Workshops and Conferences

2015 FIRST Championship Conferences

FIRST Championship, St. Louis, MO  |  April 22nd-24th

FIRST is excited to announce the twelfth annual FIRST Championship Conferences.  We will provide a series of sessions on topics of interest to FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League Teams, Coaches, Mentors, Students, Volunteers, and prospective participants.

Conference Goals

Educate:  provide information tol help guide participants to success in FIRST and their future goals

Inspire:  showcase community members who are making strides in the FIRST programs and STEM fields

Build Community:   create a space for participants to share stories, experiences, and best practices

Conference Tracks

The 2015 FIRST Championship Conference will offer the following tracks- or a series of sessions based on a common theme:

  • Alumni:  preparing for college, scholarships, internships, staying involved with FIRST
  • Technical Resources:  programming, designing, and building robots
  • Mentor/Coach Resources:  recruiting mentors/coaches, fundraising, marketing, team management, developing student leadership

Conference Session Formats

The 2015 FIRST Championship Conference will offer the following formats:

  • Conference Main Stage:  a select number of sessions that will provide an opportunity for leaders in FIRST and STEM to present their experiences to a large audience
  • Conference Sessions:  smaller sessions designed to provide an interactive experience, such as hands-on demonstrations, round-table conversations, group activities, etc.

Presenter Information

You may present individually or as part of a group. FIRST will provide a laptop and projector for each presentation. Any additional equipment will be the presenter’s responsibility to provide. Selected proposals will presented at the conference in St. Louis on April 22nd - 24th.  Please note that travel and accommodations will not be provided by FIRST

2015 Propsoals

We encourage presentations in all technical and non-technical areas of FIRST programs. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a presentation in St. Louis, please submit your idea in this online application by Monday, January 5, 2015

Past Presentations

This list shows some examples of topics that teams have found useful. Please don’t limit your proposal to the topics on this list. We welcome any innovative ideas that help to educate, inspire, or build community among FIRST participants.

  • Robot design tools and strategies (design software, programming languages)
  • How to lead a sustainable FIRST team
  • Marketing tips and advice for teams (fundraising, budgeting, finding sponsors)
  • Preparing for college (applications, essays, interviews, scholarships)
  • Team organization
  • Inspiring student leadership
  • Progression within FIRST programs (example: transitioning from FLL to FTC)
  • How to recruit and retain volunteers and mentors/coaches


2014 FIRST Championship Conferences Recordings

Thank you to the students and staff at Worcester Polytechnic Institution (WPI), who graciously donated their time and resources to record the conference sessions.

Videos can be found here: 2014 Championship Conference Recordings
Please note that not all presentations listed in the schedule are recorded.  If you would like more information on a particular presentation, please contact Hannah Foust.

2014 FIRST Championship Conferences Schedule
2014 FIRST Championship Conferences Abstracts


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