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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 23, 2007

Bladenboro, Elizabethtown and Red Springs students to get hands-on lesson
aboard UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program

Media representatives are invited to climb 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 West Bladen High School, East Bladen High School and Red Springs High School next week.

Tuesday (Feb. 27)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
1:15 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
West Bladen High School
1600 NC Highway 410, Bladenboro
Students from two of Pam Roberts’ and two of Amy Stephens’ 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. 28)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
East Bladen High School
5600 NC Highway 87 East, Elizabethtown
Students from two of Stephanie Hester’s biology classes will also perform “Case of the Crown Jewels.”

Wednesday (Feb. 28)
11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
East Bladen High School
5600 NC Highway 87 East, Elizabethtown
Students from two of Cheryl West’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 (March 1)
8:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
9:55 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
12 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Red Springs High School
509 North Vance Street, Red Springs

Students from Melodi Lowrey’s, Erin Oxendine’s and Monica Graham’s biology classes will 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. “Case of the Crown Jewels” and “Mystery of the Crooked Cell” 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.

The Destiny program’s activities for Bladen County schools are federally funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. SEPA’s goals are to engage the public in medical research, stimulate interest in science, and encourage the next generation of health professionals.

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