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Paradise Valley students’ robot throws first pitch at Diamondbacks game

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Bruce The Pitching Robot Throws Out The First Pitch As Students Who Built The Machine From Paradise Valley High School Watch During The Game Between The Arizona Diamondbacks And The Washington Nationals At Chase Field. Photo By Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The 35 students who are members of the Robotics Club at Paradise Valley High School designed a robot that threw the first pitch before the Arizona Diamondbacks played the Washington Nationals on May 14, 2014.

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Bruce the pitching robot throws out the first pitch as students who built the machine from Paradise Valley High School watch during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals at Chase Field. Photo by Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Watch a  video of the pitch, with interviews of students, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley, parents, mentors and teachers.

“We have a robot that we use for competition and so we had six weeks to build it,” said Meghan Marlowe, president of the Team Paradise 1165. “We got contacted a week and a half ago asking if we wanted to do the first pitch and we were like oh my gosh that would be so cool.”

“So we made some minor modifications, practiced a little bit, and now we’re here,” Marlowe said. “We’re super excited and can’t wait to through the first pitch.”

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Paradise Valley High School Robotics Club members next to their robot Bruce who threw out the pitch at an Arizona Diamondbacks games. Photo by Major League Baseball

A parent supporter of the club, Thea Hassett, said it’s neat to see the members of the club grow from “not being able to use a tool to being here at Chase Field running the robot, throwing the first pitch. It’s just a great feeling.”