Please read through the rules of participation in the StarT competition. Content:

  1. General principles 
  2. Educational practices by teachers, instructors and other educators 
  3. Project works by children and youth

1. General principles

You can participate in the competition through an online form, which will be completed in English unless specifically requested otherwise (please note the rules for projects and practices below). You may use someone from the outside of the learning community to do the translations (the summaries and subtitles) in English. The assessment is based on the information provided via the online form by the reporting deadline. No information can be added or edited after the reporting deadline.

You participate in the competition as a learning community that is represented by an adult contact person (e.g. a teacher or a principal). A learning community can be for example a kindergarten, school, high school, vocational school or a single group of learners such as a class, a course or a club, including groups from liberal education.

A learning community can participate in StarT with a project by children and youngsters (one or more) and a best educational practice (one per learning community) or with just one of these. Exactly the same project or best practice cannot be used to participate in StarT on multiple years. A learning community cannot use exactly the same video to report a best practice and a project. If the same video is used to report both of them, only one of them can be considered in the assessment. In this case the jury will decide whether the work should be considered as a best practice or a project.

If the project/best practice submissions do not follow the criteria outlined in the rules of the StarT competition, the jury will not consider them in the assessment.

The competition has two categories:

  1. Project works by teams of children and youth
  2. Educational practices by teachers, instructors and other educators from early childhood education to higher education 

A learning community can participate with projects (one or more) and a best educational practice (one per learning community) or with just one of these. In addition to these general principles there are category specific rules of participation. 

The assessment is based on the information provided via the online form by the reporting deadline. 

It is the responsibility of the contact person to ensure…

  • The provided information is accurate 
  • The shared links are working (the linked material have to be accessible at least until 30.6.2022.
  • Information and materials do not contain any material that violates copyright or other regulations/laws 
  • Materials (especially images and videos) have been published or may be published under a CC-BY-SA license 

If a learning community do not follow the rules outlined in this document, they may be disqualified from the competition. This is only done if the situation cannot be corrected or resolved otherwise. 

By participating in StarT you will give LUMA Centre Finland the right to use the information provided via the online form. The right to use the information and contents extends to the media used by LUMA Centre Finland, the trainings offered by LUMA Centre Finland and the research carried out by LUMA Centre Finland.

Copyright and Access Rights:

Property rights and copyrights of projects and practices belong to the authors. The competition organizers (LUMA Centre Finland network) will receive non-exclusive access to all projects, practices and material provided by the competition participants for an unlimited period. The Access Right includes the right to use, copy, and edit or commission changes without consideration, and to publish material in any way they please. 

2. Educational practices

Only one educational practice per learning community can be submitted to the competition. A good educational practice is a teaching method, a model, a work instruction or an idea that the learning community has tried and found useful in implementing interdisciplinary and phenomenon-based learning, or project-based learning. 

The following rules apply for practices in addition to the general rules of participation: 

  • One best practice/learning community
  • The requirements for a best practice:
    • The practice must include collaboration between e.g. the teachers within the learning community and/or with partners from the outside of the learning community.
    • The practice must include a video that describes the best practice. The video can be spoken in native language, however the subtitles must be provided in English. (NB: The same video cannot be used to report a best practice and a StarT project. Maximum length of the video is 3 minutes.)
    • The report of the practice must include a written description in English (length. 2000-5000 characters) about the best practice that allows other teachers to easily repeat the best practice (i.e. a “recipe” to the best practice).
  • A learning community can report a completely new best practice or one that has been used for years as long as the best practice has not been shared previously through StarT competition.

3. Projects by children and youngsters

Projects are made by student teams consisted of children and youngsters. The project work should highlight the role, competence and ideas of children and youth as the authors of the project work.

The following rules apply for projects in addition to the general rules of participation: 

  • Age: 3-19 years old
  • The projects must be carried out in teams (minimum size: 2 children/youngsters)
  • The requirements for a project:
    • The project is carried out by the team members (children and youngsters). Support from the teacher/instructor is naturally allowed, but the degree of this support should be adjusted to the age of the students.
    • The project relates to science, technology or mathematics – and all of these (and other subjects) can of course be combined.
    • The submission of the project includes a project creation (form free of choice), a project diary and a short video about the project (maximum length 3 minutes, can be 20 sec also).
    • Children and youngsters can speak in their native language, which means that they can write their learning diaries and speak on the video in their native language. However, for the jury to be able to assess the project, you must at least provide a summary of the diary in English and add subtitles to the video in English.
  • You can participate with projects that have been ongoing at some point during the years 2021 and 2022.
  • Your project doesn’t have to ready to participate. Ongoing projects with a plan is enough.