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Franklin Named Paducah Innovation Hub Makerspace Director

Tim Franklin teaches math and science at Paducah Middle School, where he has developed and implemented project-based learning in the science curriculum and integrated computer science instruction. He created a pilot class, “Introduction to Innovation” that used a project-based model to aid students in the creation, design, and execution of projects that meet needs in the community.

Franklin has been an educator since 2006. He taught middle school science in Marshall County for seven years. Prior to that, he taught high school and middle school science in Lyon County, where he was named Lyon County Teacher of the Year in 2010-11. This year Franklin was a Regional Educator Award nominee, a Murray State University “Going the Extra Yard” Educator award recipient, and a 3E Leadership Educator of the Month.

Franklin is credentialed as an OSHA compliance trainer, and has worked as an Industrial Hygienist/Consulting Engineer for business and industry in the region.

Franklin received his bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering and a master’s degree in Middle School Education from Murray State University. He received a master’s degree in ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary and has served churches in the region as a minister for over 20 years.

vrMorgan Elementary

Morgan Elementary 1st grade came to visit the HUB and learned about earth science. They investigated shadows and how they moved, the interaction between the Sun and the Earth, and how how constellations are made.

McClean County

McClean County middle school spent a day at the HUB. The students rotated between three different activities. App creating, 3D printing, and virtual reality engaged the students while at the HUB. They got a taste of computer science and absolutely loved coming to the HUB.

chessTilghman Chess Team

The Tilghman chess team came to the Makerspace! They used the Makerspace to learn how to make their own chess boards! After learning, the chess team conducted their own fundraiser and sold custom chess boards to our community! Mr. Knight and the team did a great job with this project! Look for their custom chess boards throughout our community!

organismMcNabb Elementary

McNabb 4th grade spent an afternoon at the HUB in April! They came to engineer and design with life science standards. The students built their own shelters for the tundra, after they visited the tundra through a VR experience. In another rotation, the students built an organism to live in the tundra from clay. They presented their internal and external structures to help their organism survive. Augmented reality was used to take their 2D drawings to 3D drawings.

Tim Franklin