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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 5, 2007

UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program
to visit Lumberton and Pembroke students

Media representatives are invited to experience Destiny, one of the traveling science laboratories from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Destiny science learning program, when it visits Early College High School at Robeson Community College in Lumberton and Purnell Swett High School in Pembroke this week.

Wednesday (Feb. 7)
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Early College High School at Robeson Community College
5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton
Students from two of Jennifer Brown’s biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Mystery of the Crooked Cell.” Students will discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease by using gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease.

Thursday (Feb. 8)
11:04 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
1:12 p.m. to 2:42 p.m.
Purnell Swett High School
11344 Deep Branch Road, Pembroke
Students from Sue Brown’s and Sue Patterson’s Allied Health I classes will perform a lab exercise called “Mystery of the Crooked Cell.” Students will discover the molecular basis of sickle cell disease by using gel electrophoresis as a diagnostic tool to differentiate normal hemoglobin from hemoglobin found in individuals with sickle cell disease.

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 module described above is among 13 offered as part of Destiny’s curriculum. “Mystery of the Crooked Cell” 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