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Playing At Learning serves Northern California through fun,
hands-on projects that encourages science, technology, math or
engineering exploration.

Sparking an interest in math and science is a key to providing economic
life choices for our youth.  We focus on affordable and sustainable
activities related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
Playing At Learning is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.

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We are committed to increasing the number of under-served and
under-represented students pursuing STEM degrees.

Playing At Learning is accomplishing amazing things - with 3 part-time, volunteer staff - We need help with raising funds and adding staff to continue to manage these high impact, high growth programs!


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All FIRST events are free & open to the public
Come out and watch the robot action and talk to the teams.  

NorCal FIRST Activities
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NorCal Jr FIRST LEGO League

NorCal FIRST LEGO League

NorCal FIRST Tech Challenge

Junior FIRST LEGO League (JrFLL) extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to small teams of students between the ages of 6 to 9.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to students between the ages of 9 through 14 in a team-based real-world context and through hands-on experience. Annual theme-based challenge has teams building a LEGO robot AND creating a theme-related project.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is designed for teams of students from grades 7-12 typically ages 13-18 who are prepared to participate in a head-to-head competitive program.

 

 

   

Annual Team registration is open from August to April

Annual Team registration is open from May to mid-September

Annual Team registration is open starting in May   


Expo season is flexible - generally in the Spring


NorCal Qualifier
Tournaments November
Championships
Dec-Feb


NorCal Qualifier Tournament season Nov-Feb Championships
Dec-Apr

How to start a team

Email questions

How to start a team

Email questions

How to start a team

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Scope:
In 2014-15: approximately 27,000 students in 13+ countries
Scope:
In 2014-15: an estimated 270,000 students in 80 countries
Scope:
In 2014-15: approximately 44,000 students from more than 15 countries will participate
     


Additional FIRST program supported at The Play Space

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)

Silicon Valley RegionalSacramento Regional, Central Valley Regional
FRC Kickoff in January and Competitions in March/April


 

FIRST impact in NorCal! 

 

In Northern California for 2014-2015 season, more than 9,000 K-12 youth participated in FIRST programs!

~84 JrFLL teams for up to 6 members, 6 to 9 year olds
532 FLL teams for up to 10 members, 9 to 14 year olds
112 FTC teams for up to 15 students per team, 7th to 12th grade students
~100 FRC teams for 9th to 12th grade students, average 25 members per team

+ Does not include Central Valley FLL but does include this area for JrFLL, FTC and FRC


 

 

 

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