Rubber Duck Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Makerspace dedicated to inspiring a love of learning in all students! Our mission is to increase the future potential for every student in our community by expanding their horizons. To do this, we promote equitable access to project-based learning and 21st century technology through active exploration, collaboration, and creativity in makerspaces, schools, libraries and community events.
At Rubber Duck Lab we envision a future where every student in Santa Clara County has increased potential and endless possibilities for their future, allowing them to compete in an ever changing 21st century economy. To achieve this vision, we provide access to project-based learning opportunities, cutting edge technology, active exploration, creativity and design thinking in the collaborative environments of local makerspaces, schools, and community events.
Rubber Duck Lab is a 501(c)(3) non-profit education-innovation organization promoting equitable access to project-based learning and 21st century technology through active exploration, collaboration, and creativity in makerspaces, schools, and community events. The work of Rubber Duck Lab aims to expand students’ horizons and help them compete in a dynamic academic and economic market. First founded in July of 2014 as Homeroom Education, a sole-proprietorship for profit company (with a conscience), Founder Jodie Fillhardt centered the company's services on experiential and active learning opportunities through one-on-one tutoring and small group classes. However, there was such a need for the small-group collaborative learning experiences that tutoring was quickly dropped, additional faculty and staff were hired, and in 2017 a makerspace was added to the Homeroom Education facilities.
In fall of 2018 Fillhardt restructured the management of Homeroom Education and refocused the company's services on collaborative, project-based learning opportunities and maker education that better prepared students for a dynamic academic and economic market. To further this vision Fillhardt founded Homeroom Education, Inc a California public facing, nonprofit corporation in December of 2018. Over the next year Fillhardt recruited a strong Board of Directors, applied to the IRS for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and guided the company through the transition from a for-profit corporation to a non-profit organization. In November 2019, to celebrate the completion of this transition, and the IRS granting of tax-exempt status, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to re-brand Homeroom Education, Inc as Rubber Duck Lab.
Since the summer of 2014 Homeroom Education, now Rubber Duck Lab, has grown into a thriving and vibrant organization dedicated to expanding the access Bay Area students have to project-based, experiential learning opportunities. While Fillhardt has stayed on with the organization as CEO, the faculty and staff have expanded greatly to include the Board of Directors, additional managers, faculty, interns, and an ever growing number of community instructors and volunteers.
Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.
The Rubber Duck Lab Team
Our team is made up of wonderfully creative and energetic people who are passionate about sharing their love of learning with others. Each one is an expert in their chosen field of work and study with years of professional and academic experience. In all our team holds over 12 degrees and certificates, have taught for over 125 years, and have work experience from industry leaders such as Apple, AARP, iD Tech Camps, The Tech museum, San Jose State University, and Hewlett-Packard just to name a few.
Jodie Fillhardt - Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Jodie founded Homeroom Education, now Rubber Duck Lab, in July 2014 out of a passion for teaching and promoting a love of learning! Her educational background is in European Medieval & Renaissance History and U.S. History. She loves designing curriculum that addresses large and sometimes abstract academic topics through fun, accessible, interactive games. As CEO of Rubber Duck Lab Jodie is working diligently to increase awareness of the need to meet 21st century problems with 21st century skills, promote academic communication and engagement, while helping to make Rubber Duck Lab a loud and trusted voice in the local education community.
Susan Miller - Chief Operations Officer
Susan Miller's extensive professional credentials (including a B.A. in English from San Jose State University, a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and an active Secondary Ed. California Teaching Credential) along with her over 20 years experience teaching in public and private institutions has brought much needed stability and structure to the Officer Team at Rubber Duck Lab. Susan's personal mission to create exceptional learning experiences for students to develop confidence in academics in order to connect the act of learning to their daily lives has been an inspiration to the pedagogues Rubber Duck Lab practices. Susan's leadership as Chief Operations Officer has helped Rubber Duck Lab strengthen relationships with students, families, and the community.
Dr. Lynne Adler - Curriculum Development Manager
Dr. Lynne grew up in Southern California and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell. She's taught and tutored in multiple capacities in the Bay Area over the years, started and led robotics teams, mentored summer programs for gifted students, and currently runs a tutoring business, Coastside Academic Coaching and Tutoring, helping elementary, middle and high school students become confident, independent learners. Rubber Duck Lab is very excited to have her learning the Curriculum Development Team! Under Lynne's leadership Rubber Duck Lab has begun designing and selling "Take and Make" home science kits, reproducible Makerspace curriculum, and a variety of other STEM resources.
Sapphira Butler - Chief Marketing Officer
Sapphira Butler started with Rubber Duck Lab in the fall of 2019 to assist with the re-brand and new marketing strategies. However her immense talent from an impressive academic and professional background (including two Bachelors degrees, Certificate in Small Business Management, and a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin university along with experience running her own company for over fifteen years) made her instantly invaluable to Rubber Duck Lab. She decided to stay on after the re-branding as Chief Marketing Director and is helping lead the organization forward into a new chapter.
Jasmine Hart - Master Maker
Jasmine Hart is a recent graduate of West Valley College and has plans to continue her education through the pursuit of a Bachelors degree. She has been working with Rubber Duck Lab in the Makerspace as a Master Maker since the summer of 2019. She is a favorite of students for the creative and energetic STEAM curriculum and projects that she brings to life in the Makerspace, community pop-ups, and special events.
Kenny Price - Master Maker
Kenny Price is currently attending West Valley College and has plans to continue his education through the pursuit of a Bachelors degree. He has been working with Rubber Duck Lab in the Makerspace as a Master Maker since the summer of 2019. Kenny is beloved by students for the care and passion he brings to the STEAM curriculum and projects he brings to life in the Makerspace, community pop-ups, and special events. He is also the Rubber Duck Lab go-to for anything techie or electrical.
Jesse Henricks - Master Maker
Jesse Henricks is a recent graduate of West Valley College and has plans to continue his education through the pursuit of a Bachelors degree. He has been working with Rubber Duck Lab in the Makerspace as a Master Maker since the summer of 2019. Jesse's work as a Master Maker is primarily behind the scenes. Just about every piece of furniture, kit, or cool mechanical art installation in the Makerspace has been built by Jesse.
Imran Ghasemiyeh - Master Maker
Imran Ghasemiyeh is a current student at Santa Clara University pursuing a Bachelors degree. He has been working with Rubber Duck Lab in the Makerspace as a Master Maker since the beginning of 2020. As a youth Imran saw there was a need for a local tutoring service in his Sacramento neighborhood. To address this need, he started his own tutoring company and is bringing that entrepreneurial spirit and passion for teaching to the Makerspace.
Kalle Glutting - Community Outreach Intern
Kalle Glutting is a local high school student, and current Rubber Duck Lab student, currently interning with Rubber Duck Lab. His energy, enthusiasm, and easy smile makes him an asset to Rubber Duck Lab's community building mission that he is helping to advance.