FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions


Can a student participate with more than one project?

No. A student can only participate in one team, and a student team can only report one project.  


How are age groups taken into consideration in the project evaluation?

Children (early years education and primary school; ages 12 and below) are evaluated together, and youth (over 12 years) together as another group. Each project is compared with te other projects in the same age group to ensure fair evaluation and a diverse set of projects in the final rounds. Teams with members from both age groups are allowed; in this case, the average age of the team members is what counts (depending on the nature of the project).

When evaluating the projects, the StarT jury considers the projects according to the assessment criteria, taking into account the age of the team. For example, teacher support can be stronger for children (early years education and primary school) than youth.


What is a learning community?

A learning community can be for example a school, kindergarten, family or an extracurricular activity group. Each learning community can report one best practice annually. However, the number of students’ project teams from one learning community is not limited – just note that one student can only participate in one team, and one student team can only report one project.