Thursday, September 1, 2011

Feelin' More Than Just Ducky

Our team’s anticipation was intense as we waited for the results of the MoonBots 2.0 Google Lunar X Prize LEGO MINDSTORMS Challenge.  There were so many extremely talented teams around the world and so many amazing entries.  It was a tough competition.  Thus, we are so grateful, honored and thrilled to have been awarded second place in the MoonBots 2.0 competition.  By winning this prize, we will be able to build, program and compete with robots at the next level.   
We want to congratulate the winning teams, LegoAces and Lunar Lords, along with all the other participating teams.  We learned a lot from each other.
We thank all those involved in the MoonBots competition.  Specifically, we would like to thank MoonBots Google Lunar X Prize LEGO MINDSTORMS for organizing the competition, Team Indus for their mentoring, guidance and belief in us, Michael Doornbus of for his inspiration, research and podcast, Fox 9 News and Woodbury Bulletin for their media coverage of Team Just Ducky and Eva Resa Publishing for their guidance and encouragement with our book.
Personally, we appreciate the knowledge we have gained through our work during the this competition.  It has been an extremely extraordinary experience for us all.  We learned about space exploration from some of the top innovators in the world and applied our science and math skills to program and design our robot.  The outreach project helped us to reach out to the global community.  We were also able to improve our presentation skills by producing videos, interviewing with the media, writing a book, publishing blogs, creating our website, and utilizing social media such as Twitter and Facebook.
As a team we learned a lot about leadership skills, team work, gracious professionalism, the importance of time management, sportsmanship and entrepreneurship.  All this is key to working in a global, virtual environment. This has been an invaluable experience.   
This has been a great journey for us all.  We are excited to be part of history as private industries have now taken over space exploration to the moon.  We are honored to be invited to Team Indus’s launch to the moon in 2014.  We support them and look forward to their success.  

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fox 9 News

Team Just Ducky will be interviewed live on Fox 9 News Monday at 6:30 am! There will be four live two and a half minute segments, with two 20 second teasers.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Elva Resa Publishing

Sharing our STEM outreach project at Elva Resa Publishing :)

Sharing our STEM Outreach project at Elva Resa Publishing.

LEGO Contest

Team Just Ducky will be demonstrating their robot on the LEGO moon's surface as well as sharing their STEM storybook outreach project at our event.
Lego Contest Saturday August 20, 2011 10am-5pm - Saturday August 20, 201110am-5pmGalleria (Edina)Register in any store by Wednesday, August 17.Come show off your LEGO skills with builders of all ages!

Newspaper Interview

Team Just Ducky was interviewed by Amber Kispert of the local newspaper, Woodbury Bulletin. Our article will be featured in the newspaper on Wednesday, August 24.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rockets and Robots

Mark your calendars for Just Ducky’s MoonBots “very cool [different & innovative]” STEM Outreach Project.
On Friday, August 12, Just Ducky will present their storybook written and illustrated by Team Just Ducky with guidance and assistance from Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Indus and Karen Pavlicin, award winning writer.
Elva Resa Publishing 
1890 Wooddale Dr. Ste 100
Woodbury, MN
10:00 - 11:30 
Space Exploration Activities:
  • YouTube book trailer video of Ranger the Robot
  • Reading of Ranger the Robot
  • Learn about and select your favorite Google Lunar X PRIZE Team
  • MoonBots Google Lunar X Prize MINDSTORMS Challenge
  • Demonstration of Ranger racing across the MoonBots lunar surface, LEGO Digital Designer, NXT Programming, and team member’s latest iPhone app “Space Pirates”