Submit a Conference Paper

The goal of the conference sessions are to provide an opportunity to share ideas on the topics listed below. We encourage original thinking on topics as detailed as technical innovations and as broad as ethics and robotics.
Papers can be accepted for the conference in one of three ways:

  1. For publication in the conference proceedings and to be given as a talk during the conference
  2. For publication in the conference proceedings and to be displayed as a poster during the Autonomous Robot Showcase
  3. For publication in the conference proceedings only (at least one of the authors must be registered for the conference)

Final determination as to how papers are accepted will be made by the program committee.

If you would prefer to have your paper considered for the conference proceedings only, or as a poster at the showcase, please make that indication on the submission form.


  • June 15, 2018 – all papers must be submitted by noon (central time)
  • UPDATE: June 21 2018 – notification of acceptance and/or required revisions sent to authors
  • UPDATE: June 28, 2018 – all final drafts must be submitted by noon (central time)

Review Criteria:

Papers will be reviewed for originality, clarity, and relevance to educational robotics.

Papers submitted for the general conference breakout sessions MUST fit into one of these categories!

  • Best Practices or innovations in programming
    Share your best ideas for programming.
  • Best Practices or innovations in mechanical design
    Show and tell your best ideas on how to mount sensors and motors, what makes a good chassis, how to make an effective appendage, etc.
  • It’s All About the Math & Science
    Tell us how you use and apply math and science concepts in your projects!
  • Autonomous projects
    Have you done a cool autonomous project? Show it off and share your ideas!
  • Best practices for competitions
    Present your best and most effective tips and ideas on team organization, better documentation, effective team communication, conflict resolution, etc.

Papers submitted for the educator & researcher breakout sessions MUST fit into one of these categories!

  • Nuts and Bolts of Managing Educational Robotics Programs
    Present your best ideas for organizing and maintaining your robotics program. (i.e. program management, recruitment, fundraising, sustainability, obtaining administrative support).
  • Hardware & software for robotics education
    Share your best ideas and innovations to make your educational programs more effective.
  • Innovative uses of technology
    Have you done something unique and creative utilizing new technology in your program? (i.e. online mentoring, programming tutorials, version control software, virtual meetings) Let’s hear about it!
  • Robotics competitions & project based activities
    Highlight specific classroom and other competitions and activities you utilize in your robotics education program.
  • Curriculum for robotics education
    Tell us how you design and implement your curriculum in regular classroom or extracurricular activities.
  • Effective lessons
    Present your best lesson for teaching a project management, programming or engineering concept to your students. We will provide a PPT template that you can use to showcase your best lesson in 15 minutes.
  • Informal robotics education
    Highlight your best practices and successes while sharing your ideas!
  • Research/Studies on robotics education K-16
    Share your results.


  • No paper submissions will be accepted via fax
  • If you do not wish to present your paper as a talk at GCER, but would prefer to present it as a poster at the showcase, please indicate that on your submission form.
  • Notification of receipt will be emailed to the first (or designated) author soon after receipt.
  • If members of the program committee require edits in order for your paper to be accepted, you will have until June 10th to submit the changes. Edited papers not returned before this date cannot be accepted for GCER.

If you paper is accepted, authors must verify that they hold the copyright to all contents of the submission and grant KIPR free and unlimited rights to print and distribute their paper in electronic and print format.

Proceedings will be published as a digital download, which will be available at the conference or online after the conference.


All papers must meet the following formatting criteria:

    • 8 or fewer pages
    • Submit in PDF format (7 MB Limit)
    • Times New Roman font
    • 12 point type
    • 1″ margins
    • Please do not number pages!!
    • Photographs and diagrams are encouraged and should be embedded in the text
    • Author information must appear in the top left corner of the paper in this format:
      • First Line – title of paper
      • Second Line – author name(s)
      • Third Line – affiliation of author(s): school name for all and email address for submitters over the age of 18
    • The title should appear again below the author information, in bold, centered
    • Proper citation of sources required


Paper submissions are not open yet for GCER 2019.