Nord StarT climate education event

Warm welcome to hear about Nordic climate and sustainability education. During the hour-long virtual event you’ll have a chance to hear experts and teachers speak about Nordic climate and sustainability education from early childhood education to upper secondary education. In addition, we will showcase children’s and young people’s concrete ideas to combat climate change.  The main part of the event is presenting the winners of the Nord StarT climate change competition. The competition aims to gather children, youth and adults to brainstorm concrete means for the fight against climate change.

Time: 9th February 2022 from 1 pm to 2 pm (13.00-14.00)

Language: English

You do not need to register to watch the live broadcast. Welcome!



13.00 Welcome!

13.05 Speech by the Minister of Education Li Andersson

13.10 Nord START climate change competition: announcement of winners and presentation of  best projects by children and young people

13.20 Engaging makers of future on math, science and technology through the LUMA ecosystem, prof. Maija Aksela, LUMA Centre Finland/University of Helsinki

13.30 Speech on sustainable development and the importance of Nordic cooperation, Nordic Council of Ministers

13.40 Discussion on climate and sustainability education in the Nordic countries

14.00 Final words and thank you


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Picture of a former StarT-winners

The StarT competition has begun!

The registration for the StarT competition has begun and will continue until 7th of March 2022. The theme of the competition is My LUMA which refers to natural sciences, mathematics and/or technology. The two series you can participate in are the StarT projects and good educational practices.

The theme for the 2022 competition is My LUMA. The word LUMA refers to natural sciences, mathematics and technology and the interaction and cooperation between these disciplines. The aim of My LUMA theme is that all projects are interdisciplinary, have a link to science, mathematics and/or technology and promote the ideas, interests and knowhow of children and youth. The projects should be about any interdisciplinary topic including natural sciences, mathematics and/or technology. A good approach to this theme is through students own interests or phenomena related to everyday life. First, brainstorm a topic that inspires your team and dive into the worlds of learning and discovery through your project. Then report the results of your work and enter the StarT-competition. For inspiration, you can visit our material bank where we have collected some of the best projects and educational practices from earlier years.

You can sign up for the competition through the registration form. Tell us about your team of students and your project, or your good educational practice. The registration period for the competition started in the beginning of January and will continues until the 7th of March 2022. 

StarT project

Teams of children and adolescents should carry out the StarT project.  It is important that the project is a product of the students’ work, supported by the teacher on a suitable level. We will assess the projects on how creative and innovative they are. We also appreciate projects that are linked to the theme of My LUMA. The students’ active role in the project is important as is collaboration and the visibility of students’ enthusiasm. The project can include cooperation within the teacher community and with other actors outside of the learning community such as researchers and companies.

An example of a My LUMA themed project from 2021

Best practice

A best practice is an educational practice or a model that the learning community has tried and found useful in implementing interdisciplinary and phenomenon-based learning. The best practice should also have a link to science, technology and/or mathematics. In the assessment of best practices, we will look at how the best practice demonstrates links to curriculum and cooperation. We will also be looking for innovative approaches for carrying out inquiry-based and/or phenomenon-based learning.

An example of a best practice from 2021

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