The International StarT Competition

The International StarT Competition is arranged annually to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative project-based learning around the world by the LUMA Centre Finland. The competition invites everyone to join us in sharing the joy of collaborative learning: Learning is sharing!

Application period for competition 2022 is ongoing, please see instructions below and apply by 7th of March.

StarT competition has two categories:

  1. Projects by teams of children and youth
  2. Best educational practices by teachers, instructors and other educators

The projects and the educational practices will be planned and implemented in learning communities such as a class, a school or a kindergarten. The best projects and best educational practices will be awarded annually.

Theme 2022

This year we will not be any specific themes and everyone participates through an interdisciplinary theme “My LUMA” that gives loads of opportunities to teach and learn. LUMA refers to natural sciences, mathematics and technology; and the interaction and cooperation between these disciplines. “My” refers to highlighting the ideas, interest and learning of children and youth. They are our future and we want to make their voices heard! Therefore, the aim is that all projects and educational practices focus on interdisciplinary and student-centred learning that supports students’ 21st century and practice knowledge skills as well as the learning of Science, Mathematics and/or Technology in some way.

Schedule 2022

  • 3.1. -7.3.2022: Apply and report your work (can be different for partner countries)
  • March-April: Jury work
  • 2.5. – 31.5.2022 Public voting on Nominees
  • 13.6.2022 StarT-Gala (announcement of winners)
  • In June: the award trip to Finland (includes participation in the gala)

Please note: the participants from one of our partner countries (or Finland) follow a different schedule for their national selection.

In addition, we hope that you will organize your own StarT Days to share the joy of learning locally. For participants in our partner countries please check for national events such as StarT Festivals from the national office.


  1. The International LUMA StarT Award is awarded to three best StarT student projects internationally
  2. The International LUMA StarT Education Award is awarded to three best educational practices internationally.

The International LUMA StarT Award and Education Award are considered the main prizes of StarT. The winners of these two awards will get a memorable trip to Finland to receive their awards at the gala and an opportunity to present their work at the LUMA symposium (the gala is a part of the LUMA Symposium programme). The award includes travel costs and accommodation in Finland for representatives of the project teams and/or learning communities to be awarded. You can read more about a winning team’s memorable award trip experience in 2017 here.

We will also nominate the public’s favourites in the two categories. They will be given a special honorary diploma. In addition, every learning community participating in StarT will receive a diploma of participation.

Ready to participate?

To participate in the international StarT competition you only need to describe your projects and/or a best educational practice through an online application form during the application period. Please read further instructions from here before filling in the online form.

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