DStv Eutelsat Star Awards poster

DStv and Eutelsat are calling on all learners between the age of 14 and 19 to submit their entries for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2015.

DStv and Eutelsat are calling on all learners between the age of 14 and 19 to submit their entries for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2015. This year participants will be expected to write an essay or design a poster on how satellites have helped understand and take care of our planet. The aim of the awards is to instigate innovative thinking amongst secondary school students; to create awareness of how science and technology can be applied to everyday life; and to show the many ways that satellites impact development on the African continent.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is part of the ongoing partnership between MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat since 1999 that has over the years created meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Africa faces a huge shortage of relevant skills in science and technology and the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is inspiring young people across the continent to become excited, involved and exposed to science and technology concepts and satellite technology in particular.

Since its inception, the competition has drawn over 3 000 entries across the continent. In 2012, Kenyan student Eva Chemwgorem won the Best Poster Award for her work titled Africa united through satellites. Eva also got a chance to visit Eutelsat’s Paris headquarters to get a closer insight on satellite technology.

The first assessment of entries will be done in Kenya with a panel of local judges selecting country winners and runners-up who go through a round of preliminary judging which culminates in the selection of the final winners. A regional panel selects the Top 4 entries.

Kenyan winners will receive exciting prizes from MultiChoice and go on to compete against each other for the overall continental awards. The overall essay and poster winners are eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner traveling onwards to witness a live rocket launch. 

Runners up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa. Schools attended by the overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

Students can obtain entry forms from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.   

Entries may be done in English, French and Portuguese. The competition closes on 5 November 2015. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2016.