The NZIFST CREST Food Innovation Challenge (previously named the NZIFST CREST Student Product Development Challenge) is a 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/crest-challenges/nzifst-crest-challenge/ ), 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
2018 NZIFST CREST Food Innovation Challenge - results and posters