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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 29, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science bus to visit Winston-Salem this week

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s traveling science laboratories when it visits Parkland High School in Winston-Salem this week. A previously scheduled trip to Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, announced in an earlier advisory, was canceled.

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 module described above is 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.eduDestiny contact: Claire Ruocchio (919) 843-5915 or clr@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan_houston@unc.edu