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The Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER), produced by KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, is a professional conference designed for elementary, middle and high school students, their teachers and mentors, technology education professionals, robot enthusiasts, and invited professional guests. The GCER gives attendees the inspiration and experience of a professional conference, encouraging students to further their knowledge, network with other students from around the world and pursue related careers. Teachers and mentors have many opportunities to network, exchange best practices and develop new approaches to STEM education.

In addition to guest speaker sessions, breakout sessions, and an autonomous robotics showcase, GCER also features several autonomous robotics competitions and events. The International Botball Tournament is always a highlight when teams from around the world gather to try their skills at the current year’s Botball game challenge and Junior Botball Challenge. The conference also features the KIPR Open Autonomous Robot Tournament, the KIPR Autonomous Aerial Robot Tournament, and the Junior Botball Challenge.

You are invited to attend the GCER and connect with peers, discuss technology-related ideas, attend educational and thought-provoking sessions, and cheer on your favorite teams at one of the many tournament events.

The Global Conference on Educational Robotics also referred to as GCER, is a combination of the International Botball® Competition, the KIPR Open Tournament, the KIPR Autonomous Aerial Robot Tournament, along with pre-conference workshops, keynote speakers, and much more.

The 2017 Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER) will be held July 8, 2017 – July 12, 2017, at theEmbassy Suites by Hilton, Norman Hotel & Conference Center located in Norman, Oklahoma.

Monroe Magnet Middle School is well known for its STEM focus with students bringing home a record number of awards from local science competitions since 2006. Located in Inglewood, California, dedicated students take part in Monroe’s Math/Science Magnet Program, which features an accelerated course of study emphasizing technology, science, and algebra. This activation trained 8 teachers to introduce the Limitless Initiative to some 250 students as a part of their core curriculum classes in January 2017.The leadership of the principal and motivated staff members were key to the largest activation to date for the Limitless initiative.

Inglewood High School is located in the heart of downtown Inglewood, California and offers students a comprehensive college-preparatory program, academic and social support, and a wealth of activities. This activation was powered by Inglewood USD’s Office of School and Community Relations and funded by the Verizon Wireless Foundation in January of 2017. This program is cultivated by a math and english teacher who have a ten-year alliance teaching and coaching sports together, which they plan to take further into devoting coaching time to the Limitless Initiative.

Clyde Woodworth Elementary is teaching students to access their full potential. They are teaching future leaders to believe in themselves and be the great scholars they can be today. This school serves hard working families in Inglewood, California that are dedicated to their children’s learning. This activation serves grades K-5, with two teachers and their principal who are all dedicated to STEM Education.

The P.F. Bresee Foundation’s (Bresee’s) mission is to provide comprehensive after-school programs and family services that equip young people to pursue their education, achieve their full potential, and serve others. Bresee envisions a central Los Angeles community transformed by character-driven, creative, college-educated Bresee Foundation alumni.

Understanding the importance and necessity to provide education opportunities in technology and innovation, in 2016 Bresee launched their Teen Tech Center with Best Buy as their brand partner. Led by Pedro Joel Espinosa, the Lead Coordinator for the Teen Tech Center, it was imperative to implement an effective and progressive coding and robotics curriculum which was the fertile opportunity to activate the Limitless Initiative.

Audubon Middle School and Gifted Magnet Center is an urban middle school located in Los Angeles, California serving 1,150 students grades 6-8.  Audubon was activated by understanding the importance of computer science for all in daily instruction. The principal at Audubon Middle School created an elective upon hearing the great work that LAUSD teacher Valerie Doby did as a volunteer with the Limitless Academy. Audubon Middle School has a daily course in robotics and began their activation in September of 2016 to students in the 7th Grade. Student subgroups are primarily African-American, Hispanic, students with disabilities, socioeconomically disadvantaged and second language learners. Audubon Middle School’s mission is to effectively educate students for participation in a 21st century global economy and provide the technological skills needed for the production of work; world languages for effective communication and critical thinking skills.

The Limitless Academy (TLA) is powered by Concerned Citizens Community Involvement (CCCI), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The purpose of TLA is to bridge the educational resource gap within urban communities by empowering students to learn and master cooperative learning and technical skills while developing professional aptitudes and attitudes. The Limitless Academy is a Saturday enrichment program in South Los Angeles, that runs six to eight week sessions throughout the year to prepare students to compete in regional Botball competitions and the International Global Conference on Educational Robotics (GCER), produced by KISS Institute for Practical Robotics. The Limitless Academy held its first session in June 2014 and has trained over 50 students.Some students have been accepted to prominent STEM high schools and others have gone on to college to pursue computer programming degrees. In 2015, the “Limitless” logo was designed by academy student Sydney Hooks.

The Limitless Academy won its first Botball award in 2016 for “Outstanding Programming.”
The success of the Limitless Academy is the foundation for developing The Limitless Initiative.
In the 2016 tournament, the Limitless Academy Elite Team finished 5th overall in a field of 26 teams.
In the 2017 Double Elimination Robotics Competition The Limitless Academy Elite Team finished 4th our highest ranking in three years of participation.

"Our students are working on changing the world."