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Baseball robot to throw out first pitch at Miller Park on Friday

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jun 13, 2018

MILWAUKEE --  Friday night at Miller Park, Stitch the robot will take the pitchers mound before the game to throw the first pitch.

While fans are excited to see Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies, they'll be entertained by the homemade robot making his pitching debut.

Lake Country High Schoolers built the robot over 3 weeks, putting in nearly 20 hours of work. The group did this as Team Knack, part of an organization called FIRST. FIRST is an international organization that promotes science, engineering, technology, and math to students of all ages through competitions.

FIRST challenges students to highlight the program in unique ways through community outreach. Sophomore Brooke Gile says the team has been working with an orthopedic hand surgeon in making a prosthetic hand for amputees. 

Team Knack has 13  members, together they've built nine robots this year.  Giles admits she's a little nervous for Stitch's debut on Friday. 

"It's kind of exciting," says Gile,"It's a little nerve-wracking because you never want it to like do bad."

This is the complete opposite feeling for sophomore TeeKay Kowaleski.

"It's gonna be really cool to actually see something that I built out on that giant stadium," says Kowaleski.

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