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 three ways. 

  • Remote – Join a cohort via our flexible learning option that features live collaboration using remote meeting tools and includes hands-on learning using your materials.
  • In-Person Regional  – Join us at various locations around the U.S. no need to have your own materials, we provide everything you need.
  • School District On-Site Training  – Custom session to meet the needs, program levels, and educator quantity of your choice.  Pricing may differ from list pricing.  Request a quote. 

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

 

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Upcoming In-Person and Remote Sessions - Note: Session registrations close prior to the cohort start date and remote and in-person have different course descriptions, please read carefully. 

FIRST LEGO League Discover (grades PreK-1) - 6 hours

$250 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

KC STEM Alliance Center in Kansas City, Missouri 

           July 28 (Thursday), 8:30am – 3:30pm CST (60-minute lunch

NASA Stennis Center in Hancock County, Mississippi

           August 30 (Tuesday), 8:30am – 3:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

September Cohort 1 – one six and a half-hour day (30-minute lunch) - 11:00am – 5:30pm EST

September 12th (Monday)

September Cohort 2 – one six and a half-hour day (30-minute lunch) - 11:30am – 6:00pm EST

September 24th (Saturday)

September Cohort 3 – three consecutive two-hour sessions - 7 pm - 9 pm 

September 27th (Tuesday), September 28th (Wednesday), September 29th (Thursday)

October Cohort 1 – one six and a half-hour day (30-minute lunch) - 9:30 am – 4:00 pm EST

October 15th (Saturday)

October Cohort 2 – one six and a half-hour day (30-minute lunch) - 11:30 am – 6:00 pm EST

October 7th (Friday)

October Cohort 3 – Three consecutive two-hour sessions - 7 pm - 9 pm 

October 18th (Tuesday), October 19th (Wednesday), October 20th (Thursday)

 

FIRST LEGO League Explore (grades 2-4) - 12 hours 

$500 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

KC STEM Alliance Center in Kansas City, Missouri

           July 26 (Tuesday), 8:30am – 4:30pm CST (60-minute lunch) and

           July 27 (Wednesday), 8:30am – 2:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)

NASA Stennis Center in Hancock County, Mississippi

           August 29 (Monday), 8:30am – 4:30pm CST (60-minute lunch) and

           August 30 (Tuesday), 8:30am – 2:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)

 


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

September Remote Cohort  6 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3 weeks - (Tuesday/Thursday) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST 

        September 13 & 15, September 20 & 22, September 27 & 29

October Remote Cohort 1  2 six and a half-hour sessions, (Thursday/Friday) 11:00 am – 5:30pm EST

        October 13 & 14

October Remote Cohort 2  2 six and a half-hour sessions, (Saturday) 11:00 am – 5:30pm EST

        October 15 & 22

FIRST LEGO League Challenge (grades 4-8) - 14 hours

$500 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

KC STEM Alliance Center in Kansas City, Missouri

           July 26 (Tuesday), 8:30am – 5:30pm CST (60-minute lunch) and

           July 27 (Wednesday), 8:30am – 3:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)

NASA Stennis Center in Hancock County, Mississippi

           August 29 (Monday), 8:30am – 5:30pm CST (60-minute lunch) and

           August 30 (Tuesday), 8:30am – 3:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

September Remote Cohort  7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks - (Monday/Wednesday) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST 

        September 12 & 14, September 19 & 21, September 26 & 28, & October 3

October Remote Cohort 1  Two seven and a half-hour sessions, (Thursday/Friday) 11:00 am – 6:30pm EST

        October 13 & 14

October Remote Cohort 2  Two seven and a half-hour sessions, (Saturday) 11:00 am – 6:30pm EST

        October 15 & 22

FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12) - 14 Hours

$500 per seat


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In-Person Regional Sessions - In-person course description

KC STEM Alliance Center in Kansas City, Missouri

           July 26 (Thursday), 8:30am – 5:30pm CST (60-minute lunch) and

           July 27 (Friday), 8:30am – 3:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)

NASA Stennis Center in Hancock County, Mississippi

           August 29 (Monday), 8:30am – 5:30pm CST (60-minute lunch) and

           August 30 (Tuesday), 8:30am – 3:30pm CST (60-minute lunch)

 


Remote Sessions - Remote course description.

September Remote Cohort  7 two-hour sessions, 2 days a week for 3.5 weeks - (Tuesday/Thursday) 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST 

        September 13 & 15, September 20 & 22, September 27 & 29, & October 4

October Remote Cohort 1  2 seven and a half-hour sessions, (Thursday/Friday) 11:00 am – 6:30pm EST

        October 13 & 14

October Remote Cohort 2  2 seven and a half-hour sessions, (Saturday) 11:00 am – 6:30pm EST

        October 15 & 22

 

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