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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 5, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science learning program
to visit Olin and Statesville students this week

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 North Iredell High School, South Iredell High School and Statesville High School this week.

Tuesday (March 6)
8:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.
North Iredell High School
156 Raider Road, Olin
Students from two of Deborah Wilkerson’s allied health science I classes and two of Pam Bowman’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 (March 7)
8:05 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
11:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
South Iredell High School
299 Old Mountain Road, Statesville
Students from three of Cindy Christensen’s biology classes will also perform “Case of the Crown Jewels.”

Thursday (March 8)
8:20 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
9:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Statesville High School, Statesville
Students from Parks Collins’, Amy Viars’ and Jill McCartney’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.

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 Iredell 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.

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