2017 DStv Eutelsat Star awards contest accepting entries till February 12

Students aged between 14 to 19 years have until February 12, 2018 to submit their essays for the 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition.

Drawing on six years of success across the continent, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards returned for its 7th edition on January 5, 2018. Students from secondary (high) or combined schools are being urged to enter the competition before the deadline elapses next Monday, that is February 12, 2018.

This year, learners are writing a creative essay or designing a poster based on the following topic: “It’s sixty years since the first satellite, Sputnik, was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, beep’ signal. Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind into the 21st Century and acted as a unifier.”

Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the essay winner will be eligible for an all-expense paid and once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Paris, France in the company of Eutelsat, and onwards to French Guiana to see a rocket launch into space. The poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as exploration of several heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa. The schools attended by the two winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are open to all learners from secondary (high) or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or downloaded from the awards’ portal. Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation. For the first time, this year students are also invited to engage with the Awards community through a dedicated Facebook page.

Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible while the overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2018.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is a pan-African collaboration which has created a meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific community. Since the contest was first held in 2011, over 6,000 students have taken part.

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