Best project nominees of the StarT season 2020

In the StarT season 2020, many wonderful children and young peoples best projects took part to StarT competition, from which the jury selected the 10 most deserving project entries as nominees to compete for the International LUMA StarT Award.

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

Check out the International LUMA StarT Award 2020 nominees listed in alphabetical order by project name below. You can get to know more about each project through learning diaries linked next to each project.

Alternative Solar Energy

Name of the learning community: Primarschule Atelier Zwillikon, Switzerland
StarT theme: Technology around us
School state: primary school
What subjects have been used in the project: natural sciences, mathematics, languages (German, English), handicrafts.


Link to the project diary

Briefly: Because it would be too difficult to invent an electric car, the children decided to do experimental work with parabolic mirrors and Fresnel lenses. Children created solar-powered charging stations for electric cars.

An Action Plan to Save the Moldy Books in Yunhai School Library

Name of the learning community: Yantian Yunhai School, China
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
School state: Primary school
What subjects have been used in the project: comprehensive practice, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science and engineering, mathematics, china, art, geography and science.


Link to the project diary

Briefly: During the project, students conducted several experiments to find out why mold grew in books. They also figured out how to prevent book mold.

Clean environment-clean water and healthy food-happy life

Name of the learning community: Kindergardner Dječji vrtići Mostar-Mrvica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
StarT theme: Sustainable development
School state: early education
What subjects have been used in the project: biology, history, mathematics, physics, art, technology, music.


Link to the project diary

Briefly: The children learned about the importance of water, healthy food and a clean environment. During the project, they raised climate awareness and conducted experimental studies on water filtration, among other things.

Comparison of water quality of the Chimehuín river with that of nearby puddles with mosquitoes

Name of the learning community: Club de Ciencias Huechulafquen, Argentina
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
School state: High school
What subjects have been used in the project: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Spanish and English, Video and Photography, Expression


Link to the project diary

Briefly: The project aims to characterize the type of habitat that female mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs. Water quality samples were taken in the river and in parallel puddles for comparison. Water and bait traps were also placed, but they did not work.

EcoBiesel

Name of the learning community: Agrupamento de Escolas de Alcanena, Portugal
StarT theme: Sustainable development
School state: High school
What subjects have been used in the project: Biology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics


Link to the project diary

Briefly: Seventeen high school students researched and grew algae to produce biomass for biodiesel, while combating the pollution problem in their home town.

Food Miles and Climate Change

Name of the learning community: COLE International Schools, Austria
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
School state: Primary school
What subjects have been used in the project: Natural sciences, mathematics, art and design, geography, biology, English and German.


Link to the project diary

Briefly: The project investigated the impact of food transportation on climate change. The project included various workshops to study food spoilage, measure carbon dioxide levels, and learn how to reduce the carbon footprint.

IS 1°C A LOT OR NOT?

Name of the learning community: Siaures licejus / Northern lyceum, Lithuania
StarT theme: Sustainable development
School state: primary school
What subjects have been used in the project: Mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, crafts, Lithuanian grammar, English.


Link to the project diary

Briefly: In a project focusing on climate change, the children experimented and found that 1⁰C can play a big role both at home and in nature.

LUMI – SNOW

Name of the learning community: Päiväkoti Piilometsä, Finland
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
School state: Early education
What subjects have been used in the project: Finnish, mathematics, Environmental Education, music (snowmen songs), physical education, chemistry, physics


Link to the project diary

Briefly: The idea of snowman research, which emerged at the first LUMA Science Club, expanded into multidisciplinary snow-related research.

PIP.01

Name of the learning community: Alyadodah Secondary School For Boys, Jordan
StarT theme: Technology around us
School state: High school
What subjects have been used in the project: Physics, electronics, information technology and English
The project was chosen as a favorite of the audience in international public voting


Link to the project diary

Briefly: During the project, the environmentally friendly robot PIP.01 was completed. PIP.01 works with voice commands and is able to have a conversation. PIP.01 is a miniature of what we can achieve in the field of robotics.

“Vamos salvar o mar!” – “Let´s save the ocean!”

Name of the learning community: Colégio Valsassina, Portugal
StarT theme: Sustainable development
School state: primary school
What subjects have been used in the project: Languages, mathematics, science and the arts (music, drama, visual arts)


Link to the project diary

Briefly: This project arose from our interest and motivation to learn more about the threats to the ocean and the urgency of protecting them. “What can we do to protect the oceans and marine life?”.

Offical recognition of exellence

Due to the high quality of the projects and practices. The jury wanted to give recognition also to these best projects. 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 projects that have received an honorable mention listed below or in this playlist.

Keyzy

Name of the learning community: Shaping Your Future (IMR & I-Form), Ireland
StarT theme: My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
School state: High School


Link to the project diary

Briefly: Keyzy is a product designed to help people open doors easily. Keyzy is aimed at people with tremors, brain damage, or Parkinson’s disease.

Low Energy House

Name of the learning community: Primarschule Atelier Zwillikon, Switzerland
StarT theme: Sustainable development
School state: primary school

Link to the project diary

Briefly: The observations and experiments will be used to build a low-energy cardboard house and test it in real conditions using computer simulations and a thermal imager.

Machine Learning to Detect Forest Fires

Name of the learning community: Fista, Finland
StarT theme:
My LUMA (a topic of your choice that relates to science, technology or mathematics)
School state:
secondary school

Link to the project diary

Briefly: How can forest fires be detected by processing a satellite image using neural networks? A group of seventh graders study the matter through machine learning.

Safety improvement of amusement device in Yi Haicheng-”protective shield” of the swing”

Name of the learning community: Project-based learning group of “Xing Si” school, China
StarT theme: Technology around us
School state:
primary school

Link to the project diary

Briefly: The swing is a favorite of every child around the world. It can be dangerous because some children stand while swinging. After the analysis and experimentation processes, a safe swing is created.

SnakeBot

Name of the learning community: Tampereen lyseon lukio, Finland
StarT theme: Technology around us
School state:
High school

Link to the project diary

Briefly: Snakebot is a bionic robot with the properties of a snake, a caterpillar and a scorpion.