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The International LUMA StarT Award and International LUMA StarT Education Award nominees have been chosen

The StarT jury has now made their decision on the ten nominees for the International LUMA StarT Award 2021 and the ten nominees for the International LUMA StarT Education Award 2021. From these nominees, the honorary StarT jury will choose the winners.

The winners will be published in the international StarT gala 9.6. The twenty nominees for the International LUMA StarT Awards were chosen by the StarT jury out of the projects and practices that made it to the public voting. The assessment has been carried out according to the assessment criteria. You can read more about the assessment here. The three project teams receiving the International LUMA StarT Award and the three best practices receiving the International LUMA StarT Education Award will be chosen from these nominees

The International LUMA StarT Education Award 2021 nominees (best educational practice nominees):

  • A PBL Course Exploring Ancient Civilization by Liangfeng primary school, China
  • Curricular projects using the STEAM project-based Learning by ALHuda Secondary School, Palestine
  • Fresh Resource, Fresh Water: The Wutong Mountain Spring Water Protection Plan
    by Yunhai school, China
  • Harvest time by Osman Akça Secondary School, Turkey
  • Manufacture of drawing charcoal by Forssan kuvataidekoulu, Finland
  • Mirrors for Minors and Mirror Experiments by Taipalsaaren kirkonkylän koulu, Finland and Sct. Mariæ Skole, Denmark
  • Protection of Yongding River Old Course in Wetland by Tianjin Yinghua International school, China
  • Recycling of Waste Paper by Fumin Primary School, China
  • STREAM Active Learning through Distance by Al-Rajih School & Kindergarten, Jordan
  • ValsaBIO by Colégio Valsassina, Portugal

The International LUMA StarT Award 2021 nominees (project nominees):

  • Air in my town by OŠ “Miroslav Antić”, Serbia
  • Bio Plastic by Green Revolutioners, India
  • Electronic interactive Silent Carpet for Deaf by Garden of Knowledge Team, Jordan
  • Euch Zitoun 2030 by Euch Zitoun Primary School, Tunisia
  • FOR “YOU” –  SUSTAINABEE by Ari private schools, Turkey
  • Jewelry designer by Yantian institution of Education and Science Kindergarten of Shenzhen, China
  • Mask Minder by Loreto College Mullingar, Ireland 
  • Projekt Neptun by Primarschule Wolfhausen, Switzerland
  • The project of exploring Sha Tau Kok river by Middle school in China
  • Upper secondary students’ climate calculator for greenhouse gas emissions by Haukiputaan lukio, Finland

Congratulations to all nominees! It is a great accomplishment to be chosen amongst the hundreds and hundreds projects and best practices as a nominee. You can find more information of the nominees here.

Amongst these splendid nominees the honorary StarT jury will be making the decision on the winning teams. The honorary StarT jury consists this year of Prof. Maija Aksela (chair person); Prof. Miia Rannikmäe from University of Tartu, Estonia and Associate prof. Coral Campbell from Deakin University, Australia. 

The winners will be announced in the annual StarT gala that will be held virtually this year due to the COVID-19. In the International StarT Gala the three best educational practices will be awarded with the International LUMA StarT Education Award and three projects with the International LUMA StarT Award. The Gala will be held virtually on June 9th as a part of the LUMAT Symposium 2021. Read more about the StarT gala here.

Public’s favourites have been chosen

We have published 61 videos of StarT projects by students and best educational practices by teachers on our Padlet. Now a public voting has been carried out among these videos. We hope that these videos have been inspiration towards project based learning all around the world.

In this season of StarT there were about 1000 learning communities from 35 different countries from all around the world. In the public voting we had 37 projects and 24 practices. Just to be nominated in the public voting is a great achievement itself. You can see videos of projects here and videos of best practices here.

The international public voting has ended on April 15th. Public voting of StarT 2020-2021 was ongoing on our Padlet platform  from the 22nd of March until the 15th of April 2021. During this time everyone had the opportunity to participate by liking their favourite videos. Based on the number of likes the videos received by the 15th of April we have made the decision of public’s favourites. Even though the videos are still available and it is possible to like them, any votes given after the 15th of April have not been taken to account.

Public voting is serving its’ purpose: sharing the discoveries and innovations created by both young people and passionate educators around the world!

