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Outreach

The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab promotes the concept of active citizenship by encouraging its members to be involved in the local community.  We are regularly involved in department, college, and university events. We also participate in local and national outreach events. We believe that research leads to new knowledge, but that knowledge is only valuable if it is shared!

We are always looking for new opportunities to share our passion for musculoskeletal biomechanics and to promote STEM education!  If you would like help with an event or if you have ideas regarding where we should volunteer, please reach out to Dr. Nichols directly via e-mail.

National Biomechanics Day (NBD)

National Biomechanics Day, which is typically celebrated in April, is an annual event created by the American Society of Biomechanics in which labs around the world host K-12 outreach events focused on biomechanics education. At the University of Florida, National Biomechanics Day activities are jointly coordinated by Dr. Chris Hass, Dr. Daniel Ferris, and Dr. Jennifer Nichols. With over 10 labs from 4 departments and 2 colleges regularly participating, this is a truly interdisciplinary celebration of biomechanics at UF!

If you are a K-12 educator or a UF biomechanics lab that is interested in participating in National Biomechanics Day at the University of Florida, please reach out to this year’s event organizers at NBD@bme.ufl.edu.

Students of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Lab prepping an ultrasound station for NBD 2019.

Outreach Resources

We regularly lead lab tours and hands-on activities. All of our activities aim to teach biomechanical concepts by answering the following questions:

  • What is a model? Why are models important?
  • How do scientists and engineers use models?
  • What is the musculoskeletal system?
  • Why are muscles, bones, and joints designed the way they are?
  • How do humans move?
  • How and why do researchers study human movement?

Activity Guides describing our educational activities are under development and will be available on this page in the near future!

Hand, arm, and sarcomere models built by lab members while leading middle school outreach activities.

Past Events

High School

Elementary & Middle School