The sixth edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is now open. Organisers of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are calling all science and technology fans between the ages of 14 and 19 years old to enter the competition.
Entries are now open and those entering are required to write a creative essay or design a poster based on the following topic: Take yourself into the future as a scientist, tasked with designing a new-age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans. Tell us what you would call your satellite and describe the different functions and roles that it would play in the Africa of the future.
Prizes for this innovative competition are as big as the dreams of a young, energised African generation ready to shape the evolution of the African continent. Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the overall essay and poster winners will be eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to Paris, France to visit Eutelsat satellite facilities, with the essay winner traveling onwards to see a rocket launch into space.
Runners-up will win a trip to South Africa to explore several sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa. The schools attended by the four overall winners also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.
Open to secondary students with an appetite for technology, the awards are open to all students from secondary (high) or combined schools in Africa, where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.
Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of the high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation. The competition closes on November 7.
Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony next February.