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Teenagers compete in robot-building
Students travel from across the globe for the International Robotic Competition in Belfast

Devon college to train next generation of robot builders

BBC Radio Devon

A new Advanced Engineering Centre at Exeter College will be officially opened later.

The £3m centre includes state of the art robotics, virtual welding and 3D printers.


It comes after Exeter College was revealed as leading in the nationwide pilot of T Levels by the government - the only college in Devon to be selected.

T Levels are courses, which will be on a par with A Levels and will provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education post 16.

The CEO of Flybe, Christine Ourmières-Widener, will officially open the centre later.

Could we see robot boats on Amsterdam's canals?
Full size boats have yet to be trialled but they could help tourists move about the city.

Cauliflower-picking robot developed by Plymouth scientists

BBC Radio Devon

Scientists at the University of Plymouth are developing ground-breaking technology which could help fruit and vegetable growers when harvesting crops.

A team has built a cauliflower-picking robot that will be trialled in Cornwall to work alongside workers.

The project has been partly-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Cornwall Council.

Dr Martin Stoelen is a lecturer in robotics at the university and has been explaining how the robot operates...

Could robots be used to fix potholes?

A pothole in a road

In the future potholes could be repaired in a minute by robots, experts have said.

Professor Mark Miodownik, of University College London, told an event at the Cheltenham Science Festival that a fleet of autonomous road vehicles will travel around cities identifying cracks in roads and pavements.

Once found they will then fix them before potholes develop.

In just 60 seconds a robot with an attached 3D printer would be able to spray asphalt into a crack in the road to repair it, he told the audience at the festival.