ROBOT READY — Union City Middle School Science Club members (from left) Nolan Chandler, Chloe Meade and Reagan Durkee recently spent time building robots at the Obion County Public Library as part of a unique program available to them and five of their classmates. Thanks to a grant received by the library and the generosity of its Friends of the Library, eight UCMS eighth-graders are building and programming robots on Saturdays at the library. Obion County Public Library Director Michele Barnes applied for and received a $3,000 grant from the Tennessee Library and Archives Association, and the FOL group contributed another $2,800 to fully fund the robotics program. Only 10 libraries in the state received the grant. Dr. Kathleen Ericson, a computer science professor at the University of Tennessee at Martin, teaches the students, who first built their robots and are now programming them for specific tasks and working with coding in preparation for competition in December. Five other local schools are also participating in the program, along with a pair of homeschool groups.

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