‘SPARK’ing Interest in All STEM Careers

Two teams of juniors and seniors from Syosset High School recently participated in the North Shore-LIJ SPARK! Challenge. The program is designed to “spark” interest in all STEM-related fields in health care, demonstrating to students how health care goes beyond doctors and extends into various fields.  

One team of 15 students spent the day at North Shore-LIJ Syosset Hospital in the orthopedic perioperative unit, where they learned about all aspects of orthopedic surgeries, ranging from imaging, pre-operative care and surgery procedure to casting and post-operative care (pictured, main photo).
Another team of 10 students visited North Shore-LIJ Project Access at the Huntington Quadrangle, focusing on the business side of health care, specifically data processing (alternate photo).

During the next few months, the student teams, encouraged by teachers Veronica Ade, Diane Malley, Melanie Rodenburgh and guidance counselor Jennifer Saia, will complete the challenge by creating career advertisements and a video about what they learned from their day at North Shore-LIJ Project Access and Syosset Hospital, respectively. The challenge concludes in April, when the students will present their projects to a panel of LIJ judges who will select winners.