The favourite projects of the public

Public’s favourite projects was by the incredible amount of votes, 19 918, Water Rationalization System by WRS youth team from Jordania! Congratulations to the public’s favourite project!

The favourite best practice of the public

The most liked educational practice got 2 722 votes, which is surely impressive! The public’s favourite educational practice is The educational program towards a sustainable society by Aldur Almanthour School from Jordania! Congratulations on your designation as a public’s favourite!

Warm congratulations to public’s favourites for the year 2020-2021!

The annual international StarT gala will be held on 9th of June. There, the best projects and educational practices will be announced. The gala will be held virtually so everyone can participate! Read more about the gala here.

Students looking at projects on laptop.

The StarT Public Voting starts on March 22nd.

The LUMA Centre Finland welcomes everyone to take part in the public voting of StarT 2020-2021. Due to the pandemic the voting starts a little later this year. Videos of the projects and best practices of this season’s StarT will be released on our Padlet on March 22nd.

The StarT programme was launched in 2016 by the LUMA Centre Finland and their collaborators to support the implementation of interdisciplinary project-based learning in accordance to the newest national core curriculum of Finland. StarT is aimed for learning communities ranging from early childhood education to upper secondary schools.

The long-term goal of StarT is to establish the collaborative StarT model into the annual activities of schools and other learning communities. The StarT 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 over 1000 learning communities from over 35 different countries in this season alone.

We have now published the videos of the StarT projects and best practices that the learning created have produced on our Padlet. The videos celebrate the joy of learning and share the excitement of students’ discoveries! Click the links below and vote!

Students’ projects

Teachers’ best educational practices

The goal of the public voting is to share joy and ideas but also to make it possible for everyone to participate. Like the video on our Padlet that in your opinion is the best project or best educational practice. Like that everyone can vote simply by giving a like! The public voting time is from 22nd of March to 15th of April!

Children communicating over a geometric problem.

A free online course on project-based learning will open on the 1st of March 2021

Would you like to get support for designing your own project-based learning unit in line with current research into science education? Would you like to discuss and share ideas with teachers from other countries? 

If you answered yes then this is an opportunity just for you. LUMA Centre Finland, a network of Finnish universities, offers a free online course on project-based learning (PBL) for all teachers and educators from early childhood education to upper secondary schools. 

Very good course, really provide to me important aspects to really apply PBL approach in my courses.

Attendee

The free online course “Project-based learning and the theory behind it – create your own project!” begins on the 1st of March 2021. The course is designed to support the participants in the creation of a project-based unit that is in line with science education research, and you will learn about the essential features of PBL. The course is worth one credit (25h of work), divided across 4-5 weeks.

 I enjoyed a lot in completing assignments for this course. I have already prepared a new project for my students even if pandemics continue.

Attendee

Sign up to the course by filling out an online form here. If you have any questions, please contact us via email info@start.luma.fi

The course is a part of the StarT programme. In StarT students learn together by carrying out interdisciplinary projects related to science, technology or mathematics. The programme  offers support to teachers implementing PBL in their teaching.  

The course is provided by Prof. Maija Aksela (University of Helsinki) and project manager, Outi Haatainen (University of Helsinki) from LUMA center Finland.

Want to know more? Please click on the links below. 

Children looking at the presentation of their StarT-project

The registration to StarT ends this week

The registration to StarT ends this week. You still have time to participate in StarT by registrating by February 14th .
 
You and your students can participate in the international StarT by describing students’ projects and/or the best practice of your learning community. Participate now for a chance to get awards and visibility for your and your students’ innovations! There is already almost 300 learning communities from 31 different countries registered in StarT 2020-2021.

StarT is a programme that offers support for educators in implementing interdisciplinary and collaborative learning. Project-based learning is a great way to let your students explore interesting phenomena and get exciting real-life experiences of science, technology and mathematics.

1. Projects by children and youngsters
StarT projects are made by student teams (3-19 y.o.). StarT projects give teams of children and youngsters a chance to show their expertise, and to make use of their own interests and creativity. To participate we will ask you to share with us a short video describing the project and a concise learning diary.

2. Best educational practices by learning communities
A teacher (or a parent or other educator) can participate in StarT by themselves or together with their colleagues also by describing a best educational practice. A best practice is an educational practice or a model that the learning community has tried and found useful in implementing interdisciplinary and project-based learning or their StarT projects. The best practices should have a link to science, technology or mathematics.

