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 

FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1)

$250 per seat


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

June 22 (Tuesday), 10:30am – 5:00pm EST

July Cohort  – 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 hours)

July 20 (Tuesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST 

July 21 (Wednesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST 

July 22 (Thursday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST

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

August 28 (Saturday) 11:30am – 6:00pm EST 

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4)

$500 per seat


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

June 23 (Wednesday), 10:30am – 5:00pm EST
June 24 (Thursday), 10:30am – 5:00pm EST

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

July 12 & July 14 (Monday/Wednesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST 
July 19 & July 21 (Monday/Wednesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST 
July 26 & July 28 (Monday/Wednesday), 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST 

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

August 21 (Saturday), 11:30am – 6:00pm EST
August 28 (Saturday), 11:30am – 6:00pm EST

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8)

$500 per seat


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July Cohort  – 7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks  (14 contact hours) *You do not need the new Challenge set materials for this session. 

July 13 & July 15 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
July 20 & July 22 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
July 27 & July 29 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
August 3 (Tuesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

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

August 21 (Saturday), 11:00am – 6:30pm EST
August 28 (Saturday), 11:0
0am – 6:30pm EST

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)

$500 per seat


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

July 12 & July 14 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
July 19 & July 21 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
July 26 & July 28 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
August 2 (Monday), 7pm – 9pm EST

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

August 21 (Saturday), 11:00am – 6:30pm EST
August 28 (Saturday), 11:0
0am – 6:30pm EST

 

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 not been determined for summer 2022.   

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