In December, a group of 7th and 8th grade students visited Intuitive Surgical with Mr. Tsang, SLI’s 7th grade algebra teacher. They received a behind-the-scenes tour and sat down and spoke with two staff members, one from marketing and one from engineering. They also got hands on experience with the company’s da Vinci® robotic surgical system.


“Intuitive Surgical, Inc. […] headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is the global leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. Intuitive Surgical develops, manufactures and markets the da Vinci® Surgical System, [which] can be used across a wide spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for complex, multi-quadrant surgeries. […] For more than a decade, da Vinci Surgical Systems have provided patients with a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery that reduces many of the costs and complications associated with open procedures. “Our goal is to develop technology that enhances surgical performance,” said Gary Guthart, Intuitive Surgical President and Chief Executive Officer. […] “We strive to provide the most advanced, least invasive option for surgery, and we are working hard to make minimally invasive surgery the standard of care.” (

Students enjoyed looking at this very effective intersection of biology, medicine, robotics, and product design. A special thanks to Mr. Tsang for arranging the trip!

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