Robotic machine sees students up for award

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TWO students have been shortlisted for an award following their design of a robotic machine.

Ali Bobaker and Pablo Arcelino de Lima, both second year civil engineering students at the University of Portsmouth, have been shortlisted in the Design in the Built Environment category of The Telegraph Stem Awards.

The national awards aim to inspire undergraduates to play their part in securing the country’s future as a leader in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

Ali and Pablo have designed a machine to build walls without using labourers.

Ali said: ‘Our machine is like a 3D printer which uses concrete.

‘We know there are already some machines out there that can do this but ours is different because it has no limitations – it can work with any size or shape of construction.

‘We’re both civil engineering students so are really interested in design and construction.’

The students’ design is one of five to be shortlisted.

They will present their ideas this week to the firm Atkins and if they win they will be invited to London to present their ideas later this month.