Virtual summer camp explores food science and careers

April 7, 2021 | Written by Megan Gould


OLATHE — This summer, Kansas State University’s Olathe campus is offering a virtual summer camp for middle schoolers interested in the science of cooking — and the fun of eating their creations.

“K-State Olathe is excited to offer a STEM-based summer camp to middle schoolers this summer,” said Laura Loyacono, director of community and education engagement. “This virtual offering engages junior scientists as we explore the world of baking in a fun and educational way.”

The Fun with Food Science: Baking camp is 9 a.m. to noon on July 12-15. This camp is for students entering sixth grade up to students exiting eighth grade. In conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri, K-State Olathe is offering this camp to Scouts earning their cooking badge. More details will be available through the Girl Scouts website at

Through videos, discussions and hands-on, interactive demonstrations with K-State Olathe food professionals and guest artisan bakers, participants will learn the secrets of the chemistry behind their favorite foods, including the process of making sourdough bread from creating a “starter” to baking a soft, yet crusty loaf.

Campers will learn about innovations in specialty diets, food trends, culinary careers and the essentials of food safety, while trying their hand at making their own cookies, pizza and bread. The participants will end their week of learning in a grand “show-and-tell” day as they present their creations to the class.

This camp follows the success of last year’s first virtual summer camp. With a total of 60 participants, these campers explored cheese and ice cream making and even went on virtual field trips.

For more about the Fun with Food Science summer camp, visit