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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Jan. 29, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science learning program
visits Graham, Saxapahaw 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, when it visits Graham High School and New Century Charter High School this week.

Wednesday (Jan. 31)
8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
9:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Graham High School
903 Trollinger Road, Graham
Students from Valerie Jones’ anatomy and honors 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  simulated blood and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes as they determine which suspects are guilty or innocent.

Thursday (Feb. 1)
8:40 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
12:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
New Century Charter High School
1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw
Students from Dr. Norma Johnson’s physical science and biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Biological Bodyguards.” Students will examine the vital role that the body’s immune system takes to fight illness and prevent disease. Assuming the role of medical lab technicians, students will use a simulated viral extract and perform an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to screen hypothetical patients for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

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 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.

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