The best practice nominees of the StarT season 2020

In the StarT season 2020, many great best practices took part to StarT competition, from which the jury selected the 10 most deserving practice entries as nominees to compete for the International LUMA StarT Award.

A playlist compiled from the best practice nominees can be found here.

Check out the International LUMA StarT Education Award 2020 nominees listed in alphabetical order by practice name below. You can get to know more about each practice and find out how they carried out the best practice by reading the project description of the practices. Link to the practice description and additional materials can be found next to each practice.

21st Century Child

Name of the learning community: Ecole Sidi Abdelkrim, Morocco
StarT theme: sustainable development
This the best practice is teaching method/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: The best practice provides new ways to manage a multi-grade classroom and combat the absense, as well as dropping out of school, especially for girls. Practice focuses in particular on the use of information and communication technologies in teaching.

A Yangtze Story

Name of the learning community: The Yangtze River Cultural Research Community, China
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is teaching methot/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: Interdisciplinary study aims to fill the gap between school and other knowledge, as well as to provide primary school students with real-life experiences and ways to utilize what they have learned at school in real life. By integrating curriculum design into social development and cultivating thinking outside the box, citizens can be moved to a new era.

Air, Water & Land Pollution

Name of the learning community: Children of Sarajevo – Kindergarten “Dunje”, Bosnia and Herzegovina
StarT theme: sustainable development
This the best practice is a science club


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: Every winter our city is for several weeks one of the most polluted places in the world. In those weeks, we can’t take the kids outside. That’s why we decided to set up a small lab in our kindergarten and teach the kids more about pollution and the effects of pollution. In this way, children can understand the basic concepts of pollution, understand the human contribution to pollution, and understand the state of their own city in this problem.

“Beyond the water!”

Name of the learning community: Scientific association “Aghi Magnetici”, Italy
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is teaching method/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: A scientific approach to life is important and that is why the practice is called “Beyond the water”. The main goal is to arouse students’ interest in scientific research. Teacher-led scientific experiments allow students to analyze chemical reactions and find interesting things about science.

„ECO-FRIENDLY HOUSE WORKSHOP“

Name of the learning community: Radviliškis Gražina Basic School, Lithuania
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is event


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: At the science event, teams of 5-6 people were able to build an environmentally friendly house. Students learn that the physical properties of houses can affect how well they fit into the environment.

Ihmeellinen ihminen – opitaan yhdessä yhteistyö

Name of the learning community: Esiopetus Taipalsaari Kirkonkylän koulu ja LAB ammattikorkeakoulu, Finland
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is teaching method/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: The Learning Together project arose from the need to give nursing students more skills to work with children. The aim of the project was to create real interaction situations and increase understanding of the nursing student’s way of thinking, acting or caring for fears related to nursing situations.

Integration of Engineering Design in Teaching STEM

Name of the learning community: Al Omareyah School, Jordan
StarT theme: Technology around us
This the best practice is teaching method/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: The aim of the practice was to evaluate the learning experience of women aged 13-16 in a STEM course. The results obtained from the practice suggest that STEM practice can increase motivation to learn.

Pi & STEM. Famous number Pi, we found it everywhere!

Name of the learning community: “Zhani Ciko”, Albania
StarT theme: Mathematics around us
This the best practice is work instructions


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: The purpose of the practice is to make mathematics more interesting for students. The idea is to set up a number of interesting activities where students have to do research, use the internet and various online tools, and work in an international group to share ideas and thoughts.

Where will we use it

Name of the learning community: NUN Schools / Istanbul, Turkey
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is science club


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: Students always ask us one question, regardless of the topic being taught: “Where will we use it?”. The goal of the practice is to create a curriculum that is compatible with the curriculum used in school, but that would enrich the curriculum through storytelling and dramatization techniques, and to thoroughly answer the question “Where will we use it?”.

Yhteistyöprojekti Matkalla Marsiin 2020

Name of the learning community: Pikkolan koulu, Finland
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is a course

Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: The students form a space travel agency. They develop marketing documentation for the company and also design a rocket and test program for recruiting astronauts. The aim is to improve the skills set in the physics curriculum, as well as to learn how to design and implement small science projects with technology-based measuring devices.

Offical recognition of exellence

Due to the high quality of the projects and practices. The jury wanted to give recognition also to these best practices. First time in StarT history we want to give Offical recognition of exellence to projects and practices. These earn the visibility and this honorable mention.

You can find all the best practices that have received an honorable mention listed below or in this playlist.

Interactive means and information technology in the service of inclusive education

Name of the learning community: Oppimisyhteisö: Riad, Morocco
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is a method for the assessment of students


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: Utilizing interactive tools and technology will increase the quality of learning, support concentration and achieve independence among children with special needs.

LEARNING THROUGH COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING VIOLET, THE STORY OF A BUTTERFLY, “an ambassador of sustainability”

Name of the learning community: Oppimisyhteisö: Colegoi Valsassina, Portugal
StarT theme: Sustainable develpement
This the best practice is teaching method/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: The best practice aimed at pre-school education, where the product of the collective creativity process is a story. This learning practice challenges, teaches, and develops children’s interaction, listening, and writing skills.

Yksilöllinen mobiilioppiminen

Name of the learning community: Paraistenseudun koulu, Finland
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
This the best practice is teaching method/model


Link to the materials and practice description

Briefly: Individual mobile learning enables learning regardless of time, place or technology.