If you have not yet registered in the StarT-program, you can do it with this online form, where you will provide information about your contact details and the project work of children and youngsters and/or the good educational practice that you have implemented.

If you’re already registered as a StarT learning community, awesome!
Those who have already registered report by telling us about the projects/best practice they have implemented through the “group’s open registration link” contained in the confirmation email received at the time of registering. The link has been sent to everyone who has already registered again by email. If the message cannot be found, please email us: info@start.luma.fi.

Read more:

The StarT team will also answer your questions by email: info@start.luma.fi
Welcome to share the joy of learning!

Finnish winter

Happy new year 2021

StarT’s spring season has begun. Spring will be full of joy of learning together. Welcome! 

2021 is the Year of Research-Based Learning in Finland. During the Year of Research-Based Knowledge 2021, different Finnish organisations from associations to educational institutions and from research organisations to enterprises will offer research-based knowledge, actions and events to everyone.

There’s still time to sign up for the 2020-2021 season of StarT! You can apply to the International StarT Competition until 14 February 2021. Participating is done by reporting a good educational practice or project made by your learning community.  If you haven’t registered for StarT yet, you can do it with this online form. If you have already registered, a link can be found in your email. More information about applying and how to do it can be found here.

Here you can see a visual model of StarT process:

StarT is offering an online course again this spring. A free online training on project-based learning is coming in February. You can read about the previous course here. The registering for the course starts in January and all the necessary links will be found from the previous link. 

You can read more about StarT’s events here. StarT wishes everyone joyful learning experiences for the upcoming year!

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Reporting of projects and best practices has begun!

Join us and share the joy of learning by reporting student’s projects or your learning community’s best practice to StarT by the 14th of February 2021. By sharing your work you have a chance to share the joy of learning internationally and even win amazing prizes.

You and your students can participate in the international StarT by describing students’ projects and/or the best practice of your learning community. Participate now for a chance to get awards and visibility for your and your students’ innovations!

StarT projects are carried out in teams consisting of children and youngsters. It is important that the project is a product of the students’ work. However, the teacher or the instructor will naturally support the students throughout the project, but the degree of this support should be adjusted to the age of the students. In the assessment of the project creation we appreciate creativity, innovativeness and a link to one of the StarT themes and to science, technology and/or mathematics. We will also consider how well the project fits its intended purpose. In the assessment of the process we also appreciate the students’ active role in the project, collaboration and the visibility of students’ enthusiasm.

A best practice is an educational practice or a model that the learning community has tried and found useful in implementing interdisciplinary and phenomenon-based learning. In the assessment of best practices we will look at how the best practice demonstrates links to curriculum, cooperation (including cooperation within the teacher community and with other actors outside of the learning community) and innovative approaches for carrying out inquiry-based and/or phenomenon-based learning (including project-based learning). The best practice should also have a link to science, technology and/or mathematics.

How is the reporting done?

If you have not yet registered in the StarT-program, you can do it with this online form, where you will provide information about your contact details and the project work of children and youngsters and/or the good educational practice that you have implemented.

If you’re already registered as a StarT learning community, awesome!
Those who have already registered report by telling us about the projects/best practice they have implemented through the “group’s open registration link” contained in the confirmation email received at the time of registering. The link has been sent to everyone who has already registered again by email. If the message cannot be found, please email us: info@start.luma.fi.

Read more:

Registering is open until February 14, 2021. Welcome to join!

Students creating geometric shapes at StarT festivals

Want to learn more about Project-based learning? – Join our free online course now!

Would you like to get support for designing your own project-based learning unit in line with current research into science education?Would you like to discuss and share ideas with teachers from other countries? 

If you answered yes than this is an opportunity just for you. LUMA Centre Finland, a network of Finnish universities, offers a free online course on project-based learning (PBL) for teachers and educators from early childhood education to upper secondary schools. 

The free online course “Project-based learning and the theory behind it – create your own project!” is now open. The course is designed to support the participants in the creation of a project-based unit that is in line with science education research, and you will learn about the essential features of PBL. It takes about 25 hours of work and four to five weeks to complete the course. Sign up to the course by the 8th of November!

The course is a part of the StarT programme. In StarT students learn together by carrying out interdisciplinary projects related to science, technology or mathematics. The programme  offers support to teachers implementing PBL in their teaching.  

Want to know more? Please click on the links below. 

