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The Science of Ice Cream!

Discovering Food Science

The Science of Ice Cream!

Students will learn about ice cream production through hands-on activities in the Food Innovation Center on the Nebraska Innovation Campus. This camp is great for students interested in chemistry, microbiology, and/or emulsification. Come discover all the incredible science behind food production. Science never tasted so good!

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Students entering 9th - 12th Grades

High school students may apply at any time. Middle school students may apply after June 28th, 2024.

Commuter ONLY

Lincoln, Nebraska

July 30, 2024

Register by July 15th!

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  • learn about dairy production
  • find out how different formulations affect the taste and quality of ice cream


  • experience the chemistry and reactions that occur as ice cream is made
  • learn about the quality and safety of dairy products
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  • hands-on activities in university  laboratories
  • making new friends
  • taste ice cream!

Nebraska Innovation Campus

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Four campers take time to draw the production chain for dairy products on a long sheet of paper.

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 30th. Lunch and snacks are provided. 

Who's Eligible?

Open to students entering 9th through 12th grades. Middle school students may apply after June 18th.


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.

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Are you ready for your summer adventure?

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