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April 13, 2007
UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program to visit Murphy, Bryson City and Sylva students next week
Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Discovery, one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s two traveling science laboratories, when it visits Murphy High School, Swain County High School and Smoky Mountain High School next week.
Tuesday (April 17)
8:13 a.m. to 9:43 a.m.
1:35 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Murphy High School
234 High School Drive, Murphy
Students from two of Lynn Deweese’s advanced placement 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.
Wednesday (April 18)
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Swain County High School
1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City
Students from two of Norma Pattillo’s 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.
Thursday (April 19)
11:48 a.m. to 1:22 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Smoky Mountain High School
100 Smoky Mountain Drive, Sylva
Students from two of Kim Corzine’s biology classes will perform “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” 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.eduDestiny contact: Claire Bury, (919) 843-5915 or firstname.lastname@example.org