Girls Learn Robotics' Role in Surgical Procedures

ITWomen Robotics Camp 2015

The ITWomen 2015 Summer Robotics Camp, generously sponsored by NextEra Energy Foundation and FPL, was a hit with the girls, ranging from 7th to 11th grades. Lucy Tamez, president of Bright and Smart LLC (at right) led the activities. Ob/Gyn Dr. Jessica White (far left) demonstrated DaVinci robotics. 

2015 Robotics Camp

Dr. Jessica White, Ob-GynDr. Jessica White, an Ob/Gyn, from Boca Raton explained the role of robotics in surgical procedures with girls attending the ITWomen’s Robotic Camp held this summer. The girls, in grades 7-11, were in awe and showed curiosity about the safety features of the robot and were intrigued by its maneuverability in the operating room.

Dr. White showcased the DaVinci robot that she currently uses in her private practice to conduct surgical procedures. Robotic surgery training and learning how to command and maintain the robot is required when studying to become a physician, she told the girls.

Dr. White’s presentation was part of the camp where girls were introduced to coding, assembly and trouble-shooting. The robotics activities were led by Bright and Smart President and Founder Lucy Tamez and her assistants, with Northeast High School science teachers Randa Flinn and Ileana Morena observing.

The ITWomen 2015 Robotics Camp for Girls took place at Northeast High School, Home of the Hurricanes! The camp was generously sponsored by NextEra Energy Foundation and FPL. Girls attending the camp included students from James S. Rickards Middle School. The camp wrapped up with an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 18.


A very special thank-you to ITWomen sponsor, NextEra Energy Foundation for giving us the opportunity to create this one-of-a-kind camp to inspire girls in pursuit of innovative careers!  

NextEra sponsored the ITWomen robotics class as part of its commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to prepare students for the global marketplace in the 21st century.