UK Space Agency calls for schools to reinvent the satellite

The UK Space Agency is calling for schools to come up with innovative ways satellites can improve life on Earth for a chance to win a share of £50,000.

The annual SatelLife competition – now in its second year – asks young people aged 11 to 22 to come up with new ways satellites can benefit the economy, health or environment, presented through posters, brochures and videos.

Previous entries include an app warning people of impending natural disasters, and GPS trackers placed in fitness devices to help emergency services respond quicker to heart-attack victims.

The competition aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills, and the best individual and best team each receive £7,500. A further seven individual entries will take home £5,000 each.

“SatelLife is a great opportunity for students to work together as teams to understand the things that satellites do for us now and their potential in the future,” said Emily Gravestock, head of applications strategy at the UK Space Agency. “They can collectively come up with a way to improve life on Earth, and increase their knowledge about space and the world around us.”

The deadline for entries is February 25. To apply, click here.

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