Finnish national and international StarT Gala 2017

Watch the gala video from here!

The StarT Gala is a memorable award ceremony organized on Tuesday 23rd of May at 13:00–17:00, at the Great Hall of the University of Helsinki Main Building. The Gala is partly in Finnish, partly in Swedish, and partly in English. English speakers will be able to follow the programme.


In honor of Finland’s centenary the LUMA Centre Finland together with its cooperation partners has launched a new StarT model that supports the implementation of integrative project-based learning in schools, kindergartens, and extracurricular activity groups. In StarT students learn together and from each other by carrying out and sharing their phenomenon-based projects.


The sharing of projects and learning from each other culminates in the StarT Gala 2017. The Gala is a celebration of the success of both Finnish national and international StarT activities in the current academic year. The teams of children and youngsters will be awarded for their projects, and learning communities will be awarded for their good practices in the implementation of interdisciplinary phenomenon-based learning.


A live stream of the gala will also be available online, and participation and receiving awards will also be possible through live video calls.


The programme of the gala:

  • 12.00-13:00 Coffee, tea, and sweets available at the gala venue 13.00-13.45 Opening and International Awards
    • The opening words of the rector of the University of Helsinki Jukka Kola
    • Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen’s greetings and handing the International LUMA StarT Awards 2017

    13.45–14.45 Awarding the best teams of Finnish national StarT: children

    15.15-16.00 StarT panel discussion: career choices and studies

    16.00-16.45 Awarding the best teams of the national StarT: youth

    16.45-17.00 A music performance and the end of the gala