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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Oct. 16, 2007

UNC’s Destiny science bus comes to Robeson County

Media representatives are invited to experience hands-on science aboard Destiny, one of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s two traveling science laboratories, when it visits St. Pauls High School and Purnell Swett High School in Robeson County this week.

Wednesday (Oct. 17)
8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
11:42 a.m. to 1:12 p.m.
St. Paul’s High School
648 N. Old Stage Road, St. Pauls
Students from two of Mary McLean-Smith’s “Science, Health and You” classes will perform “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.

Thursday (Oct. 18)
11:16 a.m. to 12:44 p.m.
Purnell Swett High School
11344 Deep Branch Road, Pembroke
Students from one of Sue Patterson’s classes will also perform “Get a Clue.”

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.

Current principal funders are the State of North Carolina, the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program in the National Center for Research Resources, 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:

Destiny contact: Claire Ruocchio, (919) 843-5915 or
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or