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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 2, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science learning program
to visit Kannapolis, Laurinburg next week

Media representatives are invited to climb aboard Destiny and Discovery, the traveling science laboratories from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Destiny science learning program, when they visit high schools in Kannapolis and Laurinburg next week.

Tuesday (Feb. 6)
Discovery
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
A. L. Brown High School
415 E. First St., Kannapolis
Students from two of April Baucom’s biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “From Finches to Fishes.” Students will learn the fundamental principles of evolution and natural selection. Protein gel electrophoresis will be used to acquire molecular data with which students will construct an evolutionary tree for five fish species. Students will also examine proteomics as the new frontier of molecular biology and its importance to understanding the structure and function of the human genome and the genomes of other organisms.

Tuesday (Feb. 6)
Destiny
7:25 a.m. to 9 a.m.
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
11:05 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.
1:05 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Scotland High School
1000 W. Church St., Laurinburg
Students from two of Pam Patterson’s chemistry classes and two of Kathy Williams’ 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.

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
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu