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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 19, 2007

UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program to visit
Jacksonville
and Wilmington 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 Jacksonville High School, New Hanover High School and Ashley High School this week.

Tuesday (March 20)
7:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
10:42 a.m. to 12:12 p.m.
Jacksonville High School
1021 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville
Students from two of Jessica Freeman’s 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 21)
10:06 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
1:56 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
New Hanover High School
1307 Market Street, Wilmington
Students from two of Bethany Noller’s honors biology 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 (March 22)
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Eugene Ashley High School
555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington
Students from two of Bryan Bishop’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.

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