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Conferences Detroit

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):

Technical Resources

  • Programming, designing, building
  • Training on specific software or hardware
  • Innovations from the field — engineering, programming, technology

Mentor/Coach Resources

  • 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

Education

  • 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
  • Entrepreneurship
    • Start-up success stories
    • Business model canvas/business planning/value proposition
    • Pitching your ideas

Session Format
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.

Proposals
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.