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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 25, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science buses to visit Triad next week

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny and Discovery, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s traveling science laboratories, when they visit highs schools in Greensboro and Winston-Salem next week.

Thursday (May 31)
7:50 a.m. to 9:48 a.m.
9:54 a.m. to 11:54 a.m.
Northwest Guilford High School
5240 Northwest School Road, Greensboro
Students from two of Janet Wells’ advanced placement chemistry classes will perform a lab exercise called “Biological Bodyguards.” Students will examine the vital role that the body’s immune system takes to fight illness and prevent disease. Assuming the role of medical lab technicians, students will use a simulated viral extract and perform an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to screen hypothetical patients for the presence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Thursday (May 31)
12:22 p.m. to 1:55 p.m.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Parkland High School
1600 Brewer Road, Winston-Salem
Students from one of Tara Cleveland’s anatomy classes and one of her biology classes will perform a lab exercise called “Get a Clue.” 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. 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: Claire Ruocchio (919) 843-5915 or clr@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan_houston@unc.edu