FIRST Tech Challenge Professional Learning

1 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for DoDEA Participants Only

The FIRST ® Tech Challenge professional development course gives attendees a strong understanding of how to implement the FIRST Tech Challenge program and how to achieve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning objectives. In FIRST Tech Challenge, students learn to think like engineers. Teams design, build, and program robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams with a spirit of friendly competition. Many call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Participants in this course will walk in the footsteps of the students as they engage in these hands-on experiences and practice engineering principles such as keeping an engineering notebook.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for FIRST Robotics Coaches.

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What You Will Learn

  • Participate in the FIRST experience from a student’s point of view
  • Explore the essential components of the FIRST Tech Challenge program
  • Feel comfortable using hardware and software components of FIRST Tech Challenge robotics kits such as TETRIX and REV
  • Understand how to code using Blockly programming software
  • Learn how to facilitate hands-on activities for the classroom or after-school programs
  • Collaborate with other participants and share best practices
  • Be able to foster computational thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills in students
  • Have experience with Project-Based Learning, the Engineering Design Process, and 21st ?Century Skills
  • Implement Diversity and Inclusion practices
  • Utilize, model, and reinforce the FIRST Core Values


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.