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Sept. 14, 2007
UNC Media Advisory
For immediate use: Friday, Sept. 14, 2007
Media invited to see UNC’s Destiny traveling science learning program in Mebane
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 Eastern Alamance High School next week.
Thursday (September 20)
10:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1:40 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Eastern Alamance High School
4040 Mebane Rogers Road, Mebane
Students from two of Shelley Casey’s 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.
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 module described above is among 14 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.
Destiny Web site: http://www.moreheadplanetarium.org/go/destiny
Destiny contact: Claire Ruocchio, (919) 843-5915 or firstname.lastname@example.org
News Services contact: Becky Oskin, (919) 962-8596 or email@example.com