The StarT public voting ‒ sharing the joy of learning!

StarT spring proceeds and the time has come to vote for your favourite videos! The StarT jury has made their decision as to which videos proceeded to the public voting, and you can now find the videos of the best practices and projects on the Youtube channel of StarT so go check out the amazing work groups from around the world have done and get inspired by project based learning! You can find direct links to each theme at the end of this post.

Your likes will be considered when the nominees for the best projects and practices of 2018 are chosen by the StarT jury, so voting really pays off! The winners of the public voting will also be awarded with a diploma in the international StarT gala. The international StarT gala is the grand final of both the national and international StarT every year, and this year it will take place in Tampere on the 5th of June 2018 as a part of the national LUMA days. Read more about last year’s gala here and find more about this year’s gala here.


Why StarT?

In 2016, the LUMA Centre Finland with their collaborators started a new education model called StarT. The purpose of StarT it to support the implementation of inter-disciplinary approach and cross-curricular studies in schools in accordance with the new national curriculum of Finland. The StarT model is aimed to be implemented in all learning communities from early childhood to upper secondary education.

StarT is exceptional as everyone learns together as a learning community by carrying out phenomenon-based and cross-curricular projects. The main goal of StarT is to strengthen the excitement and interest of children and youngsters towards studying mathematics, natural sciences and technology.

The long-term goal of StarT is to establish the collaborative and inspiring StarT model into the annual activities of schools and other learning communities. The Star teams consisting of children and youngsters from kindergartens, schools, extracurricular groups and homes share the joy of learning in the national and international StarT community, which consisted of nearly 800 learning communities from 36 different countries in 2016-2017.


After the public voting

The voting continues until the 8th of April, so make sure to like your favourite videos before that! Don’t forget to invite your friends and family along to share the inspiring work you have done! The nominees for the best projects and practices of 2018 will be announced on the 16th of April. The StarT jury will decide ten nominees for the best projects and ten nominees for the best practices. Of these twenty nominees, the honorary StarT jury will decide which three groups win the International LUMA StarT Education Award (for best practices) and which three groups the International LUMA StarT Award (for the best projects). You can read more about the assessment criteria here.



Direct links to international public voting:

Best practices:

Best practices -international

Best practices -national

Projects by themes:

National projects

Nature and environment

Mathematics around us

Stars and space

Home, culture and internationality


Technology around us

This works: Mobile toys


Is your team a winner of International LUMA StarT Award 2018?

StarT main prize: a memorable trip to Finland 

The three best project teams and the three best practices in StarT are awarded the International LUMA StarT Award each year. For the teams that are awarded the International LUMA StarT Award 2018, a trip to Finland is a part of the main prize. It includes breathtaking Finnish landscapes, insight into the Finnish culture and education, as well as wonderful opportunities to network and learn more! The costs of the trip for the awarded teams will be covered by LUMA Centre Finland as a part of the prize.

The unforgettable award trip: “This visit to Finland is an inspiration for our further work”

In 2017 the MTA-SZTE Science Education Research Group, Faculty of Science and Informatics US, from Hungary, was one of the three teams that was awarded the International LUMA StarT Education Award 2017 for their collaboration of education and teacher training programme through StarT. This is what they said about their award trip to Finland:

“The organizers treated us with exceptional kindness and love during our stay. We were offered varied and interesting programmes that could be changed according to our wishes and the weather. Sightseeing in Helsinki was a great experience! We got to know the downtown of Helsinki, its main tourists’ sights, learnt about Finnish people and culture. We also gained experience on the teaching of sciences in Finland. We met teams from other countries (teachers and students as well), and through talking to them we collected knowledge about their educational system and their science education. The StarT project brought closer people from several sides of the world. What we all had in common was the commitment to science education and the responsibility for children. This was a great opportunity to learn from each other, to collaborate with different nations and to make friendly international relationships.

Science education and teacher training is exemplary in Finland so it is worth knowing and experiencing. A great opportunity for this is the participation in LUMA StarT. Besides the Finnish examples you can get other international models and ideas, build international professional connections.

We are thankful for the great days, for the attention and kindness of the organizers. This visit to Finland is an inspiration for our further work.”

You can check out this Hungarian team’s best practice video and the other nominees of International LUMA StarT Award 2017 here.

