StarT promotes interdisciplinary project-based learning – it puts science and technology into a context that is relevant for students and makes learning both exciting and meaningful.

The StarT project promotes collaborative learning by supporting learning communities in the implementation of interdisciplinary project-based learning. In StarT, student teams carry out projects related to science, mathematics and technology. The student projects address the seven StarT themes: everyday life, nature and the environment, programming and robotics, stars and space, mobile toys, the technology around us, and general well-being.

Ideas and the excitement of learning are shared between and within learning communities through science fair events organised by StarT as well as by the learning communities themselves. At the fairs, the students that have carried out the projects get to present their work to others. Student projects will also get visibility through the media that will be following the progress of StarT. The most innovative student projects and ideas are also awarded.

The primary objective of StarT is to implement a new, interdisciplinary and collaborative StarT way of working and thinking that emphasises project-based learning and active collaboration within the learning community. StarT combines inquiry-based learning and project-based learning using an interdisciplinary approach. It also makes use of modern technology as well as other learning environments outside of school.

In addition, StarT promotes an interest-driven approach to science and mathematics in schools, kindergartens, as well as different extracurricular activity groups and families. In addition, it supports girls’ interest towards science, technology and mathematics through creative working methods and fascinating contexts.

StarT is a long-term project that is organised annually.

Basic information

Country: Finland

Coordinator: Luma Center Finland,

Programme: Other

Project Acronym:

Target groups: primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, under school-age kids, vocational school students, youth clubs

Topic: Applied sciences, Biology, Computer science, Chemistry, Earth science, Environmental sciences, Materials science, Medical sciences, Physics, Technology, Education

Start year: 2016


Contact person: Outi Haatainen Email start-info (at)

No information targeted for researchers is available at this moment

Register here to become part of the StarT project.

Your project or activity can be, for example:

  • A small-scale study or a large-scale inquiry;
  • Game, simulation or animation;
  • Drama, play or a musical;
  • Mobile toy or a piece of art;
  • An application or robot;
  • Technology.

You are free to choose your project’s topics – the only requirement for participation is to have a connection of some sort to science or mathematics and the themes of StarT, which are the following:

  1. Everyday Mathematics.
  2. Nature and environment.
  3. Programming and robotics.
  4. Stars and space.
  5. This works: Mobile toys.
  6. Technology around us.
  7. Well-being (health, food, exercise).

Assessment of the projects

The assessment of the projects’ work focuses on creativity, innovative ideas, team work, as well as their overall presentation.

Students’ reflections on their own projects also affect the evaluation. They are to outline what they learned during the project and how well they feel they did.

See more detailed assessment criteria for the projects in this document here.


Assessment of best practices according to online reports

In the assessment of the best practices reported by schools, the focus is on cooperation within the teachers’ community and with other actors. The jury also looks for innovative ways to implement projects and possible StarT-fairs organised at schools.

See a more detailed assessment criteria of best practices in this document here.



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