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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Sept. 21, 2007

Media invited to see UNC’s Destiny science bus in Bakersville and Newland

CHAPEL HILL – Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Discovery, one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s two traveling science laboratories, when it visits Mitchell High School and Avery County High School next week.

Tuesday (Sept. 25)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
9:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Mitchell High School
416 Ledger School Road, Bakersville

Students from one of Jennifer Foxx’s biology classes and one of her honors 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.


Wednesday (Sept. 26)
8:10 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.
9:55 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Avery County High School
401 High School Road, Newland

Students from two of Kay Campany’s classes will perform “Case of the Crown Jewels,” an earlier version of the module described above. 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 14 offered as part of Destiny’s curriculum. “Case of the Crown Jewels” is developed from a Boston University School of Medicine CityLab module. 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.moreheadplanetarium.org/go/destiny

Destiny contact: Claire Ruocchio, (919) 843-5915 or clr@unc.edu
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or becky_oskin@unc.edu