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 Remote 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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December Cohort 1 – one six and a half-hour day (6 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 11:30am – 6:00pm EST

December 4 (Saturday)

December Cohort 2 – one six and a half-hour day (6 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 8:30am – 3:00pm EST

December 6 (Monday)

January Cohort 1 – one six and a half-hour day (6 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 9:30am – 4:00pm EST

January 14 (Friday)

January Cohort 2   – Three consecutive two-hour sessions (6 contact hours)  7:00pm – 9:00pm EST

January 18 (Tuesday),  January 19 (Wednesday), and January 20 (Thursday)

January Cohort 3 – one six and a half-hour day (6 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 11:30am – 6:00pm EST

January 29 (Saturday)

February Cohort    – Three consecutive two-hour sessions (6 contact hours)  7:00pm – 9:00pm EST

February 1 (Tuesday),  February 2 (Wednesday), and February 3 (Thursday)

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4)

$500 per seat


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January Cohort  – six two-hour sessions, two days a week for three weeks (12 contact hours) - 7 pm – 9 pm EST
January 18 & 20 (Tuesday/Thursday), January 25 & 27(Tuesday/Thursday), February 1 & 3 (Tuesday/Thursday)

February Cohort  – two six and a half-hour days (12 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 11:30 am – 6:00 pm EST

February 19 & 26 (Saturday)

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8)

$500 per seat


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January Cohort  – seven two-hour sessions, two days a week for 3.5 weeks (14 contact hours) - 7 pm – 9 pm EST
January 18 & 20 (Tuesday/Thursday), January 25 & 27(Tuesday/Thursday), February 1 & 3 (Tuesday/Thursday), and February 8 (Tuesday)

February Cohort  – two seven and a half-hour days (14 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 11:30 am – 6:00 pm EST

February 19 & 26 (Saturday)

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)

$500 per seat


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January Cohort  – seven two-hour sessions, two days a week for 3.5 weeks (14 contact hours) - 7 pm – 9 pm EST
January 19 (Wednesday), January 24 & 26(Monday/Wednesday), January 31 & February 2 (Monday/Wednesday), and February 7 & 9 (Monday/Wednesday)

February Cohort  – two seven and a half-hour days (14 contact hours,30-minute lunch) - 11:00 am – 6:30 pm EST

February 19 & 26 (Saturday)

 

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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FIRST Certified Trainers Application Now Open

We are seeking ten dynamic individuals to join our existing cohort of FIRST Certified Trainers.  Certified trainers deliver professional development for FIRST programs. We provide  STEM professional development related to FIRST programs and curriculum in all 50 U.S. States and Canada. Application closes February 4th, 2022. 

Apply here as a FIRST Certified Professional Development Trainer