District Event Structure Overview Mar. 27 2018| 0 KB

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Presentation about the District Event Structure Overview.

Youth Protection Program Apr. 11 2018| 0 KB

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FIRST will strive to create an environment in which team members can grow, learn, and have fun with minimal risk of injury. FIRST will strive to inform everyone involved in its programs of its Youth Protection Program (FIRST YPP), and related resources, and provide assistance in meeting its standards. FIRST will maintain a Youth Protection Department (FIRST YPD) at its Manchester, New Hampshire headquarters for the purpose of fulfilling its commitment to protecting youth.

FIRST  Youth Protection Program Guide (6 MB)

Forms (4 MB)

Zip file contains:

  • Consent Team Travel Form
  • Medical Incident Form
  • New Volunteer Application
  • Notification Guidelines Parents Form
  • Non-Medical Incident Form
  • Tracking Documenting YPC Form

FIRST Code of Conduct

Youth Protection Training - Schoology Modules

Training Videos

Keeping Kids Safe - for adults working with youth

Team Safety Meeting Video - High School version

Team Safety Meeting Video - Middle School version

Team Safety Meeting Resources for Ages 6-10

Traffic Light Activity

Surprises vs. Secrets Activity

Buddy System Activity

More information regarding the YPP screening/clearance process and what to expect:

U.S. Screening Process Step by Step  

Canadian Screening Process Video

YPP Frequently Asked Questions

FIRST Alum Spotlight: Cameron Schriner

Mar 27, 2018 Written by FIRST Staff

FIRST Alum Cameron Schriner found lifelong friendships and a passion for helping kids succeed while part of his FIRST Robotics Competition Team 832 Chimera (O.S.C.A.R) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Log and Track your Volunteer Hours

Volunteers can now log and track how many hours they volunteered for FIRST® events (see screenshot below). Logged hours can also be printed by volunteers to provide to schools and employers. To log hours, volunteers must be assigned to the event in the Volunteer Management System by an event coordinator. Hours can be logged and edited for the current season only, but these hours will be saved and available to view in future seasons.

Log into your FIRST Dashboard

Logging volunteer hours

PTC’s Vuforia Chalk lets FIRST teams collaborate in Augmented Reality

Mar 19, 2018 Written by Brian Wachutka, PTC.

Check out PTC's new computer vision and AR platform, Vuforia!

professional development iconFIRST Certified Teacher Trainers

The summer 2018 program is now closed. Please check back after January for information on summer 2019.

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.

FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers participate in a 3-day Certification Training in Manchester, NH. These trainings are generally held in the summer. FIRST offers training courses for potential trainers for FIRST LEGO League Jr, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. Potential trainers may qualify and choose to train for multiple programs. All training courses are free of cost and travel, lodging and reasonable expenses associated with participation will be reimbursed by FIRST.

Upon successful completion of the training, you will be provided with high quality training materials that have been tested and are ready to use. You will become a part of the FIRST Teacher Trainer network where you will connect with other trainers and FIRST staff to continually improve your training skills and share ideas. You will be compensated competitively and expenses covered for any professional development that you provide as a FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer

FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers are not training new coaches but are training teachers to bring FIRST programs into the school setting. To become a FIRST Certified Teacher Trainer, you need to meet the requirements and criteria listed below.

Trainer Requirements:

  • Experience as a coach or mentor of a FIRST team. To become a trainer for FIRST LEGO League Jr. or FIRST LEGO League, an applicant must have experience with at least one of these programs but not both. To become a trainer for FIRST Tech Challenge, an applicant must have experience with FIRST Tech Challenge.
  • K-12 teaching experience at the appropriate grade level(s) associated with the program(s) you want to be certified for. Applicants should have teaching experience at the elementary and/or middle school level to be considered for FIRST LEGO League Jr. or FIRST LEGO League. An applicant should have teaching experience at the middle and/or high school level to be considered for FIRST Tech Challenge.
  • Extensive knowledge of the K-12 educational sector;
  • Ability to navigate within the many areas and requirements teachers face daily; and
  • understand and communicate fluently in English, as all training and training materials are in English.

Join Twitch Partner DeejayKnight on FIRST Twitch Channel starting March 14!

Mar 13, 2018 Written by FIRST Marketing.