About Just Ducky

Team Members

Mary Rose 

Our Web Designer, video producer, video editor, vlogger, blogger, photographer, outreach coordinator, and is becoming highly experienced in Final Cut Express. She is anxiously awaiting the launch of the new Final Cut Pro. She also enjoys reading under the sun, editing short movies for her friends and recently produced and edited a short documentary for a child that is Deaf/Hard of Hearing(http://youtu.be/_0xNU47-8vQ). Mary Rose is a huge Green Bay Packers fan. She has been involved in robotics and space exploration.





Manages our Team Just Ducky Twitter and Facebook page and is our media spokesperson. She is the main team communicator for our new GLXP friends, Team Indus. Riti enjoys dancing, reading, hanging out with her friends, editing photographs and watching football (specifically the Minnesota Vikings). Riti is an experienced robotics enthusiast/design consultant and is excited to participate for the first time in Moonbots.



 A newby to the world of robotics, Anita is our illustrator for our story book, “Ranger The Robot, a Journey To The Moon”.  She also enjoys Karate, Soccer and Horseback riding.  She will be actively learning all aspects of robotics and Moonbots 2.0.


Steffan and Lars 

Steffan and Lars are four year veterans of FLL and past participants in Moonbots, together they are the main building, programming and CAD experts for the team. Steffan is also our media spokesperson. They enjoy learning new technologies such as 3D Scanning, SolidWorks, and LabVIEW. This summer they will be attending ID camp to learn how to write apps for the iPhone and iPad. Steffan plays Viola in the Minnesota Youth Symphony and Lars is active in Rocketry for 4H. 

Overview of the Team

Team Just Ducky to the Moon 2.0 is made up of four former FLL participants and one member new to the world of robotics.  Four team members are from Woodbury, Minnesota and one team member is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Members have been involved in FLL from 2007 through 2011. During the last two years,  two of our members participated on the Math & Science Academy FRC team.  Recently Team members were excited to be recipients of a FIRST FTC Pathway Grant, awarding them an FTC registration fee.  Team Just Ducky is in the process of fundraising for their FTC kit and  starting an FTC Robotics Club for their community.  Since 2007, the team has received more than 25 FLL Awards: Programming/Design, Robot Performance, Research, Team Work, Gracious Professionalism, and received perfect scores of 400 during competitions.  In May the team was Awarded second place for the Innovative Solution in the North American LEGOLAND Open FLL Championship.  Last year Team Just Ducky entered the amazing 2010 Moonbots Google X Prize LEGO MINDSTORM Challenge and were finalists out of a total of 212 teams from 16 countries.  To add to the excitement the team was thrilled to be featured on Evadot Podcast #36-“Just Ducky” by Michael Doornbos.  Some kids spend their summer watching TV and playing video games.  “Just Ducky” plans missions and programs Moon rovers.  Another highlight included GeekDad Post by Will Pomerantze, former Senior Director of Space Prizes at the X Prize Foundation.  Article included, “ The team members have the boundless energy and creativity of youth.”  Outreach activities include rookie team training, helping with recruitment by hosting multiple FLL info meetings at schools, helping to mentor younger FLL teams, and are in the process of making a High Tech Kids' video including footage from the Minnesota state championship and inner city/Minneapolis qualifier festival. Their team helped judge at the festival tournament.  On June 22, Team Just Ducky will participate and demonstrate at the Science Museum of Minnesota SciMathMN Policymaker Briefing: “Moving from World Class Standards to World Class Practice”.  The whole team is psyched to participate in Moonbots 2.0 and are hoping to be chosen to move on to phase II.