Simply D’Vine: Using local businesses to create a systemic and integrated approach to STEM education
In collaboration with D’Vine Foods and LuMil Vineyard, Pam Roberts will be immersed in the science of food processing, and explore manufacturing processes for Muscadine Grapes and other local fruits and vegetables taking place at D’Vine Foods in Elizabethtown, North Carolina. The Muscadine Grape has been proven to have numerous health benefits. According to researchers, it is naturally high in antioxidants that help protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. She will learn the entire process of manufacturing a food product for sale and distribution in the United States and will be exposed to the science of product development, registering and filing processes with the FDA, product production, labeling, sales, and distribution of products. Ms. Roberts will also contribute to D’Vine Foods’ efforts to expand their programs in local schools by helping D’Vine Foods interface productively with educators.
West Bladen High School
Bladen County Schools
Alvin Shepherd, D’Vine Foods
National Science Foundation Noyce II Grant