This station is designed to interest students in understanding opportunities in medical robotics including design, operation, maintenance and repair. Do you know that the da Vinci surgical robot is now performing complex operations and that the Tug robot carries medications, laundry, and meals around hospitals while speaking multiple languages with proper accents? Robots aren’t new to healthcare. In 2000, the FDA approved the da Vinci Surgical System to act as a surgical assistant. Since then, the system has conducted more than 20,000 surgeries and paved the way for robotic advancements in healthcare. In fact, vendors have introduced a number of new robots to better provide care to remote patients, help with various physical and emotional therapies and, similar to the di Vinci System, help perform surgeries. So, who designs, manufactures, programs, and maintains these robots? Students learn about the many available jobs while using a robotics simulator.