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Paducah Innovation Hub reaches out to middle schools for Regional Robotics Rally
The Paducah Innovation Hub is playing host to the Regional Robotics Rally, an event that took place Tuesday and Thursday that introduces sixth-graders from other schools to the field of robotics with hands-on experience.

Tim Franklin, the Makerspace director of the Paducah Innovation Hub, said the event is an outreach to regional schools. Crittenden County Middle School and Fulton Middle School were in the rally on Tuesday, and Fulton County Middle School and McLean County Middle School are taking part Thursday.

“We received a federal grant with the cooperation of the West Kentucky Education Cooperative and the GEAR UP initiative to offer computer science to students in the 10-county river region,” he said.


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.