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Pitch perfect

2 August 2019
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Year 12 student Lily Pedder has thrown her love of baseball behind a project she has developed in her Systems Engineering class.

Lily has built her own baseball pitching machine, which teacher Peter Van Waart believes is good enough to enter in the VCE Season of Excellence Top Designs awards.

As a high level baseball player (she competed in the national championships this year), Lily couldn’t have chosen a better project. The machine pitches the baseball out at set angles and can be used to produce ground balls and fly balls so the user can practise fielding.

Lily has spent around 100 hours working on the machine and is now in the final stages of doing the coding. She said she has always been fascinated by mechanics, although she hopes to pursue a career in psychology.



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