Engineering students at Nelson and Colne College had the unique opportunity to meet SPOT, a Boston Dynamics Robot, as part of a Pendle Business Week session.

SPOT is a quadrupedal robot that can be used for a variety of tasks, including inspection, delivery, and security.

It is equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras that allow it to navigate and interact with its environment.

Lancashire Telegraph: The session, delivered in partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), was focussed on sustainable manufacturing now and in the future, and gave students the chance to learn about SPOT’s capabilities and how it is being used in industry.

Hussain Mahmood, a T Level student at the college, said: “It was brilliant to meet SPOT and it’s really exciting to see the future of robotics, and sustainable manufacturing and how it could improve our industry and our lives.

“It was fascinating to see how SPOT is being used in the real world and it’s hard to believe that robots are already so advanced. This session has further cemented my passion for a career in engineering."

Lancashire Telegraph:

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a world-leading research and development centre for manufacturing technology.

AMRC works with industry partners to develop and implement new manufacturing technologies that improve productivity and competitiveness.

Andy Parkin, Assistant Principal for Technical Education at Nelson and Colne College Group, said: “We are thrilled to have had AMRC and SPOT on campus.

"This was a further opportunity for our students to interact with industry leaders, learn about cutting-edge robotics technology and to see how it is being used in the real world.

"Their T Level programme requires them to undertake a substantial work placement with some of our key employers, and opportunities such as this, where they can gain invaluable insight into the future of their industry, give them a real advantage in the workplace.

“We are committed to providing our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce of the future.

"Curriculum enhancing opportunities like this with AMRC are a great example of our commitment to innovation and to preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Nelson and Colne College is a further education college in Pendle, and is part of Nelson and Colne College Group, alongside Accrington and Rossendal College and Lancashire Adult Learning.

If you are interested in learning more about Nelson and Colne College’s T Levels Engineering programmes, or how they ensure that all learners have strong connections with industry, search Nelson College Open Events.