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The Science of Cookies!

Discovering Food Science

The Science of Cookies!

Cookie Monster had the right idea! Students will learn about the process of making and baking cookies in the Food Innovation Center on the Nebraska Innovation Campus. Come discover all the incredible science behind food production. Students will explore complex topics behind food manufacturing and interact with university faculty conducting research in the areas of food safety, quality, and processing. Science never tasted so good!

Camp is Full - 
Waitlist is Available!

Students entering 9th - 12th Grades may apply any time.

Middle school student  applications will be accepted starting May 21, 2024

Commuter ONLY

Lincoln, Nebraska

July 2, 2024

Registration ends June 18th! 

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  • learn about wheat and flour production
  • find out how different formulations affect cookie taste and quality
  • discover careers in food science



  • experience the chemical reactions that occur in cookies during baking
  • learn about the quality and safety of baked goods
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  • hands-on activities in university  laboratories
  • making new friends
  • tasting cookies!

Nebraska Innovation Campus

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
A camp participant shows her work during the cookie challenge, a competition to determine the best cookie designer.

The Food Innovation Center 

The Food Innovation Center is a 178,000 square foot complex serving private/public partnerships. The center provides world-class facilities for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Food Science and Technology Department and private companies in leased space. It features wet/dry lab research space, food grade/non-food grade pilot plant space, a state-of-the-art distance education classroom and office space. The UNL Department of Food Science and Technology has experts in the areas of food safety, health, and nutrition.

Leading this exciting new camp are Dr. Jayne Stratton and Dr. Andreia Bianchini. Dr. Stratton and Dr. Bianchini have led numerous workshops on all topics related to food safety and microbiology, from Better Processing Control School and Food Microbiology workshops to training middle and high school educators on food science curricula.

Essential Information:  Summer Adventure

Commuter ONLY 

Activity Fee

This one day event is free!

Daily Schedule

Arrive by  8:30AM  and leave around 4:30PM on Tuesday, July 2nd. Lunch and snacks are provided. 

Who's Eligible?

Students entering 9th through 12th grades may apply any time. Middle school student applications will be accepted starting May 21, 2024.


Space is limited to 20 students.

Supervision and Safety

Minimum of 1:10 teacher/counselor to student ratio. Certified faculty/teachers and experienced, trained undergraduates students/counselors.

Explore Food Science!

Join us in June!

Are you ready for your summer adventure?

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