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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 20, 2007

Leland, Shallotte and Southport 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 three Brunswick County high schools next week.

Tuesday (April 24)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
11:41 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
North Brunswick High School
114 Scorpion Drive, Leland
Students from one of Justin Rondash’s honors chemistry classes and one of Travis Lemanski’s 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 (April 25)
9:36 a.m. to 11:06 a.m.
11:12 a.m. to 12:42 p.m.
West Brunswick High School
550 Whiteville Road NW, Shallotte
Students from two of Lisa Jones’ honors 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.

Thursday (April 26)
9:36 a.m. to 11:06 a.m.
South Brunswick High School
280 Cougar Drive, Southport
Students from one of Kathryn Smith’s 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.

Note: the following classes will take place inside South Brunswick High School, not on the Destiny bus

Thursday (April 26)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:36 a.m. to 11:06 a.m.
11:11 a.m. to 1:14 p.m.
1:20 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
South Brunswick High School
280 Cougar Drive, Southport
Room 503
Students from three of Melissa McGougan’s classes and one of Jessica Ricketts classes will perform a lab exercise called “Case of the Crown Jewels,” described above.

Thursday (April 26)
9:36 a.m. to 11:06 a.m.
11:11 a.m. to 1:14 p.m.
South Brunswick High School
280 Cougar Drive, Southport
Room 504
Students from Steve Clark’s, Kelly Murray’s and Kathryn Smith’s classes will perform “Case of the Crown Jewels,” described above.

Thursday (April 26)
9:36 a.m. to 11:06 a.m.
South Brunswick High School
280 Cougar Drive, Southport
Room 513
Students from one of Cynthia Graves’ chemistry classes will perform a lab exercise called “The Crucial Concentration,” 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 “Case of the Crown Jewels” 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 Destiny program’s activities for Brunswick County schools are federally funded by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program. SEPA’s goals are to engage the public in medical research, stimulate interest in science, and encourage the next generation of health professionals.

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.

Note: Reporters will need to register at the school offices to gain access to bus and/or classroom lab exercises.

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