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 three ways. 

  • Remote – Join a cohort via our flexible learning option that features live collaboration using remote meeting tools and includes hands-on learning using your materials.
  • In-Person Regional  – Join us at various locations around the U.S. no need to have your own materials, we provide everything you need.
  • School District On-Site Training  – Custom session to meet the needs, program levels, and educator quantity of your choice.  Pricing may differ from list pricing.  Request a quote. 

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

 

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Upcoming In-Person and Remote Sessions - Note: Session registrations close prior to the cohort start date and remote and in-person have different course descriptions, please read carefully. 

FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1) - 6 hours

$250 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

New Dates Coming Soon; check Back in February/March for Summer 2024 Dates and Locations

 


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

 

January 2023 Remote Cohort 1 – one six and-a-half-hour day (6 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           January 14 (Saturday), 11:30 am – 6:00 pm EST

January 2023 Remote Cohort 2 – 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 contact hours)

           January 17 (Tuesday), 7 pm – 9 pm EST, January 18 (Wednesday), 7 pm – 9 pm EST, January 19 (Thursday), 7 pm – 9 pm EST

January 2023 Remote Cohort 3 – one six-and-a-half-hour day (6 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           January 27 (Friday), 9:30 am – 4:00 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 1 - 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 contact hours)

           February 7 (Tuesday), 7 pm – 9 pm EST,  February 8 (Wednesday), 7 pm – 9 pm EST, February 9 (Thursday), 7 pm – 9 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 2 – one six-and-a-half-hour day (6 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           February 13 (Monday), 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 3 – one six-and-a-half-hour day (6 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           February 25 (Saturday), 11:30 am – 6:00 pm EST

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4) - 12 hours 

$500 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

New Dates Coming Soon, Check Back in February/March for Summer 2024 Dates and Locations

 


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

 

January 2023 Remote Cohort 1  6 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3 weeks (12 hours)

          January 17 & January 19 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST           January 24 & January 26 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST           January 31 & February 2 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 1  – 2 six and a half-hour day (12 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           February 16 (Thursday), 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST, February 17 (Friday), 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST

February Remote Cohort 2 – 2 six and a half-hour day (14 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

            February 18 (Saturday), 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST             February 25 (Saturday), 11:00 am – 5:30 pm EST

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8) - 14 hours

$500 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

New Dates Coming Soon; check Back in February/March for Summer 2024 Dates and Locations


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

 

January 2023 Remote Cohort   7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3 weeks (14 hours)

           January 17 & January 19 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST            January 24 & January 26 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST            January 31 & February 2 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

          February 7 (Tuesday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 1– 2 seven and a half-hour day (14 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           February 16 (Thursday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST, February 17 (Friday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST

February Remote Cohort 2 – 2 seven and a half-hour day (14 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

            February 18 (Saturday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST             February 25 (Saturday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) - 14 Hours

$500 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

   New Dates Coming Soon; check Back in February/March for Summer 2024 Dates and Locations

 


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

January 2023 Remote Cohort  7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3 weeks (14 hours)

           January 18 (Wednesday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST            January 23 & January 25 (Monday/Wednesday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST            January 30 & February 1 (Monday/Wednesday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

          February 6 & February 8 (Monday/Wednesday), 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 1 – 2 seven and a half-hour day (14 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           February 16 (Thursday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST            February 17 (Friday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST

February 2023 Remote Cohort 2 – 2 seven and a half-hour day (14 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

           February 18 (Saturday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST            February 25 (Saturday), 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST

 

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