Former astronaut selected to chair the finals of children's science and technology competition

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A former astronaut and French Minister, now special advisor to European Space Agency’s (ESA) Director General, Claudie Haigneré has been selected to chair the finals of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. It is the first time a woman takes on this assignment, acting as a strong incentive for students dreaming big, especially young women, to live up to their full potential.

The competition final which will be held on February 7th of this year encourages children to take part in a science and technology competition in a bid to inspire their young minds to positively change their world via innovative thinking in the field.

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In the 2016 edition, the 6000 participants were required to write a creative essay or design a poster based on the topic:"Take yourself into the future as a scientist-design a new-age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans.”

The poster winner, who will be revealed on the day, will win a trip for two to Paris, France to visit Eutelsat satellite facilities, while the essay winner will travel to see a rocket launch into space. The runners-up will win a trip to South Africa to explore several sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa, the organizers of the competition.

The competition has paved the way for some of the previous competition in the science and technology field.

For example, the 2014 Zimbabwean essay winner Joseph Mahiya is currently enrolled in a program run by the Mastercard Foundation. He received a scholarship for an undergraduate degree in Computer Science with Software Engineering as well as Electrical Engineering. He starts school on August 2017 at West Virginia University in the USA.

Eva Chemgorem, the Kenyan 2012 poster winner is studying for a Bachelor of Science in Economics at Daystar University, Nairobi and will soon pursue a minor in International Relations. She hopes to use her education to shape policy and economic development in Kenya and the rest of world.

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