Meet the Medical Robot and Be a Surgeon for a Day

Local surgeons demonstrate the latest in robotic surgery for children ages 5-15



Children ages five to 15 years old can take a test drive at the controls of a medical robot. Meet two local surgeons, Dr. Danielle Sweeney with Children’s Urology and Dr. Peter Ruff with Urology Austin and learn about different procedures performed on the medical robot. This event is part of the Thinkery’s STEAM on the Spot program, which invites some of Austin’s most creative and innovative minds to the museum to share their experiences with visitors. The event is included with general admission.

The robotic surgical device translates the surgeon’s hand motions on 3-D visualization, computer-enhanced motion control system into exact movements. The increased range of motion allows for delicate surgical procedures in both children and adults to be performed with tiny keyhole incisions with enhanced precision. You can peel a grape with it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Ruff to provide live demonstrations at the top of each hour from 10am to 4pm only

1830 Simond Ave
Austin, Texas 78723


About Children’s Urology:

Children’s Urology specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of genitourinary problems in newborns, infants, children, and adolescents throughout Central Texas. Their medical team offers the full spectrum of pediatric urology services from management of general disorders of the genitourinary system to treatment of complex disease states, and now minimally invasive and robotic surgery. The board certified, fellowship trained physicians also provide trauma and emergency consultation to regional medical centers throughout Central Texas.

About Urology Austin:

Urology Austin (UA) is the largest urology group in Austin with 18 urologists in 16 locations. UA is recognized for excellence in providing treatments of all aspects of male and female urology including urologic cancers such as prostate cancer and BPH.

About The Thinkery

The Thinkery, the new Austin Children’s Museum, creates innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. The Thinkery opened in December 2013 at its new location in the Mueller development, and is Austin’s new home for “why” and “how”. It’s a place where science and families play side by side. Founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization, the Thinkery delivers its mission through a variety of exhibits, programs and outreach activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Learn more at



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