Inspiring Student Interest in STEM Healthcare Careers

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Students from the High School’s AP Seminar and AP Research courses recently participated in the first phase of the sixth annual Northwell Health Spark! Challenge. The full-day, hands-on field experience with the emergency department at Plainview Hospital was filled with engaging and inspiring opportunities and introduced students to some of the many career areas that require competencies in STEM skills.

Students Sarah Cain, Eilis Casey, Erin Dany, Jacqueline Holden, Madisyn King, Sarah Kruzynski, Denis Lane, Arianna McMorris, Fatou Ndiaye, Jalal Sawas, Sofia Stirpe, Eleanora Undrus, Larissa Verdi and Olivia Wilcox rotated among stations that included forensic nursing and chain of evidence procedures, stroke victim identification and clot busting, airway intubation and ventilation, and severe wound stapling. Students then had the opportunity to ask medical professionals questions related to their work.

Accompanied by high school AP Seminar teacher Mr. Edward Storck, social studies teacher Mr. Walter Caskie and teaching assistant Ms. Micelle Kavanagh, the students will work together to create an advertisement and presentation of a career that they learned about during the visit. In the spring, students will compete against 58 other schools at an event where the presentations are judged by a panel of Northwell Health executives.