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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 12, 2007

Forest City and Kings Mountain students to experience
UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program
 
Media representatives are invited to climb aboard Discovery, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s traveling science laboratory, when it visits East Rutherford High School, Chase High School and Kings Mountain High School this week.

Tuesday (March 13)
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
East Rutherford High School
331 East High Road, Forest City
Students from two of Rad Mayfield’s honors 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.

Wednesday (March 14)
11:19 a.m. to 12:53 p.m.
1:25 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Chase High School
1603 Chase High Road, Forest City
Students from two of Jill Francis’ 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.

Thursday (March 15)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:38 a.m. to 11:08 a.m.
11:39 a.m. to 1:04 p.m.
Kings Mountain High School
500 Phifer Road, Kings Mountain
Students from Lori Wilbanks’ college prep biology class, Sara McComas’ college prep biology class and Mercedes Humphries’ honors biology class 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 Boston University School of Medicine CityLab modules. 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