Young scientists at work in Lappeenranta Finland 2019

Welcome to the new season of StarT!

StarT is a programme organised by LUMA Centre Finland centered on interdisciplinary and phenomenon-based projects, best educational practices and the joy of learning together.

Everyone can participate in StarT: schools, kindergartens, hobby groups, families, experts, organizations, students and businesses. You can find something for everyone in StarT’s diverse activities. Learn more about the possibilities of StarT here.

As of 2016 we have had StarT-participants from over 50 countries. In the previous season 580 project work and 300 educational practices from 27 countries were shared through StarT. The joy of learning and educational practices were shared by 850 learning communities, more than 4 000 teachers and 41 700 children and young people. Check out the best projects as well as the best educational practices from last season!

The Start Gala was held in June 2020 as a virtual one. In the gala well earned awards were handed out to the most successful project teams and teachers. You can watch the gala here.

StarT’s international community offers support and ideas including a material bank full of fantastic projects and practices from previous seasons and online training led by experts at the university to support the implementation of project learning… And then our flagship, an international competition, to which you can participate.

You can participate in the international StarT competition by describing the projects and/or the best practices of your learning community through our online form. The online form will be open for reporting your StarT projects and/or best practices until the 14th of February 2021.

We are also looking for partners to strengthen the StarT community in different countries. As a partner, you represent your own country in international StarT. Interested? You can learn more about the topic here.

StarT gala 2020 hosts Vilma Laiho and Veera Sinikallio

The winners of the international awards of StarT 2020: China, Switzerland, Jordan, Portugal, Finland and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The International LUMA StarT Gala took place on the 4th of June 2020. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the gala was held as a live broadcast. The LUMA Centre Finland awards annually three internationally most distinguished science, technology and mathematics related projects by children and youngsters, and three teachers’ best educational practices at the StarT gala. This year the winners came from China, Jordan, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland and Finland. Read more about StarT here.

The International LUMA StarT Awards were awarded for the fourth time this year. The internationally awarded StarT programme has been organized by the LUMA Centre Finland, a network of Finnish science, technology and mathematics universities, since 2016. So far we have had participants from over 40 countries. In 2019-2020, over 850 learning communities, 4000  teachers and 41 700 children and youngsters have participated in the StarT programme. For the competition we received this year over 580 projects and 300 best practices from 27 different countries.

Indeed, a very interesting and inspiring task; if every task in our working life was this inspiring

Dr. Erik Fooladi, member of the Honorary StarT jury

 

In the winning projects students created e.g. a solar-powered charging station for electric cars and raised awareness in their hometown about the local pollution problem.  The winning best educational practices showed how cooperation between kindergarten and University of Applied Sciences can benefit both sides. When assessing the projects and best practices, the StarT jury has focused on innovativeness, interdisciplinarity, collaboration and creativity.

I am so blown away by the extensive, exciting and relevant work that the learners are engaged with. Oh my, I really loved working with this…. What a beautiful, learning experience…. It just shows what our children can do, given the opportunity. 

Dr. Angela James, member of the Honorary StarT jury

The public’s most voted favourite projects of StarT 2019-2020 were also awarded at the StarT gala. In addition, the Finnish National StarT Awards were handed.

Winners of the International LUMA StarT Award 2020

Best projects by students

  • “An Action Plan to Save the Moldy Books in Yunhai School Library”, Yantian Yunhai School, China
  • “Alternative Solar Energy”, Primarschule Atelier Zwillikon, Switzerland
  • “EcoBiesel”Agrupamento de Escolas de Alcanena, Portugal

Best practices by teachers

  • “Air, Water & Land Pollution”, Children of Sarajevo – Kindergarten “Dunje”, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • “Ihmeellinen ihminen – opitaan yhdessä yhteistyö”, Esiopetus Taipalsaari Kirkonkylän koulu ja LAB ammattikorkeakoulu,  Finland
  • “Integration of Engineering Design in Teaching STEM“, Al Omareyah School, Jordan

Public’s favorites 2020

  • “A robot that mimics the teacher’s function” also known as PIP.01, Alyadodah Secondary School For Boys, Jordan
  • “Improvement of Collection and Processing of Polymeric Wastes in Cities”, Lyceum 4, Ukraine
  • “Chess is a Magic Game”,  School 9, Ukraine

Registration for StarT 2020-2021 is now open!