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Media Advisory

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Dec. 11, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science program makes a bus stop in Yanceyville on Thursday

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 makes a second stop at Bartlett Yancey High School this week. The earlier visit occurred Monday (Dec. 10).

Thursday (Dec. 13)
9:47 a.m. to 11:17 a.m.
11:24 a.m. to 12:54 p.m.
Bartlett Yancey High School
466 E. Main St., Yanceyville
Students from one of Sandra Hylton’s honors chemistry classes and one of her academic chemistry classes will perform a lab exercise called “The Crucial Concentration.” Students will assume the role of laboratory investigators for a court case to determine the amount of protein found in three sports drinks. Using the general concept of the Lowry assay and microanalysis skills, students will learn how to use a spectrophotometer, measure absorbencies, collect quantitative data and produce a standard curve to find the protein content in each sample.

The Destiny traveling science learning program is a science education outreach initiative of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC-Chapel Hill that serves 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 one of 14 offered as part of Destiny’s curriculum. All of Destiny’s modules are aligned with the N.C. Standard Course of Study. “The Crucial Concentration” was developed from a Boston University School of Medicine CityLab module.

Thursday’s visit is made possible through support from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program at the National Institutes of Health. SEPA is a current principal funder of UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program, and it has supported the development of the Caswell Destiny partnership through providing professional development for Caswell teachers, learning experiences for Caswell students on board Destiny’s traveling science laboratories and in the classroom, and activities to engage and inform the Caswell community about science education.

Sandra Hylton completed a Destiny teacher workshop to learn how to incorporate “The Crucial Concentration” curriculum module into her classroom, which also made her eligible to request a school visit from one of Destiny’s traveling science laboratories.

Destiny’s other current principal funders are the state of North Carolina and GlaxoSmithKline. Additional support comes from Bio-Rad Laboratories and Medtronic Inc.

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