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Media Advisory

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April 9, 2007

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Destiny science learning program to visit Raleigh, Apex students

CHAPEL HILL – 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 Wake County’s Millbrook High School and Apex High School this week.

Wednesday (April 11)
7:25 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Millbrook High School
2201 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh
Students from two of Judith Bundy’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.

Thursday (April 12)
7:25 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.
11:15 a.m. to 12:44 p.m.
Apex High School
1501 Laura Duncan Road, Apex
Students from Margaret Norton’s advanced placement biology and advanced anatomy and physiology 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 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.

Destiny Web site: http://www.destiny.unc.edu

Destiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or bury@unc.edu
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu