First Leadership Experience Attendees Standing by Aircraft
U.S. Air Force

First Leadership Experience

11th Annual U.S. Air Force / FIRST® Leadership Experience for FIRST Teachers & Mentors

The U.S. Air Force develops leaders of remarkable character and vision. For the 11th year, the U.S. Air Force is offering a unique three-day, four-night leadership program providing FIRST mentors with hands-on leadership training taught by Air Force personnel.

Throughout the three-day experience, mentors will attend lectures, participate in team-building exercises, and tour a local Air Force Base. The Air Force will select a group of 24 teachers and mentors from FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams who are helping inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.

When:  July 23-27; Dates could be subject to change based on Air Force operational missions/priorities.

Where:  Patrick Air Force Base, Florida; Location could be subject to change based on the Air Force operational missions/priorities.

The U.S. Air Force/FIRST Leadership Experience is at no cost to the 24 selected teachers/mentors. All travel costs within the continental United States (airfare, lodging, meals) are paid for by the U.S. Air Force.

*Please note the workshop dates will most likely have one travel day before and one travel day after the 3-day seminar*

Participation Agenda:

July 23rd          Travel to Location for all Mentors

July 24th          Leadership Experience

July 25th          Leadership Experience   

July 26th          Leadership Experience      

July 27th          Travel home for all mentors

Who is Eligible:

FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition mentors who are K-12 teachers and live within the continental United States.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to commit to the full workshop
  • Must be able to travel to the event from within the U.S.
  • Must be a K-12 teacher
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must not have participated in this leadership experience in previous years
  • Must not be involved or affiliated with other military branches

How to Apply:

  • Complete the online application. REGISTER HERE!
  • Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 19th, 2023.
  • As part of your application, you will have the opportunity to describe in 300 words or less how you have found a better way to get students excited about science and technology, and what innovative techniques you use to help kids learn and stay motivated. 

Selection Process:

  • A selection committee will review all applications and select the mentors who will receive an invitation to attend the USAF/FIRST Leadership Experience
  • Chosen applicants will be named by Friday, May 26th, 2023.
  • A GSD&M representative will contact chosen applicants on behalf of the U.S. Air Force

For questions, please contact Brittany Keegan at