destiny’s curriculum. “The Crucial Concentration” is developed from a Boston University School of Medicine CityLab module. 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. The Destiny program 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 or bury@unc.edu
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