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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 12, 2007

UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program to visit
Beaufort, Morehead City and Havelock students this week

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s traveling science laboratory, when it visits East Carteret High School, West Carteret High School and Havelock High School this week.

Tuesday (March 13)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
East Carteret High School
3263 Highway 70, Beaufort
Students from one of Tammy Schooley’s AP biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Biological Bodyguards” Students will examine the vital role that the body’s immune system takes to fight illness and prevent disease. Assuming the role of medical lab technicians, students will use a simulated viral extract and perform an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to screen hypothetical patients for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Tuesday (March 13)
10:05 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
East Carteret High School
3263 Highway 70, Beaufort
During the same visit, students from two of Stephanie Sanders’ honors 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 14)
7:55 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
9:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
West Carteret High School
4700 Country Club Road, Morehead City
Students from two of Jackie Marsh’s AP biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “From Finches to Fishes.” Protein gel electrophoresis will be used to acquire molecular data with which students will construct an evolutionary tree for five fish species. Students will examine proteomics as the new frontier of molecular biology and its importance to understanding the structure and function of the human genome and the genomes of other organisms.

Thursday (March 15)
7:55 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
Havelock High School
101 Webb Blvd., Havelock
Students from one of Rob Thomas’ marine biology classes will also perform “From Finches to Fishes.”

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” is a Boston University School of Medicine CityLab module. All of Destiny’s modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study.

The science bus is a powerful visual image that heightens public awareness of the importance of and funding necessary for quality science education. Destiny 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

News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu