Team Just Ducky
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.