FoodMASTER Middle School

Grades 6-8

The FoodMASTER Middle School curriculum presents sixth through eighth grade students with twelve basic topics in foods. Each topic area has hands-on lessons to take students on an exciting and innovative exploration of food, math, and science. These engaging lessons will help students develop valuable skills and encourage them to think about learning in a new fashion that is fun and exciting for everyone involved.


Lesson topics include:
  • Weights & Mesurement
  • Food Safety
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Meat, Fish & Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Fats
  • Grains
  • Management

The student hands-on Scientific Inquiry pages, or lab data sheets, are designed to be age appropriate and easy for both teachers and students to follow. Each lab activity can be adapted to fit a variety of classroom structures.


The FoodMASTER program for middle school is currently being evaluated in ten 8th grade classrooms in North Carolina. The resource is not currently available to the general public, but Team FoodMASTER hopes to have the resource available for FREE in late 2014. The 2013-2014 Pilot NC Teachers can access the FoodMASTER Middle Science materials by logging in below:

Related Press

ECU Now Blog: (August 31, 2011)
FoodMASTER program receives $1.27 million NIH grant

East Carolina University, College of Human Ecology, Nutrition Science.
FoodMASTER receives $650,000 to support food, math, and science initiatives.

ECU Now Blog: (July 5, 2012)
Food, bugs lead to ECU lessons in math and science

Sponsored by:

Program Team

Principal Investigator:
Melani W. Duffrin, PhD, RD, LDN
Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics East Carolina University

Virginia Carraway-Stage, PhD, RD, LDN
East Carolina University

Program Coordinator:
Ashley Roseno
East Carolina University

Teacher Consultant:
Margaret Wirth