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Africa Satellite Competition for Students

Putting our heads together to find the brightest stars in Africa.

MultiChoice Africa, Eutelsat and Mindset created the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards an Africa satellite competition for students to stimulate interest and passion for satellite technology in young people across Africa. to reward the brightest thinking in Africa's schools with the most amazing prizes.

Students are required to be innovative about its possible uses and, importantly, how they would use satellite technology to develop and improve Africa. Finalists from individual countries across Africa will compete for the overall prizes. Winners who will the brightest thinking in Africa's schools will be rewarded with the most amazing prizes.

A trip for the winning student and his/her parent/legal guardian to a spaceport to attend a live rocket launch , including a visit to Eutelsat in Paris, France
For the runner-up â€" a trip to Eutelsat in Paris.
The two merit awards winners will visit MultiChoice and Mindset in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Satellite technology is amazing in the way it changes lives. It is what makes TV, live sporting events, banking, education, weather forecasts and long-distance medical diagnosis possible.

Topics and Categories

Students will be required to design a poster or write an essay on how satellites could improve Africa's development or the development of their country/community.

Essay requirements
1200 to 1400 words
Typed in Arial 12, 1.5 spacing
Pages to be numbered
Only printed entries will be accepted
Entries may include illustrations, graphics or diagrams

Poster requirements
No bigger than A3 (42 x 29.7cm)
No electronic poster formats will be accepted

All poster entries must be accompanied by a typed summary with the following information:

Summary of idea/concept
Problem statement (what area is being addressed through the proposed solution)
Description of solution (how the problem is addressed)
References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)

The competition is open to students between 14 and 19 years of age in secondary, high or combined schools anywhere in Africa where MultiChoice operates.

Essays and posters can be in English, Portuguese or French. Students are encouraged to consult with their science or technology teachers to increase the quality of their entries.

The panel of judges will assess and choose winners based on originality - innovative thinking and good ideas.

The Categories and Prizes

The top essay and poster from each country will be selected as country winners and will compete in the final judging in Johannesburg, South Africa for the overall awards. Check with your MultiChoice country office for country prize details.

Application Process

For an entry form which will tell you everything you need to know â€" visit your nearest MultiChoice Office.
For South African students visit the Mindset Learn offices in Johannesburg or download it from this website.

Entries must be:

- In the entry box at MultiChoice Africa country or regional offices (excluding South Africa) OR
- For South African entries at the Mindset Learn offices in Johannesburg

- To MultiChoice offices listed on the entry form
- For South African entries:
MultiChoice Africa, Corporate Affairs, 141 Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale, Randburg.
Attention: Anda Ngani

All entries must be accompanied by an original entry form.

The closing date: 26 August 2011


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