Brainstorming What's Happening in Your Brain

Spark Neurology students l-r: Christina Corry, Kristen Coletti, Christina Bogdani, Gabby Nardelli, Huma Ilyas, Casey McKenna, and Marcus Zaiff.
Spark Neurology students l-r: Christina Corry, Kristen Coletti, Christina Bogdani, Gabby Nardelli, Huma Ilyas, Casey McKenna, and Marcus Zaiff.
Marcus Zaiff volunteered for a practice brain scan.
Marcus Zaiff volunteered for a practice brain scan.
Christina Corry learns how to apply EEG probes.
Christina Corry learns how to apply EEG probes.
Kristen Coletti learns how to measure electrical activity in the brain.
Kristen Coletti learns how to measure electrical activity in the brain.
Huma Ilyas, Christina Bogdani, Casey McKenna, and Gabby Nardelli  are instructed about reading an EEG.
Huma Ilyas, Christina Bogdani, Casey McKenna, and Gabby Nardelli are instructed about reading an EEG.

In December, seven Walt Whitman students had an amazing opportunity to learn about careers in Neurology when they shadowed the physicians, surgeons, nurses and lab technicians at Northwell's Neuroscience Institute as part of the LI STEM Hub SPARK Challenge.

Students had the opportunity to perform one of the most critical neurological diagnostic tests: an EEG, a test that picks up electrical activity from the brain.   They witnessed a mock epileptic seizure, and brainstormed the process of diagnosis and treatment with surgeons.  It was an impressive experience.

Everyone on the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and eager to share their expertise with the students. We are grateful to Northwell Health for another fantastic experience.