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About Us

Lucy Junior is a design consultancy group that specializes in technology learning tools for children. It started with an idea between two parents, wanting to make fun digital learning tools for their children that were educational and easy to use. 

Lucy Junior was started by Gretchen and Bryan Rinnert. Gretchen is a professor and researcher at Kent State University. Bryan is a photographer and videographer. As parents of two young girls, they wanted to create learning technology they trust, that engages and inspires children to learn. Working with a very skilled team of professionals they launched their first product, Energetic Alpha, in 2018.


All of Lucy Junior's products go through extensive user testing and are the subject of academic papers and research. Most importantly, they are developed to help kids! Children are involved in the design process, helping the design team come up with the most innovative and fun ideas. Profits help pay for the development cost and the creation of new products. More products are on their way!

Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert, M.G.D.

Researcher, Designer, Project Instigator

Professor, School of Visual Communication Design

Kent State University

Bryan Rinnert, M.A.


3 Sight Photography

Our Research Partners

Marianne Martens, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Information

Kent State University


Joanne Caniglia, Ph.D.

Professor, College of Education, Health and Human
Kent State University

Kathleen Campana, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Information
Kent State University

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