Children communicating over a geometric problem.

A free online course on project-based learning will open on the 1st of March 2021

Would you like to get support for designing your own project-based learning unit in line with current research into science education? Would you like to discuss and share ideas with teachers from other countries? 

If you answered yes then this is an opportunity just for you. LUMA Centre Finland, a network of Finnish universities, offers a free online course on project-based learning (PBL) for all teachers and educators from early childhood education to upper secondary schools. 

Very good course, really provide to me important aspects to really apply PBL approach in my courses.


The free online course “Project-based learning and the theory behind it – create your own project!” begins on the 1st of March 2021. The course is designed to support the participants in the creation of a project-based unit that is in line with science education research, and you will learn about the essential features of PBL. The course is worth one credit (25h of work), divided across 4-5 weeks.

 I enjoyed a lot in completing assignments for this course. I have already prepared a new project for my students even if pandemics continue.


Sign up to the course by filling out an online form here. If you have any questions, please contact us via email

The course is a part of the StarT programme. In StarT students learn together by carrying out interdisciplinary projects related to science, technology or mathematics. The programme  offers support to teachers implementing PBL in their teaching.  

The course is provided by Prof. Maija Aksela (University of Helsinki) and project manager, Outi Haatainen (University of Helsinki) from LUMA center Finland.

Want to know more? Please click on the links below. 

Children looking at the presentation of their StarT-project

The registration to StarT ends this week

The registration to StarT ends this week. You still have time to participate in StarT by registrating by February 14th .
You and your students can participate in the international StarT by describing students’ projects and/or the best practice of your learning community. Participate now for a chance to get awards and visibility for your and your students’ innovations! There is already almost 300 learning communities from 31 different countries registered in StarT 2020-2021.

StarT is a programme that offers support for educators in implementing interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. Project-based learning is a great way to let your students explore interesting phenomena and get exciting real-life experiences of science, technology and mathematics.

1. Projects by children and youngsters
StarT projects are made by student teams (3-19 y.o.). StarT projects give teams of children and youngsters a chance to show their expertise, and to make use of their own interests and creativity. To participate we will ask you to share with us a short video describing the project and a concise learning diary.

2. Best educational practices by learning communities
A teacher (or a parent or other educator) can participate in StarT by themselves or together with their colleagues also by describing a best educational practice. A best practice is an educational practice or a model that the learning community has tried and found useful in implementing interdisciplinary and project-based learning or their StarT projects. The best practices should have a link to science, technology or mathematics.

If you have not yet registered in the StarT-program, you can do it with this online form, where you will provide information about your contact details and the project work of children and youngsters and/or the good educational practice that you have implemented.

If you’re already registered as a StarT learning community, awesome!
Those who have already registered report by telling us about the projects/best practice they have implemented through the “group’s open registration link” contained in the confirmation email received at the time of registering. The link has been sent to everyone who has already registered again by email. If the message cannot be found, please email us:

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The StarT team will also answer your questions by email:
Welcome to share the joy of learning!