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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 11, 2007

Media invited to Destiny bus stop in Trenton

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 Jones Senior High School in Trenton next week.

Tuesday (May 15)
11:15 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Jones Senior High School
1490 Highway 58 South, Trenton
Students from two of Laura Fleming’s 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.

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 module described above is 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: Karen Kornegay (919) 843-7952 or kck@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­_houston@unc.edu