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FIRST® @ Home

As a global robotics community that prepares young people for the future, FIRST® is committed to continuing our efforts to give students the skills and confidence they need to change the world – today and tomorrow.

During this challenging time, we know there’s  a lot of information coming at you very fast, from many directions, about how to keep students engaged. To help, we’ve created a place where you can learn about opportunities for online learning/skills development, FIRST supported activities, and provide a place to stay connected to the FIRST community during this global pandemic.

Check back often, as new information and opportunities are added. If you have a resource suggestion please email us at firsteducation@firstinspires.org


Is your team a Force for Change?

Share how your FIRST team is a Force for Change, as well as your team’s favorite moments during the FIRST RISE season, on Twitter and Instagram using #FIRSTFFC. We’ll be collecting your favorite stories on FIRST RISE Rewind . Follow along as we compile these posts from our community around the world. Together, we RISE. 

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Continue to Develop Skills at Home

We've reviewed the following content that will support the continuation of learning and skill development. Activities listed have been chosen carefully and represent an opportunity to build a variety of technical skills, career preparedness and holistic skills to prepare for life - ranging from high tech, to low tech, to no tech. 

 

Click on the + to see offerings. 

Remote Learning Resources

For parents, teachers and coaches to assist with the transition to eLearning and working with teams remotely, these resources are just for you to assist with this collaborative learning environment.
Free and Flexible PreK-12 STEM Activities

Continue to engage students in STEM learning, skill development, and FUN with a 12 session learning series for teachers, parents, and coaches created by FIRST Education. 

Expand the block to get your free activities and download session one content.
  • Start Here - This document outlines the purpose of these activities including the summary of topics and how to use the lesson plan and design brief in various applications. 
     
  • A 12 session learning series for students to continue STEM learning and skill development in a variety of learning environments.
     
Get your Free Activities

  • FIRST LEGO League Discover – Ages 4 - 6, Grades PreK-1
    • Week 1 - Use FIRST Core Values and design and build a tower.

  • FIRST LEGO League Explore – Ages 6 - 10, Grades 2-4
    • Week 1 - Use FIRST Core Values and innovate a way to make machines move.​

  • FIRST LEGO League Challenge – Ages 9 - 16, Grades 4-8
    • Week 1 - Use FIRST Core Values to navigate home in a safe, inclusive way.

  • FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition – Ages 12 - 18, Grades 7-12
    • Week 1 - Use FIRST Core Values to innovate a graphic way to express important  information.
Core Values, Engineering Design, Research, Innovation Projects, and Career Exploration

Do you miss practicing Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® or solving problems. Activities here will challenge you to design creative solutions, explore FIRST Core Values and continue your FIRST journey at home.  

If you missed the live show on FIRSTtv for Galactic Builders LIVE! check it out here.

Host Libby Kamen interviewed animatronics engineer and co-creator of BB-8, Matt Denton, he shared what it’s like building BB-8, his approach to building engineering marvels and how you can get involved in animatronics. Matt also shared a closer look at building his very own D-O, the loveable droid from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and answered questions live!​

  • Summer Camp Ages 10 + FIRST City Under Quarantine, a 5 Day summer camp that can be completed virtually, in person or hybrid.  Created in collaboration with FRC 8027 and Share & Learn.
  • Did you miss the FIRST Virtual Career Panel featuring BAE Systems, BOSCH, & Rockwell Automation?  We've got you covered with wrap-up blog post and recording so you can catch up on all the tips shared by our amazing panelists.

Coding, Programming, and Artificial Intelligence ​

Want to learn a new coding language, brush up on your programming skills or take it to the next level and dive into machine learning.  These resources will help you develop computer science, coding and programming related skills. 
  • Beginner/Intermediate - Scratch - a block-based visual programming language similar to Spike Prime and FIRST Tech Challenge languages - Code interactive stories, animations, and games.
     
  • Beginner/Intermediate - Hour of Code - a variety of tutorials in Python, Java, JavaScript, C++, Block Based.
     
  • Intermediate/Advanced - Machine learning Projects – Explore innovative topics and do projects or hands on challenges.
     
