FIRST Tech Challenge: Virtual Coach Professional Development

During August, 2020 and in collaboration with several FIRST Tech Challenge programs from across North America, we will be hosting a Remote Coach Professional Development. This Professional Development is open to all coaches, new or experienced. 

We hope you find information during this Professional Development to be helpful and beneficial to you and your team(s).

A few important items:

  • All session times are in Central Time (CT)
  • The series of sessions will be recorded and made available after the conference concludes. 
  • Sessions will not include any information about the game or rule changes for 2020-2021. The game and rules, and any changes, will be revealed at Kick-Off on September 12, 2020.
  • Since each region's Public Health Situation and Social Distancing Policies are different, we do not know how the season will be implemented for your specific region. And the season implementation may change mid-season. Information about implementation will be communicated directly from your Program Delivery Partner as the season gets closer.
  • This is for FIRST Tech Challenge coaches & mentors. 
  • Coaches and mentors only need to sign up for the "blocks" they want to participate in. A block is either from 8am-12:45pm AND 1:30pm-5:00pm CT. A coach/mentor can sign up for as few or as many "blocks" as they wish.
  • Check out the draft agenda (as of 06/15/2020) of the Coach Professional Development. A finalized agenda, with session descriptions and speaker information, will be published in July, 2020.
  • Registration is Now Open!

The daily themes for this Professional Development are the following:

  • August 1: New/Rookie Coaches - Ideal for those who received JumpStart grants or who still feel like a rookie coach!
    • Morning Block: Agenda with session descriptions (coming in July, 2020)
    • Afternoon Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
  • August 8: Judging and The Engineering Notebook
    • Morning Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
    • Afternoon Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
  • August 15: Fundraising and Outreach
    • Morning Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
    • Afternoon Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
  • August 22: Building and Programming Resources
    • Morning Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
    • Afternoon Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
  • August 29: The Other Stuff
    • Morning Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)
    • Afternoon Block: Agenda (coming in July, 2020)

Each day will be divided into two blocks:

  • Morning Block: 8:00am-9:00am CT; 9:15am-10:15am CT; 10:30am-11:30am CT; and 11:45am-12:45pm CT;
  • Afternoon Block: 1:30pm-2:30pm CT; 2:45pm-3:45pm CT; and 4:00pm-5:00pm CT

Participants will need to indicate which "block" or "blocks" they would like to attend. After a registration is completed, an email will be sent with a separate link to register for the Zoom session. For security purposes, each Zoom call will have a passcode for that specific block. Please retain the email with the passcode.