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SatelLife Challenge

Suggested Age Range: 11 - 18
Hours to Prepare & Review: 4
Type of Activity: Careers linked to Curriculum, Employer Talks, Enterprise Activity

This competition looks for innovative proposals from those aged 11 to 22 which have the potential to use data collected from space to benefit our economy, health or the environment. It has a £50,000 total prize pot and supports winning students to help make their ideas a reality.

The SatelLife Challenge aims to support the development of science, data handling and technological skills. Winners of the national challenge have the opportunity to win a share of a £50,000 prize fund and the chance to present their ideas at the UK Space Agency headquarters.

The challenge asks students to generate ideas on how satellites can be used to benefit our economy, health or the environment.

Cornish schools have had great success in this competition in the past with Richard Lander School and Newquay Treviglas winning the top prizes in 2018 and 2019 respectively and The Roseland Academy and Helston Community College winning runner up prizes, students have won £25,000 in total. The competition helps schools work towards their Gatsby Benchmark progress while increasing the awareness and aspirations of students in a sector that could be a huge employment opportunity in Cornwall in the future. A win, win all round.

As an introduction and to highlight how satellites are currently used, Dr Kat Hickey from Goonhilly Earth Station has produced the following YouTube video which should be shown at the start of the first SatelLife lesson.

Local space sector specialists are very supportive of this competition and many have offered to act as ‘dragons’ to the students before they submit their final presentations to the UK Space Agency in February. These preliminary presentations take place at least two weeks prior to the final submission deadline so that students have time to edit and develop their entries after the judges offer their feedback.

If you are a science teacher at a secondary school or college in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and would like to get involved with this competition next year, please contact us at