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:

  • Remote – Join a cohort via our new remote learning option that features collaboration through our Thinkscape LMS
  • In person – We come to you for school district sessions which 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

FIRST remote professional development does not focus on delivering the FIRST experience in a remote environment or remote events. 

School District On-Site Training

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

Professional Development FAQs

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Remote Sessions – Get the same hands on learning approach, using our remote collaboration tools. Each cohort will follow the scheduled dates below, choose a cohort that works best for you to join. January and February Cohorts will be available to register starting in November. 

 

Upcoming Sessions

FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1)

$250 per seat


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

Dec. 7 , Dec. 8 & Dec. 9 (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

January Cohort 1 – 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 hours)

Jan. 5, Jan. 6 & Jan. 7 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST

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

Jan. 2 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm

February Cohort 1- one six and a half-hour Saturday; (6 contact hours, 30-minute lunch)

Feb. 6 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST

February Cohort 2 – 3 consecutive two-hour sessions (6 hours)

Feb. 8, Feb. 9; Feb. 10 (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4)

$500 per seat


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

Dec. 7, Dec. 8 & Dec. 9 (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday), 6pm – 8pm EST
Dec. 14 , Dec. 15 & Dec. 16 (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday), 6pm – 8pm EST

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

Jan. 5 & Jan. 7 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Jan. 12 & Jan. 14 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Jan. 19 & Jan. 21 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST

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

Feb. 20 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST
Feb. 27 (Saturday), 10am – 4:30pm EST

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8)

$500 per seat


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

Jan. 4 & Jan. 6 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Jan. 11 & Jan. 13 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Jan. 20 (Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST – Note: NO session scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18
Jan. 25 & Jan. 27 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

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

Feb. 2 & Feb. 4 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Feb. 9 & Feb. 11 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Feb. 16 & Feb. 18 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Feb. 23 (Tuesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12)

$500 per seat


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

Jan. 4 & Jan. 6 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Jan. 11 & Jan. 13 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Jan. 20 (Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST – Note: NO session scheduled for Monday, Jan. 18
Jan. 25 & Jan. 27 (Monday/Wednesday), 7pm – 9pm EST

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

Feb. 2 & Feb. 4 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Feb. 9 & Feb. 11 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Feb. 16 & Feb. 18 (Tuesday/Thursday), 7pm – 9pm EST
Feb. 23 (Tuesday), 7pm – 9pm EST


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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 been canceled, we will be rescheduling for the following locations starting summer 2021. 


FIRST Certified Trainers

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