Celebrating excellent space science teaching Competition - National and Global Competition Winners

We are very excited to announce the winners of the Space Awareness Celebrating Excellent Space Science Teaching National and Global Competitions! Many outstanding entries from teachers and educators around the world showed the creative ways they have used Space Awareness resources to inspire young people with space sciences.

We received 70 entries from 14 different countries distributed in 7 National competitions and a Global competition — see the list of winners and runner-ups for each competition below. All national and global winners will receive a Celestron's FirstScope Telescope and educational resources from Space Awareness while the runner-ups will receive educational resources from Space Awareness. All winners will also receive recognition badges for schools and individuals, and the publication of the finalist submissions on the Space Awareness website.

The winners per category from each contest are now entering the international final. These winning entries will be translated into English and judged by an international panel of judges, including space science experts and education specialists from the European Space Agency (ESA), the International Astronomical  Union (IAU) Office of Astronomy Outreach, the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development, the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), the IAU astroEDU project and the Space Awareness Advisory Board. The international winners will be announced by late November 2017.

We would like to congratulate all of the participants who entered the competition. All participants will receive a certificate of participation. We also want to thank the National Organizers for their hard work to organize the national competitions.

List of Winners

- BRAZIL

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Ms Nicolle Cabral Coutinho

- BULGARIA

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Ms Nikolina Ruseva

Runner-up: Ms Krasinella Georgieva

Category B - Supporting young people to become aware of space-related careers

Winner: Ms Tsetsa Hristova

- GREECE

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Ms Marina Molla

Runner-up: Ms Eleftheria Karagiorgou

Category B - Supporting young people to become aware of space-related careers

Winner: Ms Maria Eleftheriou

Runner-up: Ms Anastasia Georgiou

- INDIA

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Ms Falicia Janet

Runner-up: Mr S.Sharmila Bai

Category B - Supporting young people to become aware of space-related careers

Winner: Mr Bharath Kumar V

Runner-up: Mr Banu Ravi

- NIGERIA

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Ms Chinasa Edith Ogbonna

Runner-up: Mr Nwokedi Daniel Chibuike

- POLAND

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Mr Robert Góra

Runner-up: Ms Monika Czerkas

Category B - Supporting young people to become aware of space-related careers

Winner: Ms Małgorzata Szymaszek

- ROMANIA

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Ms Carmen Stanciu

Runner-up: Ms Carmen Alexandra Miricioiu

Category B - Supporting young people to become aware of space-related careers

Winner: Ms Daniela Lungoci

Runner-up: Ms Angela Rotaru

- GLOBAL COMPETITION (for countries without a national competition)

Category A - Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds with space sciences

Winner: Mr Danilo Borovnica (Serbia)

Runner-up: Mr Ezzarg Abdelaziz (Morocco)

Category B - Supporting young people to become aware of space-related careers

Winner: Ms Gabriella Ricci (Italy) and Anita Šimac (Croatia)

Runner-up: Mr Selçuk Yusuf Arslan (Turkey)