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Media Advisory

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July 20, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science bus visits youth empowerment program in Shallotte

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science when the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Destiny traveling science program visits ASPIRE (Assisting Students to become Productive, Independent, Resilient and Empowered), a youth empowerment program in Brunswick County.

Tuesday (July 24)
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
ASPIRE
4450 Main St., Shallotte
Activities will begin inside. Forty elementary students will participate in various science activities, which will include extracting DNA from strawberries and creating inheritance bracelets using beads.

Tuesday (July 24)
2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
ASPIRE
4450 Main St., Shallotte
Activities will move to the Destiny traveling science laboratory parked outside. Ten upper elementary, middle and high school students will perform a lab exercise called “Genes in a Bottle” aboard Destiny, one of Carolina’s two traveling science laboratories. Students will extract DNA from their own cheek cells, and they will each 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 K-12 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 Destiny program’s activities in Brunswick County are federally funded by the Science Education Partnership Award program. The program’s goals are to engage the public in medical research, stimulate interest in science and encourage the next generation of health professionals.

ASPIRE, a Brooks & Associates Youth Services program, was launched in January 2007 to provide the social service, juvenile justice and education systems of Brunswick, Columbus and surrounding counties with an intervention for young people at risk.

Through the program, young people are empowered to help each other learn new value systems and the skills to make appropriate choices. They develop a greater commitment to education and learning, and participate in cultural activities to enrich their social competencies, service learning activities to appreciate their community and recreational programming to lead healthier lifestyles.

 

Destiny Web site: http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/go/destiny

Destiny contact: Claire Ruocchio, (919) 843-5915 or clr@unc.edu
ASPIRE contacts: Tina O’Hagan, (910) 755-2010 or aspire.tina@atmc.net; Sandra Brooks, (910) 755-2010 or aspire@atmc.net

News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan_houston@unc.edu