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Apply! DStv Eutelsat Award for African Secondary School Students with Interest in Technology



The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are calling all science and technology fans between 14 and 19 to be inspired 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.”

MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat are convinced by the power of science and technology education to encourage young minds to positively change their world. Now in its 6 th year, their joint initiative, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, inspires innovative thinking among a new African generation. This pan-African collaboration has created a meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Since the start of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition in 2011, over 5,000 students have taken part in this unique competition.

12th February 2018

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.


The overall essay winner will be eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to Paris, France to visit Eutelsat satellite facilities, with the essay winner also traveling 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.

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.
Entries will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, structure, language, creativity, innovation and referencing.
Criteria for Essay:
Language: English, French or Portuguese
Length: 1200 – 1400 words
Must be typed in Arial 12, 1.5 spacing and pages to be numbered or it must be handwritten, but clearly legible
Pages must be numbered
Only hardcopy entries will be accepted.
Entries may include illustrations, graphics, or diagrams
References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)
Criteria for Poster:
Design a creative poster by illustrating an idea on the competition topic. The poster must be accompanied by a creative explanation/summary in the following format:
Summary idea/concept
Explanation of idea
References (all sources consulted during the preparation of the entry)
Language: English, French or Portuguese

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