FTC 3409 Team Members

Astromechs 3409 FTC Members

Mina Buchholz / Programmer and CFO

This is Mina's third year with the Astromechs. She helps to write the code for the robot, and leads our team.




RJ Dedert / Programmer

This is RJ's third year on the Astromechs. RJ helps program the robot and write the code. 




Freddie Penrod / Builder

This is Freddie's second year on FTC. She helps build the robot, update the website and work on the artistic design.




Lena Pugsley / Programmer 

This is Kevin's fifth year of FTC. He works on programming the robot and writing our code for the autonomous section of the game. 




Garet Holcomb / Builder 

Garet helps build and design our robot. This is his second year on the Astromechs.




Aidan Krokstrom / Builder and CTO

This is Aidan's third year of FTC. He helps build and design the robot, and he leads our team. 




Winston Penrod / Builder

This is Winston's third year with FTC. He helps design and create components on the robot, and also uses CAD to design parts.




Jaeza Robertson / Builder and COO

This is Jaeza's third year of FTC.  Jaeza helps design our robot, and leads our team.





Ken Pugsley / Head Coach

Ken has been our Head Coach for a long time, and he mentors us every day to become better engineers and people.   Ken has a degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T and studied education at the Ohio State University and is now a senior software engineer for Workday, Inc.  Ken also is a member of the Missouri FTC steering committee and is the architect of the Power Score system the Astromechs use.


Sindie Henson-Pugsley / Coach

Sindie helps keep things running with outreach, fundraising, and organizing.  Sindie has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at UMKC's Bloch School.   She left a 23 year career in Information Technology and software development to focus on STEM education for kids and families.  When she's not working with Astromechs FTC and FLL, she is researching new STEM programs to teach in the community. She also consults with small businesses and non-profits on their social media and technology strategies.  


Steve Penrod / Coach

Steve has mentored youth in robotics for years with both the Astromechs FTC and FLL teams, as well as the inaugural years of the FRC BroncoBots #1987 back in 2007-8.  His mentorship focuses on the programming, but he assists with the day-to-day aspects of running a team.  He has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Kansas and has worked in the software industry for over 25 years.  He is currently the CTO of Mycroft AI.