Announcing the DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards for Young Scientists; Show Your Understanding of Innovative Technology

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is a joint effort between Eutelsat and Multichoice Africa which is aimed at stimulating interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent.

The 2013 edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards have been announced on the official competition website. The Awards are open to students between 14 and 19 years of age in secondary, high or combined schools anywhere in Africa where MultiChoice operates.

This year’s edition requires all eligible participants to write an essay or design a poster about how satellite technology shapes their world.

There are various prizes for individual country winners while overall winners will be up for amazing trips.

The overall essay winner will win a trip with their parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris, France followed by a visit to a spaceport to attend a live rocket launch.

The overall poster winner will win a trip with their parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris followed by a visit to a satellite construction site.

The runners up of the poster and essay entries will win a trip with their parent/legal guardian to visit MultiChoice in Johannesburg followed by a visit of the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek.

The Aim of the Awards

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, which are a product of a partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa, aim to stimulate interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent.

The Star Awards aim to showcase innovative ideas on the application of satellite technology in Africa as well as to create awareness of satellite technology and its applications among African students. The award also aims to stimulate interest in science and technology among young people in schools across Africa.

Topic
Imagine you were allowed to use all the satellites in space. What would you do with them to benefit your community, your country or your continent? write an essay or design a poster elaborating on three priorities. Students are encouraged to consult with their science or technology teacher to increase the quality of their entries. Essays and posters can be written in English, Portuguese or French

Essay requirements
1200 to 1400 words (excluding bibliography).
Typed in Arial 12, 1.5 spacing or must be hand written, but clearly legible.
Pages to be numbered
Only hard copy entries will be accepted
Entries may include illustrations, graphics or diagrams
References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)

Poster requirements
No bigger than A3 (42 x 29.7cm)
Only hard copy entries will be accepted

All poster entries must be accompanied by a typed or legible hand written summary containing the following headings:
•Title
•Summary of idea/concept
•References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)

The Prizes
Winning posters and essays from each country will compete for the overall prizes:

Best overall essay:
A trip for two to Eutelsat in Paris and onwards to a rocket launch.

Best overall poster:
A trip for two to Eutelsat in Paris and a satellite construction facilities.

Runner up overall poster:
A trip for two to MultiChoice and the South African National Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.

Runner essay award:
A trip for two to MultiChoice and the South African National Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.

The schools attended by the four overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

The closing date
Entries close on the 19 September 2013 and no late entries will be considered.

For more information on the competition and its rules visit the DSTV Star Awards website

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