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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 9, 2007

Cameron, Sanford and Fayetteville students to experience
UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program

Media representatives are invited to a hands-on science lesson 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 Union Pines High School, Lee County High School and Massey Hill Classical High School next week.

Tuesday (Feb. 13)
9:40 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Union Pines High School
1981 Union Church Road, Cameron
Students from two of Karen Griffin’s honors 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.

Wednesday (Feb. 14)
9:35 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Lee County High School
1708 Nash Street, Sanford
Students from two of Anita Crowley’s 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 "blood" and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes as they determine which suspects are guilty or innocent.

Thursday (Feb. 15)
9:15 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Massey Hill Classical High School
1062 Southern Ave., Fayetteville
Students from one of Constance Russell’s biology II classes will also perform “Case of the Crown Jewels.”

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. “Mystery of the Crooked Cell” 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.

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