Designing a Robotic Surgical Device

The engineering design process meets laparoscopic surgical robots with an activity that is the last part in a series of 10 and brings all the lessons of the unit together. Teams design and build a remotely controlled laparoscopic device. The goal of the device is to be able to search for disease, obtain biopsies, and monitor the process via wireless imaging.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Invite doctors and surgical staff to attend the presentations
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity is designed to last throughout a semester-long course
  • Build the synthetic abdominal cavity simulator
  • The final activity in a 10-part series
Pros

  • The activity includes assessments to use throughout
  • Handouts and presentations are in two different formats
Cons

  • None
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