The deadline is nearing for entries in the eighth annual DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition, in which young people are called on to enter the essay and poster design categories as part of a thrust to promote interest in science in general and satellite technology in particular among students in high school.
MultiChoice Zimbabwe publicity and public relations manager Liz Dziva said the deadline for entries was October 12, and she called on students – especially those with a particular interest in sciences – to take part, adding that entry was open to all high school students across the country.
“Zimbabwe has done well in the international level of the competition since it was introduced in 2011 and we hope to see winners or runners-up from the 2018 event again,” she said.
“We invite high school students from across Zimbabwe to be part of this exciting journey by writing a creative essay or designing a poster based on this year’s theme, which covers the following topic: Currently, satellites are being used in a variety of ways but there is always room for expansion and growth. Write an essay or design a poster on areas you believe the full potential of satellites has not yet been tapped into or embraced.”
The overall international winner of the essay competition wins a prize to travel to Paris and then French Guyana to witness a live satellite launch, while the overall winner in the poster category will visit South Africa to tour the South African National Space Agency and other sites of interest. There are also winners and runners-up at national level, winners of which receive such prizes as decoders and satellite dishes.
Students aged between 14 and 19 are eligible for entry and need to submit entries in the essay or poster categories to a MultiChoice Zimbabwe office or through the online entry format at www.dstvstarawards.com. 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. Students are invited to engage with the awards community through the dedicated Facebook page.
The competition deadline is Friday October 12, and entries must be on the official entry form. Country winners will be named early in 2019, while overall international winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2019.
“Since 2011 the competition has made dreams come true for 24 students from all over the continent,” said Ms Dziva.
“We want students to become excited, involved and exposed to science and technology concepts and satellite technology in particular. The schools attended by the two international winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.”
She said MultiChoice and Eutelsat were convinced that science and technology education had the power to encourage young minds to change the world positively and it was exciting and significant that since the start of the competition in 2011, more than 7 000 students had entered and shown their talent for and interest in science.