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Title: Homegrown Culture 
Note: Entries will be considered for the Patti Burns Prize for Excellence in Communication and Media, but will not be awarded points toward the 2021 – 2022 Fairchild Challenge 

Due Date: Fri., March 25, 2022 by 5 p.m. 

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Your Challenge:

What foods remind you of being with people you love? Does your family eat certain foods for celebrations? What memories come to mind when you think of your family’s favorite dishes? Food is a wonderful part of our heritage - our unique family identity including the traditions of each generation. We all have recipes that are tied to our heritage, and many of our family recipes have special ingredients in them. The basic USA diet only uses about 400 ingredients, but there are approximately 7000 possible food items in the world! Many of our unique family recipes go beyond the usual ingredients, and these ingredients we add to our cooking can have deep personal meaning to us. Think about the fruits, vegetables, and spices that are used often in your family’s food. Whether your family comes from an Indigenous, African, South American, European, Middle Eastern, Asian or other background, your heritage has likely influenced the foods that your family makes and eats. Learning about our food culture and acknowledging the history of our food is important for discovering our own identities!

Your challenge is to create a video about a family recipe or food from your culture or heritage. In the video, please:

  • Discuss the ingredients in this dish; highlight unique ingredients, where they come from and how they are used.
  • Talk about what makes this food special to you, and interview family members about this food’s importance to them, too. Share your memories of eating or making this food with people you love.
  • Be sure to show us what the food looks like when it is ready to eat!

Videos should be between 2 and 4 minutes in length. We suggest uploading your video on YouTube as an unlisted video or uploading it to a Google Drive folder. Share the link with us by copying it and pasting it into a Word Doc. Be sure to include a list of resources you used, including family members you spoke with about your heritage foods.

Entry Requirements:

Deliver to the science education coordinator at Phipps via electronic submission to

  • Challenge Entry Form, include the school name and the participating students’ names.
  • Link to a video between 2 and 4 minutes in length
  • Resources list

School Submits: Challenge Entry Form, Video, resources list


  • Grade Six – Eight

    • 3.4.6.E2 Identify how emerging agricultural technologies have an effect on ecosystem dynamics and human/ animal food resources.
    • 11.2.6.F Compare and contrast how different cultures meet family responsibilities within differing configurations (e.g., new parent, just married, single adult living alone, “empty nest”, retired, senior citizen).
    • 11.3.6.A Demonstrate knowledge of techniques used to evaluate food in various forms (e.g., canned, frozen, dried, irradiated).
    • 11.3.6.B Describe safe food handling techniques (e.g., storage, temperature control, food preparation, conditions that create a safe working environment for food production).
    • 11.3.6.C Analyze factors that effect food choices.
    • 11.3.6.F Analyze basic food preparation techniques and food-handling procedures.
    • 7.2.6-8.A Describe the characteristics of places and regions.
    • 7.3.6-8.A Describe the human characteristics of places and regions using the following criteria: Population, Culture, Settlement, Economic activities, Political activities
    • CC.1.2.6.G Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
    • CC.1.2.6.J Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
    • CC.1.2.6.K Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade-level reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies and tools.
    • CC.1.2.7.G Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g. how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
    • CC.1.2.8.G Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g. print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

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