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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 18, 2007

Media invited to Destiny bus stops in Franklinton, Durham

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 Franklinton High School, Jordan High School and Hillside High School next week.

Tuesday (May 22)
7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
9:20 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
Franklinton High School
3 N. Main St., Franklinton
Students from two of Pat Perry’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.

Wednesday (May 23)
11:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.
1 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Charles E. Jordan High School
6806 Garrett Road, Durham
Students from two of Tammy Chance’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.

Thursday (May 24)
9:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Hillside High School
3727 Fayetteville St., Durham
Students from two of Carolyn Snipes’ physical science 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.

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. “Mystery of the Crooked Cell,” “Case of the Crown Jewels” and “The Crucial Concentration” 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: 

Destiny contact: Karen Kornegay (919) 843-7952 or
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan­