The international StarT gala was held as a part of the Finland 100 celebrations at the University of Helsinki on 23 May. At the gala, awards were presented to the best science projects conducted by children and teens. Tampere3’s higher education institutions were also present to award grants.
Over 800 education communities from 36 countries have taken part in the StarT model by LUMA Centre Finland. Tampere3’s higher education institutions are involved in the StarT model through Tampere’s LUMATE Centre. Tampere’s LUMATE Centre is a part of LUMA Centre Finland.
The International LUMA StarT Awards were now given out for the first time. At the gala, awards were given out to three of the best projects conducted by young scientists from all around the world. The awards for the best star team went to teams in Indonesia, Lithuania, and Finland (Veikkolan yhtenäiskoulu, Kirkkonummi). The awards were presented by Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
“Expertise in mathematics, natural sciences, and technology is now more important than ever. These subjects are key factors in many fields of the future. Today’s StarT participants are the ones who will be building our common future tomorrow,” says Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.
Professor Esa Räsänen, jury member and director of Tampere’s LUMATE Centre, deemed the jury’s task to be a difficult one, as there was a vast amount of different study projects, covering a wide variety of themes, and most of them were very well reported.
“We were most impressed by projects that displayed the students’ own ideas, enthusiasm, and experiments conducted outside the classroom. I believe that these examples will tempt many more to take part next year, and they will encourage both teachers and students everywhere in the world to conduct science projects,” says Esa Räsänen.
Tampere3’s higher education institutions were represented at the gala by Vice President of TUT Petri Suomala, who handed out TAMK, UTA, and TUT grants.
The Tampere University of Applied Sciences grant was awarded to a team of students from the Jalkaranta and Länsiharju schools in Lahti, while Pirkkalan yläaste received an award for best practices. The University of Tampere grants were awarded to Putaanvirta school from Pihtipudas in the young team category and to Tampereen lyseon lukio in the best practices category. The Tampere University of Technology grant was awarded to Orimattilan yhteiskoulu in the young team category and to Köyhäjoki school from Kaustinen in the best practices category.
Text: Sara Riihimäki
Photo: Esa Räsänen