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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Jan. 8, 2007

Eastern Guilford High School students to get hands-on lesson
aboard UNC's Destiny traveling science learning program

Media representatives are invited experience hands-on science learning aboard Destiny, one of the traveling science laboratories from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Destiny science learning program, when it visits Eastern Guilford High School students at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro this week.

Wednesday (Jan. 10)
12:01 p.m. to 1:24 p.m.
Eastern Guilford High School at Guilford Technical Community College
3505 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro

During the visit, students from one of Caroline Kinlaw's advanced placement biology classes will perform a lab exercise called "BioBusiness." Students will discover how businesses use recombinant DNA technology to tailor products to meet customers' needs. Using genetic engineering techniques, students will explore the mechanisms of gene expression and gene selection.

Thursday (Jan. 11)
12:01 p.m. to 1:24 p.m.
Eastern Guilford High School at Guilford Technical Community College
3505 E. Wendover Ave., Greensboro

"Case of the Crown Jewels" will be the lab exercise students from one of Caroline Kinlaw's advance placement biology classes perform during the visit. Students will assume the role of forensic scientists and perform DNA restriction analysis (popularly known as DNA fingerprinting) to analyze drops of simulated blood and other kinds of evidence found at crime scenes as they determine which suspects are guilty or innocent.

Note: The bus will be parked in Lot A behind the Continuing Education Center building at Guilford Technical Community College, Greensboro campus.

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.

For more information, go to http://www.destiny.unc.edu

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