HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan Technological University is taking part in National Biomechanics Day Thursday, April 6, a world-wide event for high-school teachers and students to advance the science and education of human biomechanics.
This year’s theme is “Science Meets Fun on National Biomechanics Day.” The Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology (KIP) Department has collaborated with several departments across campus to invite local students to engage in fun, hands-on activities focused on biomechanics research.
Students will start their visit with KIP faculty, Steve Elmer and Tejin Yoon. Elmer will engage students in building a wooden apparatus they will use to investigate the influence of rotational inertia on turning performance. To do this students will navigate a slalom course with and without the wooden apparatus. Yoon will demonstrate the many tools used to analyze and describe human motion during exercise, and students will even get a chance to test their strength compared to Michigan Tech football players.
Students will also have the opportunity to visit additional biomechanics laboratories across campus. Physical Therapist, Caroline Gwaltney, and several Central Michigan University doctorate of physical therapy students, will demonstrate how foot position can alter posture.
Students will also make imprints of their foot type and analyze how different foot type impacts movement across multiple joints.
In Mo Rastgaar’s HIROlab, students will place EMG sensors on their arms and move a robotic arm, as well as investigate an agile robotic prosthesis as it moves on a circular treadmill.
Finally, students will wear trackable sensors to experiment with creating sound from their own movement and dance in Myounghoon "Philart" Jeon's Mind Music and Machine lab.
The event will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday with lab activities scheduled to begin at 9:10 a.m. There are both morning and afternoon sessions. Students and teachers from Hancock and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City will participate in the morning session, with Calumet and DB-TC students again, participating in afternoon sessions.