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Media Advisory

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July 13, 2007

Media invited to join Destiny science bus, teachers at N.C. Zoo

Media representatives are invited to attend a special teacher professional development workshop at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro presented by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Destiny traveling science learning program. The workshop focuses on how humans impact the environment.

Tuesday (July 17)
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro
W. David Stedman Education Center, North America entrance
The workshop will begin in the Stedman Center. Twenty high school teachers from 12 counties in North Carolina will receive training in “The State We’re In: Science, Citizenship and the Effect of Environmental Toxins in North Carolina,” a curriculum module developed by the Destiny program and aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Teachers will use the workshop to increase student understanding of environmental toxins and show how scientific data can be used to create environmental legislation.

Tuesday (July 17)
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
North Carolina Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro
Marsh exhibit, North America
The group will move on to the Marsh exhibit to perform water quality tests.

During the day, visitors to the zoo will be able to board one of Destiny’s traveling science laboratories and perform hands-on science. It will be parked in front of the W. David Stedman Education Center.

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. “The State We’re In” was developed with support from the Science Education Partnership Award Program.

The teacher workshop described above is among eight offered this summer by the Destiny traveling science learning program. Workshops are being held at locations across the state, including UNC-Pembroke, Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville.

The North Carolina Zoo is the nation’s largest walk-through natural habitat zoo. Its African and North American exhibit regions span more than 500 acres, with more than five miles of walkways.

One of the zoo’s primary missions is to make visitors aware of the connections between humans and the world’s animals, plants and natural resources.

Destiny Web site: http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/go/destiny
N.C. Zoo Web site: http://www.nczoo.org

 Destiny contact: Claire Ruocchio, (919) 843-5915 or clr@unc.edu
N.C. Zoo contact: Tom Gillespie, Tom.Gillespie@nczoo.org   
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan_houston@unc.edu