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Register now for the 2024 CASE Institute Food Science and Safety and become certified in this curriculum to share with middle and high school students! Our hope is you will help foster the next generations of food scientists.

2024 CASE Institute

Bring Food Science to Your Classroom!

If you are a middle or high school teacher interested in bringing food science into your classroom, the CASE Institute Food Science and Safety course is for you! This course is intended for teachers of agricultural and basic science curriculums, such as biology and chemistry. The need for food scientists is great. Introducing students to food science early in life can spark interest and lead to enrollment in a food science major.

Upon completing this workshop, you will be certified to teach the Food Science and Safety course developed by CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education). You will also receive the entire curriculum, complete with lesson plans, lab activities, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, answer keys, assessment rubrics, and more. NC State University is hosting the 2024 course in a hybrid format with five days in-person and two days online.

Applications are now being accepted for summer 2024 scholarships!

Partner with a local food or beverage company for an externship experience.

Collaborate with NC State curriculum development specialists to create lesson plans.

Build a community of practice with other food science teachers and present projects at teaching conferences.

Receive a $2,000 stipend.

Apply for $500 grant to purchase materials to support your classroom.

Interested? Click the Apply button below!

Learning Benefits for Students

The Food Science and Safety course is aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. Certification can provide your students the opportunity to explore the science behind food through the following areas of study:

  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food Quality and Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Processing
  • Product Development

Hybrid Schedule for CASE Institute 2024

This course will be held both in-person and online. Participants will have five days in-person on the NC State University Campus at Schaub Hall, 400 Dan Allen Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606 followed by two days online.

Course Dates:

  • In-person orientation: TBD
  • In-person dates: Monday – Friday, July 22–26, 2024
  • Online orientation: TBD
  • Online dates: Monday – Tuesday, July 29–30, 2024

In-person Course Schedule:

  • Monday, July 22, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Tuesday – Thursday, July 23–25, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
  • There will be a one-hour lunch break each day.
  • Participants will have homework, which can include group projects, to be completed outside of classroom hours.

Online Course Schedule:

  • Monday – Tuesday, July 29 & 30, 8:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Online classes will be held synchronously from 8:00 am–5:00 pm

All days must be attended to receive certification.

Cost: $2,900

  • In-person days: Participants receive lodging and meals at NC State University’s campus. Transportation to and from NC State and parking are not included.
  • Online days: Participants receive all materials needed for hands-on experiments mailed to their homes.

Read “What to Expect” FAQs about CASE Courses.


Are you a teacher in North Carolina? We have full scholarships available! Note: You must attend all days of the class in full to receive the scholarship. Be sure to check your schedule and availability!

Scholarship applications are now open and will close on February 1, 2024. Notification of scholarship receipt will be done by February 16, 2024, via email. Additional instructions regarding registration with CASE will follow. Submit your scholarship application now:


Not from NC? You are still welcome to attend the NC State CASE Food Science and Safety Course! Use the registration link below.


CASE Course Registration Dates:

  • Registration for the course with CASE opens on January 5, 2024.
  • Early bird registration (a $200 savings!) ends February 28, 2024.
  • Registration closes on April 1, 2024. Act now to ensure your spot!


Connecting Food Scientists
with the Classroom

Three regional events will be held to allow high school students and their teachers to ask questions of one or more food scientists actively working in the field. The events will be at food/beverage companies located in the western, Piedmont, and coastal areas of North Carolina. When possible, a plant tour will be arranged.

The events will highlight the food manufacturing facilities in the geographical area surrounding students, thereby allowing students to explore opportunities in food science careers.
Building relationships between teachers and food industry representatives will facilitate internship opportunities for high school students interested in food science as a career. The regional events will be utilized to build anticipation for the final event, the Food Science Co-operative, to be held at NC State.

Questions will be solicited from teachers and students prior to the event in addition to any that come up during the event. This will allow the guest to prepare answers. This event offers the flexibility of having conversations in a virtual environment if needed.

Interested in hosting a virtual conversation with a food scientist in your classroom?

Food Science Invitational

NC State is hosting an Invitational event for the “Taste of Food Science” program. Dates and Times to be announced for 2023, check back here soon to find out more!

Are you interested in pursuing food science as a career? NC State has an undergraduate program for you! Our Food Science degree program entails a Bachelor of Science and prepares you for an exciting career in the food industry! Choose from a wide array of food careers such as

Flavor chemistry

Food packaging/ processing

Food safety 

Product development 

Food product development

Government regulation

Quality assurance

Food microbiology

Food regulation/ compliance 

Pharmaceutical/ fermentation

Sensory science
Examples of Food Science careers.

A tour of Schaub Hall will show you what a day in the life of a food science student looks like: see our research laboratories, tour the Howling Cow dairy facility (and taste some of NC State’s very own ice cream!), meet our professors and speak with industry leaders about all that a Food Science Degree can prepare you for. Learn about NC State’s Food Science Club. Take part in a virtual tour of our Kannapolis (Innovation Lab) and Morehead City (Seafood processing) food facility.

We will also map out the steps you need to take in order to apply to this program

We have spots for 35 students to take part in this invitational, sign up will be announced soon!

Regional Food Science Meet Ups

Exclusive opportunity for the first 15 students that sign up!

Both events will feature a factory tour, networking with food scientists who work in the region, info sessions about food science careers, networking with NC State food science club members, as well as info session about the food science degree at NC State.

First option for Meet Up:

Acme Seafood

April 14, 2023 – Wilmington, NC

10-3 pm, lunch provided.

Second option for Meet Up:

TK Family Farm

April 28, 2023 – Rutherfordton, NC

10-3 pm, lunch provided.

Wolfing Down Food Science Podcast

Ever wonder about how your food makes it from the farm to your table? There is a lot of food science along the way. Not a culinary or nutrition podcast, Wolfing Down Food Science is all about the chemistry, microbiology and engineering of food.

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