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NZIFST/CREST Food Innovation Challenge (previously named the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge)

Secondary schools competition for teams developing new food products

The Food Innovation Challenge is run by NZIFST in partnership with CREST (https://royalsociety.org.nz/what-we-do/funds-and-opportunities/crest-awards/ ), the international awards scheme administered by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. It challenges teams of senior secondary school students to develop a consumer food product, following the principles of food product development as used in the food processing industry. The Challenge has been running since 2009.

The Challenge involves collaboration between NZIFST, CREST, the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology , the Department of Food Science at the University of Otago , other tertiary institutes offering degrees in food science and technology, and the food processing industry. It is designed to introduce secondary students to the exciting world of food product development and career options in food science, technology and engineering.

Product development investigations are based on the Team Silver Challenge CREST project framework, and students successfully completing a project receive a Team Silver Challenge CREST Award. CREST projects can be linked to credits for NCEA or other curriculum programmes, and can be entered into regional Science and Technology Fairs and other such competitions.

You can read details about projects students have entered into the NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge, on the Technology Online website, at http://technology.tki.org.nz/Resources/Student-showcases/Food-technology-and-Biotechnology


2016 Technology Scholarship for NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenger: Congratulations to Tajpreet Padda from Woodford House School, who was awarded a 2016 Technology Scholarship. Tajpreet and her teammates Caitlin Maiorana and Catie Nettlingham were participants in the 2016 NZIFST CREST Student Product Development Challenge. https://royalsociety.org.nz/news/2016-technology-scholarship-for-nzifstcrest-student-product-development-challenger/

From CREST to Graduate Programme - From her introduction to the idea of food technology and the application of science in practical and real world situations as part of the 2010 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge, Morgan Christy-Jones has gone on to study towards a Bachelor of Food Technology at Massey University, and was accepted into the Fonterra Technical Graduate Programme, where she is now working towards a Masters of Food Technology: https://royalsociety.org.nz/news/from-crest-to-graduate-programme/



2018 NZIFST / CREST STUDENT PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE NEWS:

 Results of the 2018 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge - Lower North Island and Nelson (pdf)
For the first time ever, we held a judging event in Wellington, to accommodate teams from the Lower North Island and Nelson. The event was hosted by Wellington High School and the Central Branch of NZIFST.
By Jenny Dee.

 Results of the 2018 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge in Auckland and Hamilton (pdf)
Judging of the Auckland and Hamilton Challenge was hosted by the Auckland branch of NZIFST and Diocesan School for Girls on 26 September.
By Jenny Dee.

 Edna Waddell Undergraduate Scholarships for Women in Technology and Engineering (pdf)
Professors Emeriti Dick and Mary Earle made a huge contribution to developing the biotechnology and food technology degrees, respectively, at Massey University in the 1960s.
By Jenny Dee.

Massey University provides professional development for food technology and science teachers, 2018
In April, the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology ran a one day professional development course for food technology and science teachers who are supervising students doing the 2018 NZIFST/CREST Student Product Development Challenge.
By Jenny Dee.





2018 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2017 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2016 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2015 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2014 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2013 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2012 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2011 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2010 Student PD Challenge reports and posters .

2009 Student PD Challenge reports and posters.


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2018 STUDENT PD CHALLENGE POSTERS

Carmel College: Black Magic  

Carmel College: Heart of the Mediterranean  

Carmel College: Power Bites  

Carmel College: The New Yorker  

Carmel College: Waff-Fills  

Diocesan School for Girls: Dilly Dally Doughnuts  

Diocesan School for Girls: Profitery  

Diocesan School for Girls: Syrup Kitchen  

Garin College: Kete Moana  

Garin College: MK Honey  

Nelson Girls: The Herd  

Rototuna Senior High: Feijoa Frenzy  

St Orans: Dressing to Impress  

Te Kura Māori o Nga Tapuwae: Scrump- o-bite  

Waikato Diocesan School for Girls: Symbio Probiotic  

Wellington High School: Reme Reka  

Westlake Boys High: Brawnie  

Woodford House: Saucy Voodles  



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