FIRST Alum Spotlight: Matt Kallerud

Jan 31, 2018 Written by Matt Kalerud FIRST Alum

We caught up with FIRST Alum Matt Kallerudfrom FIRST Robotics Competition Team 1714, MORE Robotics in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Game Piece Availability Challenges

Jan 26, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick

Every year, FIRST Robotics Competition designs a game that includes one or more objects the robots must manipulate, the ‘game piece.’ Many factors go into determining what this game piece will be. We like to change things up from year to year, so the teams are not always dealing with the same types of challenges.

FIRST FAQ Jan. 24 2018| 0 KB

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Frequently asked questions about FIRST.

Materials Master Guide Jan. 24 2018| 0 KB

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The Materials Master Guide explains what you'll need to start your FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. season. 

professional development iconFIRST® Certified Professional Development

Available in the U.S. and select locations in Mexico and Canada

For over 25 years, FIRST has been inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The FIRST Certified Professional Development program is dedicated to helping teachers get the most out of FIRST programs and the accompanying educational resources.

FIRST provides professional development for teachers to acquire or strengthen their facilitation skills for project based learning curriculum and 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving and teamwork in an active learning environment. FIRST Certified Professional Development is a two-day learning experience that will provide teachers with all the tools they need to bring one of the FIRST programs to their classroom or as an extracurricular activity. These professional development programs are led by FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers. Certificates for CEU’s provided at the completion of the 14 hours of training for each FIRST Program.

FIRST Certified Professional Development is available for FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST Tech Challenge and can be offered on site at your location or at one of our centrally located options.

Professional Development - 2018 Sessions


  • Atlanta, Georgia – July 24-25 – North Springs Charter High School
  • Compton, California – August 6-7 – site TBD
  • Manchester, New Hampshire – August 21-22 – FIRST® Place

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FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers

Are you interested in supporting and inspiring teachers to develop their skills while learning to deliver FIRST programs? FIRST is looking for highly qualified, dynamic individuals to become FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers. Learn more.

Develop Ethics Canons before the Crisis

Jan 18, 2018 Written by Liz Calef, FRC Team 88 Mentor & Woodie Flowers Award Winner

Scholarship Provider: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Jan 15, 2018 Written by FIRST Scholarship Provider, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

As a WPI student, you will do much more than study robots – you will build them, interact with them, explore their design and function, and push them to their limits.