The 2018 Learning Zone Competition is now open!

You talked, we listened! Lots of really great ideas were sent in for our 2018 competition theme, and we were happy to see so many suggestions focused on recycling and cleaning up our planet.

Therefore, we are pleased to introduce you to this year’s idea…

Clean-up your space!

That’s right, we want you to clean-up your SPACE and, using the items you find littered amongst your surroundings, collect and upcycle (transform) them into one of EUMETSAT’s satellites, ground stations or our headquarters in Darmstadt – basically, anything EUMETSAT-related will work!

Below you will find a couple of example satellites – see what you can come up with from the items you find! For more inspiration, you can also check out our website or Instagram page for an inside look at our building.

The challenge

Build models using collected waste (e.g. plastic, cardboard, wood) found while safely exploring your neighbourhood (or visit the beach, parks, lakes…) and construct your design by combining your finds together. Feel free to use other items to assist you in your assembly (for example glue, staples etc.) however, the main structure should only consist of items collected outside.

You should document where you collected the waste from with a short video or with images + description. Introduce yourself and your masterpiece once it’s done and tell us how it works (videos must be maximum 2 minutes long). This is so we can see that you actively went outside to collect the waste items, whilst also giving us a better look at your design (don’t worry, this will just be for the judges and will not be published online!).

We do, however, for the purposes of the Learning Zone and our social media channels require an image of your finished work of art.

Once the competition is over, we would then encourage you to recycle your models.

Why is recycling so important?

Waste has a very negative effect on the Earth’s natural resources. When disposed of incorrectly, it can be very harmful to our planet and affects the atmosphere, land and oceans, plus the health of all humans and wildlife. Plastic pollution especially is getting a lot of attention lately and we are witnessing more than ever the damage it is causing to the environment. Initiatives such as Earth Day and World Oceans Day help draw attention to these issues and encourage the public to do more in the fight against waste.

A big part of this outreach promotes recycling, encourages reducing the amount of plastic we use (and to look for alternatives to plastic), and to reuse as much as possible, in the hopes of eliminating plastic pollution.

As we mentioned in the challenge description, you are encouraged to clean-up all kinds of waste (not just plastic), as long as the items you pick up are safe and pose no harm to you or others.

Who can enter?

This competition is open to students from all countries attending public, private or home schools, between the ages of 10 and 18 years old.

How will my entry be judged?

The judges will score and rank the entry videos/images based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity & Originality
  2. Practicality & Sustainability
  3. Aesthetic & Design


We will also invite the public to have a portion of the vote using the model images you provide. There is a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and all winners will be published on the Learning Zone website and shared on our social media channels. The prizes are as follows:

1st place: GoPro HERO6 + tripod and SD card
2nd place: Canon PowerShot SX720
3rd place: Panasonic Lumix DMC SZ10

Not only will you be doing something beneficial for our planet, you will also be in with the chance of winning some AMAZING prizes – what’s not to like?!

This competition will run from 18 Jun – 31 Oct 2018. Judging will take place in the first two weeks of November, and the winner will be announced on the 15th November (mark your calendars!).

Now, the boring stuff…

Please make sure you read the following criteria carefully and ask an adult to check on your behalf:       

1) All participants must be aged 10 years and above;
2) Only 1 entry allowed per person, however, schools are permitted to submit more than one entry;
3) You must either upload a video, maximum 2 minutes in length or images. The video/images must introduce the product and its functionality as well as show where the waste was collected. Please introduce yourself and any team members to the judges;
4) Please also provide an image of your model that we can promote on our Learning Zone and social media channels;
5) The judging panel reserves the right to select alternative winners to replace any winners who are subsequently disqualified;
6) The judging panel reserves the right to exercise sole discretion to make or withhold an award. Any decision made by the judging panel is final and no appeal will be accepted nor entertained;
7) The participant confirms that the entry contains nothing which is unlawful or infringes the copyright or other rights of any third parties;
8) The winner agrees to the use of their name and entry image for any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s consent;
9) Each finalist or winner consents to the use of their name and entry image for publicity purposes or otherwise participate in the publicity activities of EUMETSAT’S L-ZONE in relation to the competition and to the use of any data provided by such winner for any future publicity effort without any payment or compensation thereof;
10) EUMETSAT reserves the right to disqualify any participant who fails to comply with any of the rules;
11) If, for any reason, any aspect of the competition is not capable of running as planned and beyond the control of EUMETSAT which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Competition, EUMETSAT may in its sole discretion cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this competition or invalidate any affected submissions;
12) There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition;
13) Permission – all entrants under the age of 16 must get permission from a parent or guardian before submitting an entry for the competition (unless entering as a school);
13) Only entries submitted in accordance with the directions outlined for the competition will be eligible.

Please note: The winners will be contacted via email or phone and notified within one month of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or claim the prize within one week of notification, EUMETSAT reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick an alternative winner. Unsuccessful entries will not be contacted regarding the outcome of the competition.

1) Safety first – do not attempt to visit any areas that are dangerous or where you would put yourself at risk of harm. Younger applicants should be accompanied by an adult where necessary;
2) Take care when picking up items. Try to use gloves and avoid anything with sharp edges, hazardous substances or any items you are unfamiliar with;
3) Please only use items collected outside. We know it might be tempting to use items lying around at home, but the idea is to help clean-up your surroundings to help our planet;
4) Have fun! This is the most important rule of all – get creative and enjoy making these models whilst being outside and exploring your neighbourhood!


If you have any questions about the competition and to submit your entries, please email us at: or get in touch via any of our social media channels.

Now, go get those creative juices flowing – we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Good luck to everybody who enters.

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