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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 - Summary One Pager

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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The Play Space    

All FIRST events are free & open to the public
Come out and watch the robot action and talk to the teams.  
2013-2014 FIRST Activities
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NEW: Learn more about inaugural FTC West Super Regional Championship
Coming to NorCal - Sacramento in March 2014



   
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NorCal Jr FIRST LEGO League

 

NorCal FIRST LEGO League

  

NorCal FIRST Tech Challenge

 
  Junior FIRST LEGO League 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 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 high school students from grades 9-12 typically ages 14-18 and younger students who are prepared to participate in a high school head-to-head competitive program. Teams participate using the Tetrix robotics kit.
 
 

 

 

         
 

2013-2014 FIRST Team registration is open

 

2013-2014 FLL Team registration is closed
   
2014 registration will open in early May

 

2013-2014 Team registration is open   

 
 
 
 


Expo season is flexible

 

 

 
 

How to start a team

Email questions

 

How to start a team

Email questions

How to start a team

Email questions

 
             
  International Scope:
In 2013-14: approximately 22,000 students in more than 5 countries will participate
 
International Scope:
In 2013-14: an estimated 230,000 students from over 80 countries will participate.
International Scope:
In 2013-14: approximately 34,000 students from more than 15 countries will participate
 
             


Additional FIRST HS 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 2013-2014 season, more than 9,000 K-12 youth participate in FIRST!

~80*JrFLL teams for up to 6 members, 6 to 9 year olds
525+ FLL teams for up to 10 members, 9 to 14 year olds
~105* FTC teams for ~10 students per team, middle & high school students
~100 FRC teams for high school students, average 25 members per team

* Team registration is still open
+ Does not include Central Valley FLL but does include Central Valley area for JrFLL, FTC, FRC


 

 

 

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