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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 13, 2007

Rosman, Brevard and Hendersonville students to get hands-on lesson aboard UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny, one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s two traveling science laboratories, when it visits Rosman High School, Brevard High School and North Henderson High School next week.

Tuesday (April 17)
8 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
11:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Rosman High School
749 Pickens Highway, Rosman
Students from two of Nancy Sanders’ 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.

Tuesday (April 17)
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Rosman High School
749 Pickens Highway, Rosman
During the same visit, students from one of Sarah Justice’s and Sara Cathey’s biology II 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).

Wednesday (April 18)
8:10 a.m. to 9:39 a.m.
Brevard High School
747 Country Club Road, Brevard
Students from one of Jan Galloway’s anatomy and physiology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Biological Bodyguards,” described above.

Wednesday (April 18)
10:01 a.m. to 11:27 a.m.
12:02 p.m. to 1:28 p.m.
Brevard High School
747 Country Club Road, Brevard
During the same visit, students from two of Kathleen Piersol’s biology classes will perform “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.

Wednesday (April 18)
1:33 p.m. to 3:01 p.m.
Brevard High School
747 Country Club Road, Brevard
Students from one of Jan Galloway’s biology classes will also perform “Mystery of the Crooked Cell,” described above.

Thursday (April 19)
8:05 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.
9:40 a.m. to 11:14 a.m.
North Henderson High School
35 Fruitland Road, Hendersonville
Students from two of Fred Gore’s chemistry classes will perform “The Crucial Concentration,” described above.

Thursday (April 19)
11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.
1:25 p.m. to 3 p.m.
North Henderson High School
35 Fruitland Road, Hendersonville
During the same visit, students from Pam Sutton’s and Ashley Toler’s biology classes will 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.

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