The international StarT has two award categories.

1) The International LUMA StarT Award

is awarded to three best StarT student projects internationally, and

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 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 the team.  You can read more about a winning team’s memorable award trip experience in 2017 here.

We will also nominate the public’s favourites and the most active country. They will be given a special honorary diploma.

Every StarT participant will receive a diploma of participation.


The assessment is done by the StarT jury. When the reporting period ends, the StarT jury will go through all the reported projects and best practices. The evaluation is based on the information provided in the reporting form by the end of the deadline. No information can be added or changed after the deadline. Submissions not meeting the criteria will not be assessed (see the instructions here for projects and best practices).

The StarT jury will decide which of the videos continue on to the public voting. After the public voting, the StarT jury will decide the nominees for the International LUMA StarT awards. The nominees will be decided from the videos that made it to the public voting. The winners of the International LUMA StarT awards will be decided out of the nominees, and the winners will be announced at the gala.

Assessment of project work

The following aspects of the projects will be considered:

  • the process described in the project diaries
  • the project creation
  • the presentation of the project creation

In the assessment of the process we appreciate the students’ active role in the project, collaboration and the visibility of students’ enthusiasm.

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 presentation of the project creation we will assess the video (max 3 min). We appreciate videos where we can see the students’ input in the planning and implementation of the project. The focus is on innovative ways to present the qualities and applications of the project creation.

Read more about projects here. 

Assessment of best practices

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.

It is important that you describe your best practice in such a way that it is easy for other teachers to replicate it in their lessons (much like “a recipe” to your best practice).

The jury will assess the best practices on the basis of the video (max 3 min) and the written description of the best practice. The video can e.g. include a description of your innovative StarT Day.

Read more about best practices here.