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Paducah Middle Hosts Lego Robotics Contest

The Innovation Hub will replace the Paducah Area Technical Center in fall 2020, and will not only provide 21st century means of learning workskills like carpentry, welding and automotive repair but also coding, art, computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering.

The students in Franklin's class - all seventh-graders - will be freshmen when the Innovation Hub opens and will be in the first class to spend all four high school years with the Innovation Hub.

McNabb and Morgan elementary schools sent their robotic teams of fourth- and fifth-graders to compete. Clark Elementary was also invited, but decided not to participate.

The McNabb Elementary Lego robotics team won two of three "missions" - tasks set up to test their coding skills - and won the table, which was adorned with the Tilghman Tornado logo.

Members of the McNabb team are Jalen Elifritz, Shalynn Kitchen, Isabella O'Brian, Miya Patterson, Josiah Snipes and Alex White. The team, now in its second year, is led by Matt Wyman.

PMS students who built the table are Xsavier Cleary, Kiana Powers, Zyanna Shumpert and Ja'vario Woods with the material for the table provided by Ryan Massey. The table was used in Friday's competition.

The competition was made possible through the Innovate Grant, which was funded through the PPS Foundation by teachers throughout the Paducah Independent School District to go toward innovative ideas or projects.

Franklin and his Project-Based Learning class won the 2018 Innovate Grant and used it to pay for table materials, tools and supplies. The grant calls for the winner to do something with the funding to benefit someone outside the winning group.

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