FIRST® Certified Professional Development

FIRST Certified Professional Development is an immersive learning experience that will help you acquire or strengthen your facilitation skills for project-based learning and 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving, and teamwork in an active learning environment. Each course is led by a FIRST Certified Trainer and provides the necessary tools to bring FIRST programs to your classroom or as a structured afterschool program. Certificates for continuing education or professional development credit are provided following the completion of the session. 


During your chosen session you will use hands-on practice through modeling and demonstration of STEM learning objectives within FIRST programs. Each session is designed to: 

  • Apply and facilitate a project-based learning environment, through active engagement
  • Grow your knowledge, skills, and methods of STEM and playful learning teaching methods
  • Practice student elements of your FIRST program and best practices for implementation
  • Learn changes in teaching practice towards student engagement, interacting with the community and increasing rigor and relevance in your curriculum  


FIRST Certified Professional Development is available in two ways:

  • Remote – Join a cohort via our new remote learning option that features collaboration through our Thinkscape LMS
  • In person – We come to you for school district sessions which are customizable using our quote feature below or you come to us at regional sessions held at various locations around the U.S.


Program Levels and Pricing

  • FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1) – 1 Day $250 per seat
  • FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4) – 2 Days $500 per seat
  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8) – 2 Days $500 per seat
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) – 2 Days $500 per seat

FIRST remote professional development does not focus on delivering the FIRST experience in a remote environment or remote events. 

School District On-Site Training

Custom session to meet the needs, program levels, and educator quantity of your choice. Request a quote.

Professional Development FAQs

Teachers at a robotics workshop

Remote Sessions – Get the same hands on learning approach, using our remote collaboration tools. Each cohort will follow the scheduled dates below, choose a cohort that works best for you to join. January and February Cohorts will be available to register starting in November. 

 

Upcoming Sessions (Summer dates coming in April, 2021) 

FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1)

$250 per seat


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Spring Cohort  A – 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 contact hours)

April 20, 21, and 22 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST

Spring Cohort  B – one six and a half-hour Saturday (30-minute lunch) (6 contact hours)

May 15 (Saturday), 11am - 5:30pm EST

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4)

$500 per seat


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February Cohort– 2 six and a half-hour Saturdays(30-minute lunch) (12 contact hours)

Feb. 20 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST
Feb. 27 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST

Spring Cohort A – 6 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3 weeks (12 contact hours)

April 19 & April 21 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST 
April 26 & April 28 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
May 3 & May 5  (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

Spring Cohort B – 2 six and a half-hour Saturdays(30-minute lunch) (12 contact hours)

April 24 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST
May 1 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8)

$500 per seat


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Spring Cohort A –7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks (14 contact hours)

April 13 & April 15 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
April 20 & April 22 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
April 27 & April 29 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
May 4 (Tuesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

Spring Cohort B – 2 seven and a half-hour Saturdays(30-minute lunch) (14 contact hours)

April 24  (Saturday), 10:30am – 6pm EST
May 1 (Saturday), 10:30am
 – 6pm EST

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)

$500 per seat


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Spring Cohort A –7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks (14 hours)

April 12 & April 14 (Monday/Wednesday), 7:30pm – 9:30pm EST
April 19 & April 21 (Monday/Wednesday), 7:30pm – 9:30pm EST
April 26 & April 28 (Monday/Wednesday), 7:30pm – 9:30pm EST
May 3 (Monday), 7:30pm – 9:30pm EST

Spring Cohort B – 2 seven and a half-hour Saturdays(30-minute lunch) (14 contact hours)

April 24  (Saturday), 11am – 6:30pm EST
May 1 (Saturday), 11
am – 6:30pm EST


Learn more about FIRST Certified Professional Development and how to register

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In Person Regional Professional Development

Regional professional development sites have been strategically selected based on their additional connections to educational learning opportunities.
*At this time all In person Regional Professional Development Dates have been canceled, we will be rescheduling for the following locations starting summer 2021. 


FIRST Certified Trainers

We are not accepting new applications at this time.