With the idea of promoting science and technology learning in African schools, Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa announce the launch of DStv Eutelsat Star Awards.

Supported by Mindset Learn, this pan-African student competition aims at inspiring innovative thinking among secondary and high-school students aged 14-19.

It also tends to create awareness on how science and technology can be applied to everyday life, and to show the ways satellites already impact on the development of the African continent.

The awards are open to students from 42 countries who are invited to write an essay or design a poster on satellite technology and how it can assist further development of their communities, country or the African continent.

Country winners vying for the overall prize will go on to compete at international level, adjudicated on 12 September 2011 by an international judging panel.

The overall winner will be invited to see a live rocket launch and to visit Eutelsat’s satellite installations in France. The Second Prize will also be visiting Eutelsat in France. Merit award winners will win a trip to Johannesburg to see DStv's technical facilities and television studios at the MultiChoice Africa offices.