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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 16, 2007

Fayetteville and Hope Mills students to experience
UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program

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 Terry Sanford High School, Gray’s Creek High School and E.E. Smith High School next week.

Tuesday (Feb. 20)
8:20 a.m. to 10 a.m.
12:56 p.m. to 2:36 p.m.
Terry Sanford High School
2301 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville
Students from one of Ava Bickerton’s biology classes and one of Margaret Michaud’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.

Wednesday (Feb. 21)
10:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
11:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. 
Gray’s Creek High School
5301 Celebration Drive, Hope Mills
Students from one of Michelle Huffman’s biology classes and one of LeAndra Barriage’s anatomy and physiology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Weigh to Go!” Students will explore the connections between obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Using hydrophobic interactive chromatography, a key process in biotechnology research, students will purify a genetically engineered designer protein (simulated modified leptin) from transformed bacterial cells.

Thursday (Feb. 22)
10:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
E.E. Smith High School
1800 Seabrook Road, Fayetteville
Students from two of Letitia Myles’ biotechnology 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 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.

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
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