Penn State Berks to host National Biomechanics Day on April 11

Students attend workshops at Berks Biomechanics Day

During Penn State Berks National Biomechanics Day, students attend a variety of workshops that include interactive laboratory activities, school and career information, and time for questions.

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READING, Pa. —The Penn State Berks Human Movement and Research Center will host the college’s second annual National Biomechanics Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. Approximately 125 high school students and chaperones are registered for the program. Light refreshments will be provided.

Designed for high school students interested in science and engineering and, in particular, their applications to human movement, the event will consist of workshops conducted by Penn State Berks faculty. Workshops will include interactive laboratory activities, school and career information, and time for questions. 

Several demonstrations will take place, including: fluid flow with dye in the Fluid Dynamics Lab (Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building), motion capture equipment in the Gait Lab (Beaver Community Center), EKG measurements on the treadmill in the Human Movement Research Lab (Beaver Community Center), and a 3-D printer project (Room 105, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building). There also will be interactive workshops facilitated by Penn State Health St. Joseph and Tower Health on the Perkins Student Center lawn.

Students and chaperones are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch with them, and Penn State Berks will supply snacks and drinks for the students. The Cyber Café also will be open for attendees to purchase sandwiches and other lunch items.

National Biomechanics Day is a worldwide celebration of biomechanics in its many forms for high school students and teachers, sponsored by the American Society of Biomechanics.

About the Human Movement Research Center

The Human Movement Research Center is a multi-disciplinary collaborative research group consisting of Penn State Berks faculty with research, education and outreach interests related to enhancing human movement and improving life. Bringing together expertise from kinesiology, engineering, mathematics, psychology, and other disciplines allows the research team to address important questions about human movement from a broad perspective.

For additional information about National Biomechanics Day, contact Joseph Mahoney, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, at [email protected], or visit