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 person or remotely.  

  • Remote – Join a cohort via our learning option that features collaboration using live remote meeting tools and our Thinkscape LMS
  • In-person – We come to you for school district sessions that 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

School District On-Site Training

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

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Upcoming Sessions - Note: Session registrations close a week prior to the cohort start date. 

FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1)

$250 per seat


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

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

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

October 16 (Saturday) 11:30am – 6:00pm EST

October Cohort 2 – 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 hours) - 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST

October 19 (Tuesday), October 20 (Wednesday), October 21 (Thursday)

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4)

$500 per seat


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​October Cohort  – 6 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3 weeks (12 contact hours) - 7 pm – 9 pm EST

October 12 & 14 (Tuesday/Thursday), October 19 & 21 (Tuesday/Thursday), October 26 & 28 (Tuesday/Thursday)

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8)

$500 per seat


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​October Cohort  – 7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks (14 contact hours) - 7 pm – 9 pm EST

October 13 (Wednesday), October 18 & 20 (Monday/Wednesday), October 25 & 27 (Monday/Wednesday), November 1 & 3 (Monday/Wednesday)

 

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)

$500 per seat


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September Cohort  – 2 seven and a half-hour Saturdays(30-minute lunch) (14 contact hours) - 11:00am – 6:30pm EST

September 25 (Saturday), October 2 (Saturday)

​October Cohort  – 7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks (14 contact hours) - 7 pm – 9 pm EST

October 12 & 14 (Tuesday/Thursday), October 19 & 21 (Tuesday/Thursday), October 26 & 28 (Tuesday/Thursday), November 2 (Tuesday)

 

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 in-person Regional Professional Development Dates have not been determined for summer 2022.   

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