Calling all Cornish Schools -

Get involved in the SatelLife Challenge!

The SatelLife Challenge is looking for innovative proposals from 11 to 22 year olds, which have the potential to use data collected from space to benefit our economy, health or the environment. Entries can be as teams or individuals and all prize winners will be able to pitch their idea to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the space sector who will offer prizes (the top prize for a team is £7,500 cash with the same prize for the best individual idea). 

In 2017 the competition winners were offered a mix of support including an offer to build a prototype, thousands of pounds worth of space on Amazon Cloud Services, access to data, business development advice and a visit to a satellite factory. You can find out more about the competition here.

This is a nationwide competition run by the UK Space Agency, but to give Cornish students the best opportunity to develop their ideas we are looking to promote the competition with local schools and also offer support by utilising some Enterprise Advisers and other working in the Space sector in Cornwall. 

We have lined up Cathrine Armour, Director of the South West Centre of Excellence and Satellite Applications Project Manager to run a Skype session introducing students to Satellite Applications and their current uses with her Satellite 101 briefing. 

We will then give schools two weeks to think about their ideas and create their initial applications before they are invited to pitch their ideas via Skype to our local space specialist panel on the week of the 5 - 9 February. Students will then have two more weeks to refine their applications before the final applications are submitted to The Space Agency UK by 25th of February.

For more information about the competition, the entry process and suggested resources to support please click here

For a list of last year’s winners click here

Our proposed timeline  will be:



 10 Jan to 18 Jan

Initial sign-up from Cornish schools (please email if you wish to take part)

 22 Jan to 23 Jan

Satellite 101 briefing via Skype with Cathrine Armour (Director of Operations SW Centre for Excellence in Satellite Applications)

 23 Jan to 5 Feb

Applications are created in school

 5 Feb to 9 Feb

Judging by panel of Cornish industry experts including Aerospace Enterprise Advisers

 12 Feb to 23 Feb

Proposals are developed in school (The 12th – 16th is half term).

 25 Feb

Final applications are submitted to the UK Space Agency.

If your school would like to be involved with this opportunity then please ask the person leading on this project to contact David Pollard here, before the 18 of January.

Page last updated: 09:51, 12th January 2018
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