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Universe Awareness and Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen (Stars are Shining for Everyone) are excited to announce the winners of the Win Your Own Telescope Competition!

Over the past months we received 23 excellent submissions from all over the world. The submissions were reviewed on creativity, impact, feasibility and sustainability.

The three winners are:

  • Ibitolu Henry Adeniyi from Nigeria, who will use the telescope with 4500 students and help them build their own amateur telescopes.
  • Abd Salih from Ethiopia, a highschool student from a village who has read and learned about the Galilean moons, and with the help of their physics teacher, would love to see them for the first time with students from surrounding villages.
  • Bogdan Marian Tofanica from Moldova, who will use the telescope to organise activities with children of all ages and who will use space-based activities to inspire children and teenagers to understand and love science and technology.

The three winners will receive a refractor Bresser 80/900 telescope that will be delivered with a simple home built mount in September 2016. The equipment is complete with telescope tube, viewfinder, zenith prism, two accompanying eyepieces and the mount. This telescope can be used to observe the Moon, the planets of our Solar System and the most bright Messier objects (for example the Orion Nebula, globular clusters and binary stars).

The three telescopes were donated by:

John & Patience Woodward

Alison & Paul Harding

 

Universe Awareness Win Your Own Telescope competition

Do you want to have a real telescope for your astronomy outreach and education activities? Universe Awareness, in collaboration with the Belgium initiative Sterren Schitteren voor Iedereen (stars are shining for everyone) is giving away 4 Bresser Refractor telescopes to the Universe Awareness network to celebrate UNAWE's 10 year anniversary.

The telescope is a refractor Bresser 80/900 and will be delivered with a simple home built mount. The equipment is complete with telescope tube, viewfinder, zenith prism, two accompanying eyepieces and the mount. This telescope can be used to observe the Moon, the planets of our Solar System and the most bright Messier objects (for example the Orion Nebula, globular clusters and binary stars).

How to participate

Send us 1 paragraph (max 300 words) describing how and where you would use the telescope to inspire underserved children with astronomy during World Space Week 2016 and beyond. Please also include how many children and/or teachers you aim to reach, and whether you can have technical support available to help you with the use and maintenance of the telescope. Send your submission to info@unawe.org before 31 July 2016.

Eligibility

  • Submission is open to Universe Awareness network members from any country

  • Submissions will be judged on creativity, impact, feasibility and sustainability of project. Please note: the telescopes are meant for educational and outreach activities, not for individual use.

  • Only one entry per group/individual will be accepted

  • The closing date for the competition is 23:59 UTC on 31 July 2016. Winners will be announced by 31 August 2016.

  • All entries may be displayed on the Universe Awareness website and on social media.

For questions or comments please contact Tibisay at info@unawe.org