9th Annual U.S. Air Force / FIRST® Leadership Experience for FIRST Teachers & Mentors

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The U.S. Air Force develops leaders of remarkable character and vision. For the 9th year, the U.S. Air Force is offering a unique three-day leadership program providing FIRST mentors with hands on leadership training taught by Air Force personnel.

Throughout the three-day experience, mentors will attend lectures, take part in team building exercises, and tour a local Air Force Base. The Air Force will select a group of 24 teachers and mentors from FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams who are helping inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.

As of now, USAF is planning to host this event in July but will continue to evaluate and will adjust the date as needed to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants.

When:  July 14 – 18, 2020; Dates could be subject to change based on Air Force operational missions/priorities.

Where:  Patrick Air Force Base; Cocoa Beach, Florida

The U.S. Air Force/FIRST Leadership Experience is at no cost to the 24 selected teachers/mentors. All travel costs within the continental United States (airfare, lodging, meals) are paid by the U.S. Air Force.

*Please note the workshop dates will most likely have one travel day before and one travel day after the 3-day seminar*

Participation Agenda:
July 14th          Travel to Cocoa Beach, Florida for all mentors
July 15th          Leadership Experience
July 16th          Leadership Experience   
July 17th          Leadership Experience      
July 18th          Travel home for all mentors

Who is Eligible:
FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition mentors who are K-12 teachers and/or educators who live within the continental United States. Please note- there are no exceptions on the applicant living within the continental United States. This is due to specific government budgetary parameters within the program.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to commit to the full workshop
  • Must be able to travel to the event from within the U.S.
  • Must not have participated in this leadership experience in previous years
  • Must not be involved or affiliation with other military branches
  • Open to US Citizens only due to base restrictions

How to Apply:

  • Apply online.
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 15th, 2020.
  • As part of your application, you will have the opportunity to describe in 300 words or less how you have found a better way to get students excited about science and technology, and what innovative techniques you use to help kids learn and stay motivated. 

Selection Process:

  • A selection committee will review all applications and select the mentors who will receive an invitation to attend the USAF/FIRST Leadership Experience
  • Chosen applicants will be named by Friday, May 22nd, 2020.
  • A GSD&M representative will contact chosen applicants on behalf of the U.S. Air Force

For questions, please contact Brittany Keegan at brittany.keegan@gsdm.com.

2019 U.S. Air Force Leadership Training Experience


Disclaimer:  The Department of Defense is undergoing reviews that may require the Air Force to cancel this event at a moment’s notice. It is the Air Force’s intent to hold this event unless directed to cease all actions. The Air Force believes this event is worthwhile and provides long-term benefits that help develop future leaders. If the event is canceled, you will be notified immediately.