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Our mission

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We are dedicated to nurturing the intellectual and practical talents of students aged from Grade 3 to Grade 12 within Lumina Educational Institutions and its partner schools. We aim to inspire and challenge these young minds to develop their research, communication, presentation, time management, collaboration, and creativity skills. Central to our mission is the belief that the future belongs to those who can innovate and solve real-world problems. We strive to raise awareness about critical energy, environmental and social issues that our planet faces and encourage participation in international project competitions with similar missions. We emphasise our commitment to fostering global citizenship and a sense of responsibility towards our planet by aligning firSTep projects with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is firSTep

firSTep Project Competition, organized by Lumina Educational Institutions Education Department, provides a platform for students in grades 3 to 12 to explore their potential and develop essential life skills. It's rooted in project-based learning, allowing participants to choose subjects of interest, fostering creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving. Projects must align with at least one United Nations Sustainable Development Goal. It's a journey of discovery and impact.

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Why firSTep

firSTep Project Competition offers students within Lumina Educational Institutions and its partners a unique opportunity of project-based learning. It focuses on key skills like research, communication, time management, collaboration, and creativity, welcoming students from Grade 3 onwards. It's a stepping stone to responsible global citizenship, aligning projects with UN Sustainable Development Goals. Affiliation with national and international science fair organizations adds prestige. firSTep empowers students to find practical solutions to everyday problems and become changemakers.


Encouraging young minds to explore their creative potential, our fair fosters innovation and imaginative thinking. Participants have the opportunity to dream big, design unique projects, and develop inventive solutions that inspire a love for creative problem-solving.


Our fair promotes the development of research skills in participants as they delve into fascinating scientific and technological topics. Through the process, students learn how to gather information, evaluate sources, and draw meaningful conclusions, enhancing their critical thinking abilities.

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At our fair, students acquire essential presentation skills, learning how to communicate their ideas effectively to both peers and judges. They gain confidence in public speaking and the art of conveying complex concepts in a clear and engaging manner.

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We emphasize the importance of clear and concise communication, as students collaborate with peers, mentors, and judges. They develop the ability to express their ideas, listen actively, and engage in meaningful dialogues, enhancing their overall communication skills.

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Our fair encourages teamwork and collaboration among young participants. Students learn to work together harmoniously, share responsibilities, and appreciate the strengths of each team member. These experiences promote valuable social and interpersonal skills.

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Through the process of planning, executing, and presenting projects, students cultivate effective time management skills. They learn to set goals, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines, which are essential life skills for academic and future endeavors.

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Embrace SDGs, be

Each project undertaken in firSTep Competition must align with at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasizing our commitment to fostering global citizenship and a sense of responsibility towards our planet.


9 Jan - 3 Feb, 2024

Uploading projects - Registration Process

Schools’ Firstep Coordinators upload projects (posters and videos) on the Firstep registration page.

17 Feb, 2024

School Rounds Project Evaluation and Exhibition deadline

Schools complete local evaluations and enter the results on the Firstep evaluation platform.

19 Feb - 29 Feb, 2024

Pre-eliminations of the projects for the Grand Final

Firstep Jury will evaluate the projects registered by the schools.

1 Mar, 2024

Announcement of the finalists

The best 20 projects for each category will be announced on the Firstep Website as the finalists for the Grand Final.

9 Mar, 2024

Grand Final

Online Evaluations for All Categories

  • Students will present their projects to the jury members online through the Zoom video conferencing platform.

  • Parents will be required to sign a GDPR agreement for their children to participate in the competition.

Number of projects for previous years

In previous three years 1,324 projects participated in firSTep.


Total award is € 3,000

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300 lei

for the 3rd place
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400 lei

for the 2nd place
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500 lei

for the 1st place


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Poster 1

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Poster 2

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Poster 3

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