Ready to report your project? Please report here before the 18th of February 2018. All reports will be considered by the StarT jury in selecting the winners for the International LUMA StarT Awards 2018!

Welcome to StarT 2017 – 2018!

LUMA Centre Finland invites schools, kindergartens, families, and extracurricular activity groups from all around the world to invest in the future and take part in StarT 2017-2018 to share the excitement of collaborative learning!

Learning and sharing through project-based learning!

In StarT students carry out exciting, innovative projects related to the StarT themes. The format of the projects is entirely free of choice! StarT encourages collaboration between learning communities and other actors, experts, even companies! StarT gives schools and kindergartens new ideas and support for the implementation of project-based learning and establishes a new kind of science-fair culture that focuses around collaboration and teamwork. Learning communities network with each other, get visibility, and learn from each other as they see each other’s projects and ideas.

Read more about joining StarT on the StarT website

StarT is an operational model offered by LUMA Centre Finland, in which over 800 learning communities from 36 countries participated in 2016-2017. A central part of the international StarT community is sharing and learning from each other through collaborative events. The learning communities are free to organize StarT-fairs in which they can share the excitement of learning with others. StarT 2017-2018 culminates in the international StarT gala, where the success of the entire international StarT community is celebrated and the best teams chosen by the StarT jury receive the International LUMA StarT Award 2018. In 2017 these honoured awards were handed out by the minister of education of Finland, Mrs. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

More detailed information about the programme for the year you can find on the StarT website


The Minister of Education of Finland Awarded Top Science Projects of Children And Youths in An International StarT Gala

The International StarT Gala was held on Tuesday May 23rd, 2017 in which three of the top projects made by children and youths all over the world were awarded. The winning teams came from Indonesia, Lithuania and Finland. The Minister of Education of Finland, Ms. Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, handed the awards.

The winning projects have provided ideas on how to prevent motorcycle accidents and how to sort litter, they have also focused on research about space and weather phenomena. In their evaluation criteria, the StarT jury has focused on innovativeness and creativity as well as work-process being evident on the project videos.

The International LUMA StarT Awards were awarded for the first time. It is supported by LUMA Centre Finland, a collaborative organization that promotes science, mathematics and technology education on all grade levels. Over 800 learning communities from 36 countries have participated in the StarT model of LUMA Centre Finland. The President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, is the official patron of StarT.

Mastering skills in mathematics, science and technology has become more important than ever. In many fields, these subjects hold the keys to the future. The StarT participants of today are the ones who build humanity’s future tomorrow.” said Minister Grahn-Laasonen.

The top learning communities, the public’s most voted favourites and the most active country were also awarded at the StarT Gala. In addition, the Finnish National Awards were handed.

The gala was part of the programme for the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017.


The awarded StarTeams

The award for the top StarTeam, International LUMA StarT Award 2017, was awarded to the following teams:

  • SOS glove project, Semesta Billingual Boarding School, Bryan Tanamas, Fachry Adam El-Yaqien Mucharam, Sultan Gemilang Kemadi, Indonesia
  • Nature and environment project, Šiaurės licėjaus, Lina Kiliauskait’s kindergarten group, Lithuania
  • Weather ball project, Veikkola elementary and secondary school, the students of grades 5A + 5B and 7th to 9th graders with the help of Aki Kukkonen, Finland

The public’s most voted projects

In an international public voting in which the International LUMA StarT Award 2017 nominee teams collected likes on YouTube, these teams have been the most popular:

  • Well being project about bread, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Supranee Sitthipairojsakul’s group, Thailand.
  • Protect & live project, Büyükçekmece Atatürk Anatolian High School, Nilgün Erentay’s and Nejdet Köker’s group, Turkey.

The most active countries

The most active countries out of 36 countries participating in the StarT were Turkey and Lithuania. Turkey and Lithuania have registered the most StarTeam projects.


Awarded learning communities

International LUMA StarT Education Award 2017 were awarded to the top three learning communities, the StarT jury had chosen to award:

In the international public voting, in the category of learning communities, the most popular has been Energy Project, Miroslav Anti primary school, Futog, Serbia.


For additional information, please contact the director of the LUMA Centre Finland and the StarT, Professor Maija Aksela, +358 50 514 1450, or project manager Essi Purhonen. Both of them can be contacted via email