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Media Advisory

For immediate use

March 30, 2007

Yanceyville students to get hands-on science 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 Bartlett Yancey High School next week.

Monday (April 2)
11:30 a.m. to 12:57 p.m.
1:35 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Bartlett Yancey High School
466 East Main Street, Yanceyville
Students from two of Susan Lassiter’s honors 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.

Tuesday (April 3)
9:47 a.m. to 11:17 a.m.
1:35 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Bartlett Yancey High School
466 East Main Street, Yanceyville
Students from two of Sandra Hylton’s 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 (April 4)
8:05 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
11:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
1:35 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Bartlett Yancey High School
466 East Main Street, Yanceyville
Students from three of Elizabeth Pressley’s biology classes will also perform “Mystery of the Crooked Cell,” described above.

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” 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.

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