The 2018 FIRST Championship Conferences will be held on Wednesday April 25 - Friday, April 27 in Detroit, MI. They are free of charge and open to all.
FIRST®is excited to announce that we are accepting presentation proposals for the annual FIRST Championship Conferences. We are looking for presentations on topics of interest to FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams, coaches, mentors, educators, parents, and prospective leaders. You may present individually or as part of a group. Please direct questions to FIRSTEducation@firstinspires.org.
We encourage presentations in all technical and non-technical areas of FIRST programs. The 2018 FIRST Championship Conferences will offer the following tracks (or a series of sessions based on a common theme):
- Programming, designing, building
- Training on specific software or hardware
- Innovations from the field — engineering, programming, technology
- Recruiting mentors/volunteers
- Fundraising, marketing, conflict resolution, student leadership
Scholarship & Alumni
- Career preparation and job opportunities
- Staying involved with FIRST after graduation
- Alumni organizations (i.e. FIRST Alumni group at your university)
- Alumni success stories
- Bringing FIRST programs into the classroom
- Educational benefits of FIRST programs
- Educational impact of FIRST programs
- How do FIRST programs support best practices in education? (project based learning, growth mindset, competency-based learning, 21st century skills, etc.)
- School/district/community culture shifts associated with FIRST programs
Diversity & Inclusion
- Increasing participation of girls and underrepresented populations in FIRST programs or STEM programs/fields
- Cultivating talent and promoting the full inclusion of excellence across the social identity spectrum
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Product development and implementation for innovations
- Bringing your product to market
- Design thinking
- Creating a team culture of innovation
- Start-up success stories
- Business model canvas/business planning/value proposition
- Pitching your ideas
Session (50 minutes in length) — A good session covers one topic in depth, rather than giving an overview of many topics.
Workshop (110 minutes in length) — Workshops cover topics and skills that are important the FIRST community — recent changes, new approaches, and timely content — and also provide substantive training and opportunities for practice and critical discussion.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a presentation in Houston or Detroit, please submit your idea on or before Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by filling out a short application. FIRST will provide a laptop and projector for each presentation. Any additional equipment will be the presenter’s responsibility to provide. Please note that travel and accommodations will not be provided by FIRST.