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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Jan. 30, 2007

Creedmoor students to experience
UNC’s Destiny science learning program

Media representatives are invited to try 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 South Granville High School this week.

Thursday (Feb. 1)
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
South Granville High School
701 North Crescent Drive, Creedmoor
Students from Gloria Green’s biomedical technology and medical sciences II 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).

Thursday (Feb. 1)
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
South Granville High School
701 North Crescent Drive, Creedmoor
During the same visit, students from one of Micki Powell’s forensic science 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 simulated 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. “Case of the Crown Jewels” 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
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu