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DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2012: Essay/ Poster Competition (win a trip to France | South Africa/ Africa-wide)

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2012: Essay/ Poster Competition (win a trip to France | South Africa/ Africa-wide)
Post date: 31 July 2012

Deadline: 8 October 2012

If you can dream it you can you win it. Enter the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2012 by creating an award winning essay or poster about satellite technology and its potential to propel Africa into the future and you can win big! Besides awesome prizes up for grabs in the country awards, overall winners will be rewarded with the trip of a lifetime:
  • For the overall winning essay – a trip with his/her parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris, France and onwards to a spaceport to attend a live rocket launch.
  • For the overall winning poster – a trip with his/her parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in Paris and a satellite construction site.
  • For the runner up poster and essay entries a trip with their parent/legal guardian to visit MultiChoice in Johannesburg and the South African National Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek.

SATELLITES – EXPANDING AFRICA’S HORIZONS INTO THE FUTURE: Through the amazing power and capabilities of satellites, the ability of scientists to make sense of our world and shape the future of human kind has increased in leaps and bounds. To explain a little: satellites have changed our perception of the Earth, helping us to realise that it is small, fragile and possibly unique world in the immensity of space, and as such it must be preserved. Satellites help us to learn more about our planet and to improve how we use its limited resources. They also revolutionize the way we travel and communicate.

THE STAR AWARDS AIM TO:
  • Showcase innovative ideas on the application of satellite technology in Africa
  • Create awarness of satellite technology and its applications among African students
  • Stimulate interest in science and technology among young people in schools across Africa

THE PRIZES
  • Winning posters and essays from each country will compete for the overall prizes:
  • Best overall essay: A trip for two to Eutelsat in Paris and onwards to a rocket launch.
  • Best overall poster: A trip for two to Eutelsat in Paris and a satellite construction facilities.
  • Runner up overall poster: A trip for two to MultiChoice and the South African National Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.
  • Runner essay award: A trip for two to MultiChoice and the South African National Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.

The schools attended by the four overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

THE CLOSING DATE: Entries must reach us on or before close of business on 08 October 2012. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED.

TOPIC: Focusing on the application and uses of satellites in earth observation, navigation or communication, write an essay or design a poster depicting the value and potential of satellites to propel Africa into the future. Students are encouraged to consult with their science or technology teachers to increase the quality of their entries. Essays and posters can be in English, Portuguese or French.

Essay requirements
  • 1200 to 1400 words (excluding bibliography)
  • Typed in Arial 12, 1.5 spacing or must be hand written, but clearly legible
  • Pages to be numbered
  • Only hard copy entries will be accepted
  • Entries may include illustrations, graphics or diagrams
  • References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)

Poster requirements
  • No bigger than A3 (42 x 29.7cm)
  • Only hard copy entries will be accepted

All poster entries must be accompanied by a typed or legible hand written summary containing the following headings:
  • Title
  • Summary of idea/concept
  • References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)

JUDGING CRITERIA

Our panel of judges are looking for innovative thinking and ideas. They will be looking at the following criteria:

Essays
  • Component Weighting
  • Accuracy of information/knowledge of subject matter (30)
  • Creativity of presentation/innovative ideas (25)
  • Structure of essay (20)
  • Language (15)
  • Bibliography/Referencing (10)

Posters
  • Component Weighting
  • Accuracy of information/knowledge of subject matter (30)
  • Creativity of presentation/innovative ideas (20)
  • Overall layout of poster (15)
  • Graphic or illustrative style (25)
  • Bibliography/Referencing (10)

THE CATEGORIES AND PRIZES

The winning essay and poster from each country will compete in the final judging for the overall awards. Check with your MultiChoice country offices for country prize details.The overall winning entries will be awarded prizes as follows:
  • Overall Essay Award A trip for two to Eutelsat in Paris and onwards to a rocket launch.
  • Overall Poster Award A trip for two to Eutelsat in Paris and satellite construction site.
  • Overall Essay School Award A DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.
  • Overall Poster School Award A DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.
  • Runner up Overall Essay Award A trip for two to the MultiChoice offices and the South African Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.
  • Runner up Overall Poster Award A trip for two to the MultiChoice offices and the South African Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.
  • Runner up Essay School Award A DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.
  • Runner up Poster School Award A DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

HOW TO ENTER

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: For an entry form – which will tell you everything you need to know – visit your nearest MultiChoice Office or download it from this website. South African entrants can collect a copy from MultiChoice Africa, 141 Bram Fischer Drive in Randburg, Johannesburg.

TOPIC: Through the amazing power and capabilities of satellites, the ability of scientists to make sense of our world and shape the future of human kind has increased in leaps and bounds. To explain a little: satellites have changed our perception of the Earth, helping us to realise that it is a small, fragile and possibly unique world in the immensity of space, and as such it must be preserved. Satellites help us to learn more about our planet and to improve how we use its limited resources. They also revolutionise the way we travel and communicate. Focusing on the application and uses of satellites in Earth observation, navigation or communication, write an essay or design a poster depicting the value and potential of satellites to propel Africa into the future.”

ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY: The Awards are open to students between 14 and 19 years of age in secondary, high or combined schools anywhere in Africa where MultiChoice operates. Entries can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese.

SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

Entries must be:

Deposited: in the entry box at MultiChoice Africa country or regional offices (African countries) OR for South Africa at the MultiChoice Africa Building,141 Bram Fischer Drive in Ranburg, Johannesburg (South Africa only).

Posted: to MultiChoice offices listed on the entry form. For South African entries, post to MultiChoice Africa, Corporate Affairs, 141 Bram Fischer Drive, Randburg, Attention: Nada Mxube

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and in the case of posters an entry form and creative summary.

Download: entry form

CONTACT INFORMATION:

For queries: email your question to: dstvstarawards@multichoice.co.za or phone your nearest MultiChoice Office (in the case of South Africa, please contact Mahlatse Sithole on 011 781 9950)

For submissions: entries must be deposited in the entry box at MultiChoice Africa country or regional offices (African countries) OR for South Africa at the MultiChoice Africa Building,141 Bram Fischer Drive in Ranburg, Johannesburg (South Africa only)

Website: http://dstvstarawards.com/
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