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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 19, 2007

Salemburg, Clinton and Teachey students to get hands-on lesson
aboard UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program

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 Lakewood High School, Clinton High School and Wallace-Rose Hill High School this week.

Tuesday (March 20)
9:40 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
Lakewood High School
245 Lakewood School Road, Salemburg
Students from two of Christopher Williams’ honors chemistry classes will perform a lab exercise called “The Crucial Concentration.” Students will assume the role of laboratory investigators for a court case to determine the amount of protein found in three sports drinks. Using the general concept of the Lowry Assay and microanalysis skills, students will learn how to use a spectrophotometer, measure absorbencies, collect quantitative data, and produce a standard curve to find the protein content in each sample.

Wednesday (March 21)
7:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
1:05 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Clinton High School
1201 West Elizabeth Street, Clinton
Students from two of Ruth Ann Parker’s biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Get a Clue.” 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 22)
8 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
9:40 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wallace-Rose Hill High School
602 High School Road, Teachey
Students from two of Sonja Hanchey’s allied health science I 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).

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. “The Crucial Concentration” is developed from 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 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.

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