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:

  • Regional Sessions – Open to any participant, held at various locations in US
  • School District Sessions Custom session to meet the needs, program levels and educator quantity of your choice.


Regional Sessions

  • FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1) – 1 Day (6 hours) $250 per seat
  • FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4) – 2 Days (12 hours) $500 per seat
  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8) – 2 Days (14 hours) $500 per seat
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) – 2 Days (14 hours) $500 per seat
     

Teachers at a robotics workshop

Upcoming Trainings

Summer regional professional development sites have been strategically selected based on their additional connections to educational learning opportunities.
Register for one of the trainings listed below

NASA Stennis Space Center, Mississippi:  August 2020
  • FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1) - Friday, August 28, 2020
  • FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4) - Thursday-Friday, August 27-28, 2020
  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8) - Thursday-Friday, August 27-28, 2020
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) - Thursday-Friday, August 27-28, 2020
LEGOLAND, Winter Haven, Florida: October 2020
  • FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1) - Friday, October 23, 2020
  • FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4) - Thursday-Friday, October 22-23, 2020
  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8) - Thursday-Friday, October 22-23, 2020
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) - Thursday-Friday, October 22-23, 2020
AUTODESK, San Francisco, California: postponed, new date TBD

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Learn more about our regional offerings and be the first to know when additional trainings are announced.
 

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School District Sessions

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

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FIRST Certified Trainers

We are not accepting new applications for 2020, please check back after January 2021.