Virtual Stroke Lab
Contributors:  David L. Anderson: Storyboards
Ajeet Gordhan: Author, Storyboards
Darci Harland: Storyboards
Elisa Palmer: Storyboards
Kevin Stewart: Animations, Artwork, Programming



In this virtual experience, you become a neuroradiologist. You are paged to an emergency room where patient, who may be the victim of a stroke, awaits diagnosis. Then you consult with the patient's history and check to see if he has any of the risk factors for stroke. A decision then has to be made about what diagnostic procedures are required. Primary and secondary diagnostic tests must be ordered and the results interpreted. The patient has an aneurysm, and then you get to decide what life-saving procedure to perform; to clip or coil. While completing this virtual lab, you'll learn about the risk factors for stroke, stroke symptoms, causes of stroke, purpose of diagnostic tests, types of strokes (ischemic and hemorrhagic), treatment options, and the importance of technology in diagnostic medicine.



This is a 7 minute video introduction to The Mind Project's Stroke Lab to give teachers an overview. We don't recommend that students watch this video -- it gives away too many of the fun parts of the lab. Better that they discover them on their own.

  • Navigation Tutorial for Stroke Lab
     Audio/Video Engineering: Darci J. Harland

    This tutorial gives an introduction to the virtual lab interface as well as tips on navigating through the rooms in the virtual hospital.

  • Script of the Navigation Tutorial for the Stroke Lab

    This is a pdf file containing the script of the Navigation Tutorial for The Virtual Stroke Lab. This script is a nice alternative for students with special needs, or to have as a paper back up.

  • Overview Tutorial for the Stroke Lab
     Audio/Video Engineering: Darci J. Harland

    This tutorial provides students with some background about stroke symptoms, risk factors for stroke, types of strokes, as well as a brief introduction to the use of radiological exams to diagnose strokes. We suggest that all students and teachers view this tutorial before beginning the virtual lab.

  • Script of the Overview Tutorial for the Stroke Lab

    This is a pdf file containing the script of the Overview Tutorial for The Virtual Stroke Lab. This script is a nice alternative for students with special needs, or to have as a paper back up.


This is the version most commonly used by teachers. We call this the flexible version of the Virtual Stroke Lab. It has a special feature so the lab can be started before any of the three sections. This allows teachers and students flexibility when they cannot complete the virtual lab in one sitting. This accommodates shorter class periods allowing the lab to be completed in a computer lab setting, over a period of several days.


This is the basic version of the virtual lab. You can only start at the beginning of the lab. So you must complete the entire lab (which typically takes 45-60 minutes) in one browser session. Thus, if you haven't finished the lab and want to continue it the next day, you must leave your computer on with the virtual lab still open in the browser.

  • Student Entry Pages: Descriptions & URLs

    There are two different student entry pages for The Virtual Stroke Lab. This page provides links to these pages as well as descriptions of the two versions. This gives teachers control of the version that students use.

     Audio/Video Engineering: Darci J. Harland

    This Professional Development for Teachers tutorial provides support for teachers who are considering implementing The Virtual Stroke Lab with their students. The tutorial is equivalent to the introductory training we offer in our face-to-face workshops. It contains tips for using the lab with students, objectives aligned with state and national standards, and references to supplementary materials currently available. It provides an overview of the student experience as well as what content is covered in the lab, so that teachers can decide where in their curriculum the lab may best fit. Spoiler Alert: The video contains answers that should not be seen by students. (Length: 20 minutes)

  • Script of the Professional Development Tutorial for Teachers

    This is a pdf file containing the script of the Professional Development Tutorial for The Virtual Stroke Lab. This script is a narration of the tutorial and includes multiple screen shots. It might be a nice resource to have in addition to watching the tutorial.

  • The Stroke Lab Professional Development Manual (PDF) 12meg

    This pdf provides teachers with a detailed introduction to the lab, pedagogical goals and tips, national science standards, screen captures of the virtual lab itself with additional teaching tips not found on the website. Additionally, there supplementary handouts that teachers can copy for students to use.

    This manual was created for face-to-face teacher workshops organized by The Mind Project. We post all resources provided at our workshops here on our website to support teachers even if they have not attended one of our workshops.

  • PDF (Printable) Version of EMR (Electronic Medical Record)

    The EMR (Electronic Medical Record) is the electronic encyclopedia embedded in the Virtual Stroke Lab that has all of the scientific content that is needed to complete the lab. This is a printable version for use by teachers and students so that the content can be accessed without going into the lab itself.

  • Student Handout for Stroke

    This document contains a handout that can be distributed for students to fill out as they complete The Virtual Stroke Lab. This file contains both the student handout as well as the answer key. This handout is only meant as a supplement for students who are completing the lab outside of class time or with an adult who has never completed the lab. Its purpose is to make sure students walk away from the lab, with the important big ideas. However, the lab was designed to stand on its own, without any additional “paper work” for students to complete. If your students are completing the lab during class time, this handout is not necessary since you can focus their learning and help them to stay on task.

  • Doctor's Notes

    The Doctor's Notes document lists all the entries that students will see in their doctor's notes by the time they complete the lab. This should not be given to students, but is meant as a resource for teachers.


The Mind Project has other online resources to support instructors using our materials. Learn about the possibility of becoming a "Teacher Associate" and discover other services that we offer teachers, by going to the main TEACHER link on our homepage

NBC NIGHTLY NEWS -- Story on Aneurysms & Coiling Procedure

This news story discusses how the coiling procedure is used in the treatment of aneurysms. Teachers could have students watch this before they begin the virtual stroke lab as a way to give students context for what they will be doing. However, the news story might also be viewed after students complete the lab to help them apply the virtual scenario to real life.


This module was funded by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) #R25RR020425, supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).