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How the Cookie Crumbles

High School 

Discovering Food Science: How the Cookie Crumbles

 The goal of this summer camp is to give high school students (Grades 9-12) the opportunity to learn about food science while experiencing authentic, hands-on learning activities. Students will  follow the production and processing chains for grain products throughout the continuum from field to table   learning how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are intertwined to transform raw agricultural commodities into food products that are consumed daily.

Camp fee is $150. Financial scholarships are available! There is a discounted rate for local students who would like to stay at home and commute. 

High School Camp

Open to students entering 9th through 12th grades.


Stay and dine in campus housing.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Experience the new food science facilities on Nebraska Innovation Campus.

June 19 - 21, 2024

Registration closes on June 1st or when camp is full.

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  • Apply scientific methods to explore complex topics in food manufacturing.
  • Learn about research in areas of food for health, safety, quality, processing and beyond.
  • Find out about how work here at UNL could revolutionize the food industry.


  • Evaluate safety of grain using standard methods to detect microbial contamination and antibiotics.
  • Learn to evaluate different formulations for cookies.
  • Use laboratory methods to assess foods based on their potential health impacts.
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  • Experience the state-of-the-art food processing facilities at UNL.
  • Tour the farm and grain processing facility on UNL's East Campus.
  • Learn how to make baked goods and ice cream in the small batch production facilities on the Nebraska Innovation Campus. 

Nebraska Innovation Campus

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Exterior of the entrance to the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus

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.


Gain hands on experience this summer!

Essential Information

Residential camp

Stay and dine in campus housing.

Camp Fee

Camp fee is $150. Financial scholarships are available! There is a discounted rate for local students who would like to stay at home and commute. 

Daily Camp Schedule

Students check-in by 5:30PM  on June 19th and check-out by 4:00PM on June 21st.  

Who's Eligible?

Open to students entering  9th through 12th grades in the fall.


Space is limited to 15 campers.

Supervision and Safety

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

Join us in June!

Are you ready for your summer adventure?

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