Food Science in Action

The 2015 contest is now closed. The 2016 contest theme will be announced soon!

Food Science In Action

The Journal of Food Science Education (JFSE) aims to develop a rich video library of foundational food science resources for K-12 STEM educators.
Studies show that children who learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields early in school tend to pursue these fields as their profession. Video can be a great teaching tool in today’s classroom, enhancing an educator’s repertoire by engaging students visually to show them how food science and technology work.

We Need Your Help—Create and Submit a Video!
Are you interested in contributing to the future of the field of food science by providing students with unique, engaging learning experiences? We need your help! Food science professionals, academics, and students are on the front lines of food science today. We want you to demonstrate to K-12 students how food science processes work!

2015 contest winners

Educator category: Clint Stevenson and Caitlin Alberts, N.C. State University Department of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences, for their video, Howling Cow Ice Cream

Student category: Ben Averill and Nick Reitz, University of Illinois, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, for their video, Supercooling

View the 2014 winners below!


About the Competition

Theme: How It's Made--Bringing Food Processing into the Classroom
Educators have limited ability to take students on field trips to food processing plants to show students a variety of real-world processing equipment, systems, and quality assurance. In a 1 to 5 minute video, demonstrate a food process, processing equipment, or common practice to show students real examples of Food Science in Action. Videos can include large or small scale (e.g., pilot plants, kitchens) examples of food processing; and may be live action, animation, or a combination.

AiJournal of Food Science Educationm your video to the education level of one of these 3 audience categories:
-Elementary School (K-5)
-Middle School (6-8)
-High School & Beyond (9-12, Higher Education)
Videos will be tagged on YouTube by the grade level they aim to reach.

Entrant Categories
Entrants will compete against others within their category:
-Industry/Government Professionals

Submit Your Video
Check out our submission guidelines, criteria, and tips for creating a video below. If you need additional assistance, contact Angie Myers at

Submissions must be received by Monday, March 16th, 2015.
When uploading your video file, include in your message the grade-level category to which your video is targeted: Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8), or High School & Beyond (9-12, Higher Education). Also note whether you are a student, academic, or industry/government professional.

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Criteria for Submissions

Videos should be 1&ndash5 minutes in length and demonstrate a food science process, processing equipment, or common practice in food science.

Creativity: Video submissions should use creative and original approaches to convey the message.

Tone: Video submissions should be creative, fun, entertaining, and portray food science in a positive manner.

Production Quality: 1) Audio quality &ndash dialogue should be easy to understand. 2) Visual quality &ndash visual effects should enhance the message. 3) Editing should be smooth and coherent.

Accuracy: Video content must be scientifically accurate.

Other criteria:

  • Both individual member and team submissions are permitted. Team videos should be submitted only once, and by one member of the team. There is no limit on the number of submissions per team or individual.
  • Entries may not include unsuitable content; obscenity; disparagement; defamation; pornography; harassment; racial, ethnic, or sexual slurs; other offensive conduct or material, or otherwise include inappropriate or unlawful content, at IFT's discretion.
  • By participating in the competition, you fully and unconditionally agree to and accept these rules and the decisions of IFT, which are final and binding in all matters related to the competition. Whether or not you receive a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth in these rules. The competition is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and is void where prohibited by law. Videos will not be judged if any of the above eligibility criteria are not met.

Judging and Prizes

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of JFSE Editors for scientific accuracy and basic quality standards. Accepted videos will be posted to IFT&rsquos YouTube channel.

A panel of five (5) judges, comprised of JFSE Editorial Board members and communications professionals will review and choose the top video from each of the three (3) entrant categories based on the criteria above. The top three (3) videos will be highlighted, and the winner will be announced on Monday, May 4th, 2015.

Winners for each of the three categories (student, educator, and professional) will receive recognition at IFT15, a commemorative plaque, one complimentary Annual Meeting registration, and one 1-year membership to IFT.


You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless IFT and its employees, directors, and agents as to any claims relating to the submission or use of the submission of the videos submitted.

IFT and its employees, officers, directors, agents, contractors, representatives, affiliates, divisions, sections, and/or advertising/promotion agencies (the &ldquoReleased Parties&rdquo) shall not assume any responsibility whatsoever for any of the following: delayed, failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions; technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, internet, or other connections; the availability, accessibility, technical failure or miscommunications of computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions; the incorrect or inaccurate capture or failure to capture information whether caused by YouTube or YouTube users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the competition; errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network or otherwise arising out of or relating to the competition; theft, loss, destruction or damage to an Entry in whole or in part; and other factors beyond their reasonable control. The Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to your or to any other person&rsquos computer related to or resulting from participating in the competition.

Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and IFT in connection with the competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Illinois, or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Illinois. The venue for any dispute arising under these Rules shall be the state or federal courts located in Chicago, Illinois.

All videos submitted shall remain your property, but by entering the contest, you grant the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) irrevocable and perpetual royalty-free consent to reproduce, distribute, adapt, modify, or use your submission for promotional purposes. By submitting a video, you consent to allow IFT to use all or part of your submission in any form and media, including, but not limited to, the IFT website, YouTube, electronic media, audio and/or video, and waive any right to approve such distribution. By entering this contest, you and any other people featured in the video agree to all terms listed above and that your video may be used at the discretion of IFT.