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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Jan. 22, 2007

Charlotte and Huntersville students to get hands-on lesson
aboard UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science learning aboard Destiny, one of the traveling science laboratories from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Destiny science learning program, when it visits two Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools next week.

Wednesday (Jan. 24)
8:57 a.m. to 10:27 a.m.
11:08 a.m. to 12:38 p.m.
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Myers Park High School
2400 Colony Road, Charlotte
During the visit, students from three of Linda Franklin’s 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 (Jan. 25)
11:07 a.m. to 12:37 p.m.
12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Hopewell High School
11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville
Students from two of Renee Brice’s classes will also perform the “Case of the Crown Jewels” lab exercise. Students will assume the role of forensic scientists and perform DNA restriction analysis to analyze drops of simulated blood and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes.

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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