Mon. Nov 27th, 2023
    Exploring the Future of STEAM: Inspiring Young Girls to Embrace Robotics

    A group of young girls recently embarked on an exciting journey into the world of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center. The visit was organized as part of the YWCA Greater Green Bay’s “TechGYRLS” program, which aims to empower girls and encourage them to pursue STEM careers. Led by women working in STEAM industries, this workshop provided the participants with hands-on experiences and insights into cutting-edge medical technology.

    Dr. Elizabeth Dickson Michelson, a gynecologic oncologist, and her team introduced the girls to the realm of robotic surgery during the workshop. Instead of quoting the doctor, though, the article describes how she passionately shared her knowledge and expertise, inspiring the girls to explore new possibilities. She emphasized the importance of helping girls and young women discover how their interests and knowledge can translate into rewarding careers.

    One of the highlights of the event was when the girls had the opportunity to interact with a da Vinci surgical robot – the very same technology that Dr. Dickson Michelson employs in the operating room. By engaging with the robot and using its tools to play games and perform simulated surgeries, the girls gained firsthand experience in the field. This exposure not only showcased the possibilities of minimally invasive care but also instilled a sense of excitement and curiosity about the role of robotics in medicine.


    Q: What is the purpose of the “TechGYRLS” program?
    A: The “TechGYRLS” program aims to empower young girls and encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).

    Q: How does the program provide hands-on experiences for the participants?
    A: The program collaborates with businesses and organizations in the community to organize field visits, led by women working in STEAM industries. These visits offer the participants immersive and interactive experiences related to various STEAM fields.

    Q: What is the da Vinci surgical robot?
    A: The da Vinci surgical robot is a cutting-edge technology used by medical professionals in minimally invasive surgeries. It provides surgeons with enhanced vision, precision, and control during procedures.

    Visit the YWCA Greater Green Bay website to learn more or register for the TechGYRLS program, which is open to girls from third to eighth grade.