High school students learn about Kinesiology, Integrative Physiology at Michigan Tech

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Science became both interactive and fun for high school students Thursday in Houghton. Nearly 30 Dollar Bay juniors and seniors spent the day at Michigan Technological University for National Biomechanics Day.

It’s a national, and even international day, to celebrate the scientific studies of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. That’s where physics is applied to understand human and animal movement.

The students, who are taking physics classes now, took part in several hands-on activities in MTU’s labs.

“We’re really giving them experiences where they can understand how humans move and apply that to sports,” Integrated Physiology Professor Steven Elmer said. “Once they finish up here in this department, they have the choice to go look at applications in physical therapy, mechanical engineering, as well as computer science.”

As the Baby Boomers age, Michigan Tech is trying to get local high schools to establish physiology classes with hopes of helping the elderly.

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