We were delighted to have Medtronic visit us on 18 Nov 2017 at CoderDojo Athenry. It really was a fantastic event, and very professionally organised by Cushla, Mary and the rest of the team from Medtronic, who gave out different-coloured wrist-bands to divide our large ninjas into groups who could view the demos together.
The team set up a great range of demos:
- A special “memory” metal they use to make stents for heart valves
- A Smart TV/Surface Pro to allow you to see how stents work
- VR Headsets to explore blood vessels in augmented reality
- Some experiments that you can try out at home, including how to make a stethoscope and how to make a valve like a heart valve.
In addition, senior software engineer Lorraine and software interns Patrick and David spoke about their experiences of being software engineers in the med-tech industry.
We are very grateful to Medtronic, and in particular our mentor Declan Fox, for organising such a great experience for our ninjas!