Off-Campus Field Trip

Provider: CAE Healthcare

Contact: Blanca Diaz

Starting cost per student: $0

Additional Info:

Max. Capacity: 25

Transportation Needed?  Yes

Who Arranges Transportation? Other (see description)

Is Financial Assistance Offered?  No


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 “CAE Healthcare offers a variety of diverse careers! Of the 130 employees,

in addition to English, 22 other native languages are spoken!”

CAE Healthcare’s physiological patient simulators accurately mimic human cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, pediatric, infant, and other systems which automatically generate physical responses. For example come meet Apollo, originally METIman, who has set the standard as an innovative, durable and reliable patient simulator. He is representative of a man in his 30’s, and can be programmed to have a heart attack or damaged lungs. Participants could then practice CPR or perform a tracheostomy, observing Apollo’s realistic responses. Or come meet Lucinda, who can be programmed to give birth. Or Caesar, a combat simulator, whose life must be saved after a traumatic injury. Come join the CAE Healthcare personnel to hear about the diverse careers involved in the production and marketing of these patient simulators. Become educated in the ways the simulators are used to train professionals and to provide realistic learning experiences. Prepared to be amazed as you complete this tour:


Rotation one: Meeting the Simulators and Simulator-Makers!

  1. Careers include: electrical engineer, modeler of physiology, computer systems technician, software engineer, medical simulation engineer, simulator technician.
  2. Interactive activities: Tour of simulators (Caesar, Baby Sim and more ) accompanied by simulated demonstrations (CPR).

Rotation two: Meeting the Marketers and Educators!

  1. Careers include: market research analyst, sales representative (bilingual), a CAE Healthcare Academy representative
  2. Interactive activities may include: “In 2 sentences, explain which company type you would market the simulator to and how!”


Most students in middle school struggle with choosing careers they are interested in. Those who do have an idea of what careers they would like to pursue believe that they must make a choice between interests…for example art, medicine, and engineering. CAE Healthcare, a real-world workplace, will help with that dilemma by demonstrating that those three careers can indeed be combined by becoming a physiological modeling engineer. And we can not leave out that student who loves virtual reality video games who can experience that same thrill by designing virtual reality simulators! CAE Healthcare will expose students to a variety career options, from modelers of human physiology to medical simulation engineers to marketing consultants. It is important for students to follow their passions as that will enable them to engage not only their minds but also their hearts…leading to a life-long lasting careers, Further, understanding the connections between desired career paths and what is being taught in the classroom are essential to both increased student achievement as well as to the development of a trained community-based workforce. Relevance is key! For example, when S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is discussed in terms of creating futuristic products that save lives, then two tings happen. First, those students understand the need to register for upper level science and math courses in high school; and, second the need for high demand professions are more likely to be filled. When teachers, students, and parents can assess meaningful connections and transfer of knowledge from class to the real world, everyone benefits.


THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF SARASOTA COUNTY is serving as the coordinating organization for the EdExploreSRQ Interactive (or Experiential) Career Series. 


SC.68.CS-PC. 2.6, SC.68.CS-PC 2.8, SC.68.CS-PC 1.1, LAFS.68.RH.1.2, LAFS.68.RST.3.9, MAFS.K12.MP.3, MAFS.K12.MP.1.1, SS.8.FL.1, CIP.0614130100, Program #: 8401100

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