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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.

FIRST at Home is your source to learn about opportunities for STEM skill development, FIRST supported activities, and unique events in the FIRST community. Learn more the resources and solutions developed for FIRST programs due to the COVID-19 impact to the 2020-2021 season.


Game On: WPI Launches Virtual Challenge to Design a FIRST-Inspired Video Game

FIRST Game Jam, a NEW, fun, and interactive competition to build STEM skills through robotics and video game design. Read press release.

Learn more about FIRST Game Jam

 

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. 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. 

Download sample lessons for each level and then click button to access the full series. 

  • 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.
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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.
  • Gracious Professionalism® Check-In - One of the philosophies at the heart of FIRST is Gracious Professionalism® , this resource is a template to use for your FIRST team meetings or in a FIRST classroom to ensure all students have a platform to share and be heard, even in a remote environment.

  • Need professional development related to remote learning?  Our friends at Ariel have two courses to make your remote classroom or remote team a model of best practices. 
    Registration code: first-at-home
     
  • Parents’ Guide for managing FIRST at Home - Within this guide, you will find resources to help you and your child develop and implement time management with a Core Values mindset at home.
     
  • AWS Educate is supporting the transition to remote learning with webinars and more for educators, by educators
Career Exploration

Activities here focus on STEM careers & educational paths with FIRST and exciting collaboration projects with our friends and partners.  

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!​

  • 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.

  • 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.
     
  • 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.
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/AdvancedTeachable 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® Thinkabit Lab™ are Inspiring the next generation of inventors by showing students that they can be part of inventing the wireless world of the future.
     
  • Meet Ashley and Abakir, two #AmazonFutureEngineer Scholarship winners and #FIRST alumni, as they introduce this year’s Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge! Learn to code and complete the challenge this fall for a chance to win $250 for your team. Learn more: AmazonFutureEngineer.com/CyberRobotics
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.
     
  • Improve your SOLIDWORKS Skills and design automation knowledge with the Free DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification. This is free to all students who have access to SOLIDWORKS.

    Then take your design automation and SOLIDWORKS skills to the next level with the DriveWorks Solo Certification. As a FIRST Robotics Competition Supplier Sponsor, all FIRST Robotics Competition teams are invited to request a free 12-month license of DriveWorks Solo.  DriveWorks Solo allows students to quickly and easily create and configure variations of models directly inside of SOLIDWORKS. 

STEM & CTE (Career and Technical Education)

The world of STEM and CTE await your discovery!  Check out the amazing resources we have compiled to guide you on your FIRST journey.
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • MIT Full STEAM Ahead - collection of resources for teaching and learning online.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Our friends and former Alumni at Playful Learning Lab  are all about working together to create engaging, hands-on experiences for students and educators, with a focus on play.
     
  • The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) welcomes K-12 students to join SWENext to become a part of the engineering community. SWENext provides ongoing newsletters, quality programming, social media challenges, and access to engineers to empower students to prepare for engineering and technology careers. Joining is free, visit swenext.swe.org.
     
  • The SWENext High School Leadership Academy (SHLA) provides year-round programming to inspire high school students to pursue engineering and technology careers. SHLA provides students with learning opportunities in five learning paths: leadership development, STEM pathways, college preparation, self-development, and inclusion and cultural awareness. SHLA also offers opportunities to engage with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) community first-hand through networking, coaching, and mentoring to learn techniques to pursue STEM careers.

If you have a resource suggestion please email us at firsteducation@firstinspires.org