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Cooley Middle School robotics hit homerun with Diamondbacks


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Robotics Students At Higley Unified’s Cooley Middle School Work With Their VEX Robot In Class. Photo By Carlos Espinosa/Higley Unified School District

Students in Heidi Jacobson’s robotics classes and club at Cooley Middle School in the Higley Unified School District used math, science, creativity and a bit of ingenuity to make a robot that swings a bat to hit a ball. But the “home run” of the project was the chance to show it off at an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

The students’ project was selected to participate in the first “Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball STEM Showcase,” Friday, Sept. 26 at Chase Field.

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Robotics students at Higley Unified’s Cooley Middle School work with their VEX robot in class. Photo by Carlos Espinosa/Higley Unified School District

Students designed the robot, the “field” it plays on and programmed the robot.

“They love it. It’s using all the things we’ve been studying and seeing it all come together,” Jacobson said.

Riley Bradshaw, president of the school’s STEM club, was excited about the project.

“I like building the robot and seeing how it turns out and working as a group and just problem solving,” he said.