Annual DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards Gearing On

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If you’ve always dreamt of seeing a rocket launch, here’s a chance to make that dream come true! The 2014 edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is still on.

Students are encouraged to write an essay or design a poster on the topic ‘Imagine you are a satellite, orbiting high above your own country or even above your own home or school’.

By Phinias Shonayi

According to Liz Dziva, Publicity and Public Relations Manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe, the competition is aimed at students aged between 14 and 19, who enter by writing an essay or designing a poster.

The given topic is: ‘Imagine you are a satellite, orbiting high above your own country or even above your own home or school’
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According to the press release, the youngsters are supposed to address the following questions:
What would you see?
What would you like to tell the people below about what you see from up there?
What would you like people to know?
What would you like them to think about?
If you could send them a message or an image, what would you like to say or show?

The closing date for entries in the 2014 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition is approaching and Zimbabwean students are being reminded to take part and stand a chance of winning great prizes.

“The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards result from an ongoing partnership between MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat, established in 1999,” she said.

“This pan-African collaboration has over the years created meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Since its inception, the competition has attracted more than 3 000 entries from across the continent and has helped stimulate a passion for science among the younger generation.”

Entry forms can be obtained from MultiChoice Zimbabwe offices in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare and copies can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com.

Entries may be prepared in English, French and Portuguese and the competition deadline is October 27. All entries must be submitted on the prescribed entry form.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition has national and international adjudication. The first assessment of entries is at country level, with a panel of local judges selecting country winners and runners-up who go through a round of preliminary judging leading to selection of the final continental winners. A regional panel selects the top four entries.

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Last year, the panel was chaired by the inspirational European Space Agency Astronaut, Paolo Nespoli, assisted by a panel of industry experts who were impressed by the standard of the competition.

Country winners receive prizes and go on to compete against each other for the overall continental awards. The overall international essay and poster winners become eligible for a trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner travelling to Paris 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.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Zambia in February.

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