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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Feb. 26, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science learning program
to visit Gastonia and Denver students next week

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 Forestview High School and East Lincoln High School this week.

Wednesday (Feb. 28)
9:30 a.m. to 11:16 a.m.
1:25 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
Forestview High School
5545 Union Road, Gastonia
Students from Dawn Hall’s allied health science and biomedical technology classes will perform a lab exercise called “BioBusiness.” Students will discover how businesses use recombinant DNA technology to tailor products to meet customers’ needs. Using genetic engineering techniques, students will explore the mechanisms of gene expression and gene selection.

Thursday (Feb. 29)
8 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
9:42 a.m. to 11:13 a.m.
East Lincoln High School
6471 Highway 73, Denver
Students from two of Heather Ramsey’s honors biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Weigh to Go!” Students will explore 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.

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. 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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