The Michigan Family Nutrition Program (FNP) helps Michigan adults with low income acquire the knowledge, skills and confidence to feed their families nutritious, cost-conscious meals. Education traditionally includes presentation, discussion, hands-on activities and written materials. Instructors report that they are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain young adults with busy schedules using these traditional education techniques. The Fantastic Food Challenge was designed to address this concern.
The Fantastic Food Challenge is a compact disc (CD-ROM) with a set of educational, digital games. The games are designed to motivate young adults to learn about nutrition, food safety, food preparation and comparing food prices. Each of the four games in The Fantastic Food Challenge is based on a set of educational objectives:
The Fantastic Food Challenge was developed through a partnership between the Communication Technology Lab (now GEL Lab) and MSU Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences Program with partial funding from a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Michigan Family Nutrition program throughout Michigan is currently using the game to motivate and educate its clients.
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2004 Interactive Multimedia Best of Competition, BEA Festival of Media Arts Award for Fantastic Food Challenge (14.3% acceptance rate)