What will medical workers look like in the future?

160 of Queensland’s best students have been finding that out, learning about futuristic robotics at QUT this week.

Jack Harvey reports.

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It’s a test to refine human robotic motor skills, one wrong move and you’ll get a sharp buzz.

But real-life operations don’t allow the same room for error.

Funded by QUT, the STEM Camp incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It’s all part of a hands on research program designed to compliment modern surgical practices.

Nathan Crooks, Project Leader: “Being able to teach our younger generations these basic skills of robotics, of programming, its an industry, a field that’s going to boom a lot in coming years.”

This camp also offers projects covering the 3D printing of body parts and robotic horticulture.

Taylah Meneses, Year 11 Student: “Originally I really wanted to go into making prosthetic arms, so programming an arm is really exactly what I wanted to do, so it’s confirmed and is really exciting for me.”

Sam Ewart, Year 11 Student: “It’s really opened a few doors for me and I’m really keen to get to uni.”

The STEM camp winds up tomorrow.

Robotics will play a vital role in medical practices of the future, QUT is playing its part to ensure Australian students have the necessary skills to operate them.

Jack Harvey, QUT News.