The registration StarT-competition has begun!

The registration for the StarT competition has begun and will continue until 28th of February 2022. The theme of the competition is My LUMA which refers to natural sciences, mathematics and/or technology. The two series you can participate in are the StarT projects and good educational practices.

What is StarT

In the international StarT, learning communities get support, recognition and awards for carrying out interdisciplinary, collaborative project-based learning.StarT is an exciting and encouraging platform that supports carrying out projects related to science, technology and mathematics. The requirements for the projects allow the learning communities to take advantage of participating in the StarT process in such a way that supports their needs best. The StarT way of working and thinking is based on research and it empowers children and youngsters to use science, technology, mathematics and 21st century skills in order to solve real-life issues related to their own lives and future.

The competition 2022

The theme for the 2022 competition is My LUMA, referring to natural sciences, mathematics and technology. The aim of is that all projects should be interdisciplinary and promote the ideas, interests and knowhow of children and youth. You may approach this theme through students’ own interests or phenomena related to everyday life: First, brainstorm a topic that inspires your team and then dive into the worlds of learning and discovery through your project. For inspiration, you can visit our material bank where we have collected some of the best projects and educational practices from earlier years.

Register for the competition by filling out this form. Tell us about your team of students and your project, or your good educational practice. The registration period for the competition will continues until the 28th of February 2022. 

The students’ StarT projects

Teams of children and adolescents should carry out the StarT project.  The project should be a product of the students’ work, supported by the teacher on a suitable level. The projects will assessed based on how creative and innovative they are. We also appreciate projects that are linked to the theme. The students’ active role in the project is important as well as collaboration and the visibility of their enthusiasm. The project can include cooperation within the teacher community and with other actors outside of the learning community, such as researchers and companies.

An example of a My LUMA themed project from 2021

Air in my town -project by

Best educational practices for project-based learning

A best practice is an educational practice or a model that the learning community has tried and found useful in interdisciplinary and phenomenon-based learning. The best practice should also have a link to science, technology and/or mathematics. In the assessment of best practices, we will look at how the best practice demonstrates links to curriculum and cooperation. We will also be looking for innovative approaches for carrying out inquiry-based and/or phenomenon-based learning.

An example of a best practice from 2021

Manufacturing of drawing charcoal by Forssan Kuvataidekoulu

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