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.
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.”
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.”