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 be given a memorable trip to Finland to receive their awards at the gala and to present their work at the LUMA symposium.

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 be ignored.

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 assessment of the project work focuses around creativity, innovative ideas, collaboration, as well as the presentation of the projects.

The reflections of the students about their own projects also affect the evaluation. They are to outline what they learned during the project and how well they feel they did.

Check out more detailed assessment criteria for the projects here.
Read more about project work in StarT here.


Assessment of best practices

In the assessment of the best practices reported by schools the focus is cooperation within the teacher community and with other actors outside of the learning community. We appreciate a “recipe” like description of the best practice, so that others can easily replicate your well-working model. The jury is also to look for innovative ways to implement projects and possible StarT-Days and StarT-Fests organized at schools and kindergartens.

Check out more detailed assessment criteria of best practices here.
Read more about StarT best practices here.


The grand prize includes a memorable trip to Finland

The teams winning the grand prize of StarT will be given as their prize a trip to Finland to receive their awards at the gala and to present their work at the LUMA Symposium (the gala is part of the LUMA Symposium programme). This grand prize is given to the teams receiving the International LUMA StarT Award or the International LUMA StarT Education Award. The award includes travel costs and accommodation in Finland for the team. 

Is your team the next to win the International LUMA StarT awards? You can read more about a winning team’s memorable award trip experience in 2017 here.