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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 9, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science learning program
to visit Rocky Mount and Pinetops students

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 Northern Nash High School, Rocky Mount High School and Southwest Edgecombe High School next week.

Tuesday (Feb. 13)
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
11:37 a.m. to 1:07 p.m.
Northern Nash High School
4320 Green Hills Road, Rocky Mount
Students from two of Tom Bartik’s 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.

Wednesday (Feb. 14)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Rocky Mount High School
308 S. Tillery Street, Rocky Mount
Students from two of Sue Ford’s biology classes will also perform “The Crucial Concentration.”

Thursday (Feb. 15)
8:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
Southwest Edgecombe High School
Route 1, Pinetops
Students from one of Linda Barnes’ honors biology 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.

Thursday (Feb. 15)
11:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Southwest Edgecombe High School
Route 1, Pinetops
During the same visit, students from one of Dawn Thompson’s honors 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.

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” and “Case of the Crown Jewels” are developed from Boston University School of Medicine CityLab modules. 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