Telescopes for Kids

The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Winnipeg Centre proudly announces the return of Telescopes for Kids for 2024, where the Centre awards telescopes to kids excited about Astronomy who normally wouldn’t be able to have one.

If you would like to enter to be awarded a telescope, tell us why! Send an essay, story, video, song, or anything you like, preferably one that reflects your community and culture, to:

before Friday, Jan 26, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Awards will be delivered at a date to be determined.

If you are interested in supporting this initiative with a cash donation please see our GoFundMe Page


Bringing Telescopes to Kids since 2020.

Telescopes for Kids has been moved to January this year, to remove it from the busy holiday season. We are hoping to raise $2,500 to purchase five telescope kits to present to young people who don't have access to a telescope. If you are under 18, and don't have a telescope in your household, you can send us an email, a video, a song, a piece of artwork, or a message in any other medium telling us what excites you about astronomy and why you would like a telescope. All entries will be entered into a draw for some secondary prizes such as star maps, books, binoculars, and other astronomical gear. The five best entries will receive a beginner's telescope package including a telescope, mount, eyepieces, and other necessary accessories - everything you need to observe the sky. Deadline for entries is Friday, January 26, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Please see the rules below for more information on how to enter.


  1. All entries must be provided by a person residing in Manitoba over the age of 18 who agrees to these rules on behalf of an under 18 minor who wishes to provide an entry to the contest.
  2. There is no cost per entry but only one entry will be considered per minor entrant. Families with more than one child can enter once per child.
  3. Entries must be received electronically via email at before 11:59 PM CST on Friday, January 26, 2024.
  4. Entries must be original, created by the minor entrant, regardless of format or content.
  5. Entries may be links to other content, for example to a YouTube video of a song or skit. However, only PDF or Microsoft Word documents, videos on YouTube, or audio on SoundCloud will be considered.
  6. Entries may be one of but not limited to poems, stories, essays, songs, skits, music videos, artwork or otherwise as long as they are themed "Why I love astronomy and would like a telescope!"
  7. Written works must be on a single page, audio or video is limited to 2-4 minutes in length.
  8. The entrant grants the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Winnipeg Centre permission to publish the winning entry on its website provided the entry does not provide identifying information on the minor entrant or that the minor entrant's identity can be adequately hidden.
  9. The entrant agrees to consider providing permission for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Winnipeg Centre permission to publish an image of the minor in the process of being awarded a telescope on our website and newsletter.
  10. Entries containing copyrighted material will not be considered.
  11. Judging will be completed by a panel of members of the Winnipeg Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Decisions of the judges will be final.
  12. Contest results will completed and will be announced at a date to be determined. If possible, prizes will be delivered before or simultaneous with the announcement.
  13. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Winnipeg Centre reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the Contest, in whole or in part, and/or modify, amend or suspend the Contest, and/or the Contest Rules in any way, at any time, for any reason, without prior notice.

2021 Winners

Xander Kennedy (6) won a 3” Celestron Firstscope through a submission by his Mom. While this is normally not a valid entry the Judging Committee judged that as a young man with Autism who show an amazing affinity for astronomy we were happy to give him a small telescope like the Celestron to foster his interest. His entry will be posted on the web site on the Telescopes4Kids page after Christmas. When Gord delivered the telescope Xander was super excited and wanted to take it outside right away (sadly, cloudy and cold) but he’s rarin’ to go!

Luxton Galbraith (10) won a 4.5” StarBlast, a Peterson’s Field Guide and a Celestron Zoom eyepiece for his video entry describing his love for astronomy but his frustration at trying to maneuver his Dad’s (Centre member Kyle) 10” telescope. You can view his entry at:

Sameeha Ansari (12) won a 4.5” StarBlast and a Celestron Zoom eyepiece for her video entry on “Why I Love Astronomy and Would Like to Have a Telescope”. You can view her entry at:

Lenore Williams (8) won a Meade 50mm refractor for her video describing her love for astronomy and how she would use a telescope. Here's Lenore's entry:

Mugisha Mhamaba (12) won a Celestron 102mm refractor on an altaz mount for his rap song recording that included the lyrics: Isn’t it wonderful to look up at the sky On a clear night where the moon And the stars shining bright Meteor, galaxy, shooting firefly I see it all, I see it all From a distance I observe Everything is preserved I could move with the zoom When I move with the swag All that I’m missing is a telescope! Pictured is Dad Radja receiving the telescope and books for Christmas morning!

Sarah (14) and Sam Tyluk (12) won a Skywatcher 6” Dobsonian and Celestron Zoom eyepiece for her essay about her and her brother Sam's love for Astronomy, and what they would do with a telescope, accompanied by a drawing by Sam

Past Winners

Congrats to Hunter and Kara on their telescopes in December 2020!

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