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Media Advisory

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May 17, 2007

Students from mentoring program get hands-on lesson aboard UNC’s Destiny bus

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, this week during a special visit from the Women and Mathematics Mentoring Program.

Saturday (May 19)
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

A group of 8th-grade female students and their mentors will perform “Genes in a Bottle,” where they will extract DNA from their own cheek cells. Each student will leave with a necklace containing their own cheek cell DNA.

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. “Genes in a Bottle” 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 Women and Mathematics Mentoring Program was created to inspire and encourage all students, especially young women, to continue their study of mathematics, and to learn about careers in which mathematics plays a role. The program links local female professionals from mathematics-related fields with a group of two to three 8th-grade girls.

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

Destiny contact: Karen Kornegay, (919) 843-7952 or kck@unc.edu
Women and Mathematics Mentoring Program contact: Leila Goodwin, (919) 462-3846 or leila.goodwin@townofcary.org
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan_houston@unc.edu