National Biomechanics Day, April 6, 2017
Dear Biomechanists, High School Students and Teachers and Other Participating Friends and Colleagues,
We have organized National Biomechanics Day, NBD, to advance Biomechanics science and education by increasing the awareness and appreciation of Biomechanics among the high school community around the world. NBD 2017 will be our second NBD celebration following the hugely successful and enjoyable NBD 2016 which had over 2,000 smiling high school students and teachers in Biomechanics Labs across the U.S. In fact, we had more smiles on more faces in more Biomechanics Labs than ever before. Our theme this year is, “Science Meets Fun on National Biomechanics Day,” and without doubt everyone will see and think that Biomechanics is one cool science and a fabulous, exciting professional career.
Biomechanics education now occurs almost exclusively at the university level. The long term goal of NBD is to incorporate Biomechanics into high school curricula across the country and around the world. We envision a time when high school students can choose among math, history, biomechanics, chemistry, physics, and more. Biomechanics is placed in the middle of this list because it will be as standard as any other discipline. When Biomechanics advances by stepping back from a university-initiated to a high school-initiated discipline, more people will receive training in biomechanics, more people will enter university with an appreciation of biomechanics, and more people will ultimately choose to do biomechanics in any of its many manifestations as a career endeavor. Some will choose to do Biomechanics science but just as meaningfully others will choose to use biomechanics in medical, commercial, industrial, and performance based careers.
NBD will be a unified and synchronized celebration of Biomechanics among all participating laboratories. We will all work together on April 6, 2017* and demonstrate Biomechanics to high school students, teachers, and parents. Last year we had over 150 Biomechanists in 35 states showing Biomechanics to over 2,000 high school students and teachers. This year…5,000 students and teachers? 10,000? Let’s shoot for the moon.
Please return to this NBD website in the coming weeks and months. We will continually add new materials and information about NBD 2017. We are ever so grateful for your interest and participation in NBD.
Professor, East Carolina University and
Past-President, American Society of Biomechanics
Founder, National Biomechanics Day
*While most sites will hold NBD 2017 on April 6, some cannot due to scheduling conflicts. These sites will celebrate NBD on dates close to April 6 and so contribute to the enjoyment and excitement of NBD 2017.