  • Intermediate/Advanced - AP Computer Science A in Java
     
  • Intermediate/Advanced – Teachable Machine – Train a computer to recognize your own images, sounds and poses. Great activities to do at home to practice generating machine learning software from collaboration with our friends at Google.
     
  • Beginner/Intermediate - Our strategic partners at Qualcomm® are Inspiring the next generation of inventors by showing students that they can be part of inventing the wireless world of the future with the Thinkabit Lab™. NEW 8/6/20
Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Before you build, design! Here are some great resources to practice your 3D design and CAD skills, challenge yourself, or work together.
  • Ages 13+, FIRST Tech Challenge/FIRST Robotics Competition – Learn OnShape by PTC or enroll in a training course.
     
  • Ages 11+ Autodesk - Learn, apply and practice using industry recognized tools. Software is free for students and educators. Support for distance learning and self-paced training for students with the design academy.
     
  • Ages 7 + Autodesk Tinkercad - Create, design, and make or code, animate and 3D print a design. Start with the getting started lessons, teachers and coaches – create a class and set activities for your students
     
  • Intermediate/Advanced - Autodesk Synthesis - An Autodesk Technology is an open source robotics simulator built by students for students in FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams.  You can export robot CAD models through plug ins for Inventor and Fusion360 to test designs with driver practice, robot code emulation, strategy and more.
     
  • Solid Professor - SOLIDWORKS wants to help you become the engineers and innovators of tomorrow. That is why we are pleased to sponsor ALL FIRST students and support them with SOLIDWORKS software.  Complete the application to get your access to the all of the SOLIDWORKS learning experiences.
Robot Mechanics and Electronics

If you want to really dive into what makes a robot work, resources here will help you advance your knowledge to design and build better robots.
  • Ages 7 + Autodesk Tinkercad - Design, program and simulate circuits.
    New to electronics? Start with the getting started lessons, teachers, and coaches – create a class and set activities for your students.
STEM & CTE (Career and Technical Education) at Home

Ideas from our blog posts, Pinterest page, and the best from our FIRST friends and partners.
  • FIRST inspires Pinterest - Fun with STEM
     
  • Have LEGO bricks at home? Check out these amazing lessons from our partners at LEGO Education. 
     
  • Download a Reader’s Theater edition of Iggy Peck, Architect (PDF), and visit Questioneers.com for more free activities and resources featuring Iggy Peck and the other Questioners. Also check out the publication day party for the latest book in the Questioneers series.
     
  • Design Squad website from PBS Kids to find videos, games, and projects about engineering for youth, including information about the various parts of the engineering design process
     
  • Step away from the screens to reinforce math skills with Bedtime Math Fun at Home.
     
  • Explore interactive multimedia and STEM activities for the whole family at NASA STEM at home
     
  • FIRST Blog Coding and Robots
     
  • MIT Full STEAM Ahead - collection of resources for teaching and learning online.
     
  • Online resources from MIT open learning
     
  • Ages 13+, FIRST Tech Challenge/FIRST Robotics Competition teams - CTE Coalition of world-class industry partners and CTE organizations such as HAAS, Caterpillar and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
     
  • All Ages – Looking for virtual PE options? UNICEF Kid Power is a FREE dance, yoga and activity video platform to help students feel energized and empowered. Stay connected with your class by assigning Kid Power Ups your students can do at home!
     
  • All Ages – Bring the real-world home by taking students on a journey to places outside their city, country, even planet. These videos transport students to places where innovation meets creativity and shows there is no one path toward success in a STEM career. Explore the latest engineering, technology, and manufacturing at Boeing with these Virtual Field Trips.
     
  • X STEM All Access - entertaining, educational, and interactive online STEM experience for 6-12th graders. Through a series of daily livestream events, students will hear from an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to inspire kids about careers in STEM.
  • Robot Stories STEMinar Series family-friendly webinar about the opportunities in robotics interviewed by students who ask them what the future of robotics will looks like.

  • Architecture, Construction and Engineering are in store for you to ACE this webinar series.  From the Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with our sponsors at Autodesk, this webinar series focuses on the future of construction.