The Biomechanics Initiative & National Biomechanics Day Celebrate the Breakthrough Science of the 21st Century
Dear Biomechanists, High School Students and Teachers and All Participating Friends and Colleagues,
The Biomechanics Initiative is a new, non-profit organization created to promote Biomechanics science and application around the world. The Initiative will be the host for the ever-popular National Biomechanics Day and will also create other outreach events, scholarship and research opportunities, and other activities that bring Biomechanics into the mainstream of human society. We promote the idea that Biomechanics will be the Breakthrough Science of the 21st Century!
National Biomechanics Day began in 2016 as a Biomechanics outreach event within the United States, but quickly expanded to a world-wide, international celebration of Biomechanics in 2017. Our mission is to advance Biomechanics science and education by increasing the awareness and appreciation of Biomechanics among the high school community around the world. NBD 2021 will be our sisth NBD celebration following the hugely successful and enjoyable events the previous five years. These had over 29,000 smiling high school students and over 900 smiling teachers in Biomechanics Labs around the world. NBD 2021 will be fun, exciting, and enjoyable science for everyone. In fact, our theme is, “Science Meets Fun on National Biomechanics Day.” It really does! We ask all biomechanists, really every biomechanist, to volunteer for and participate in NBD 2021. While we provide extensive guidance, it’s also really easy: invite some high school students to your biomechanics facility and show them cool science! You can see fabulous photos and videos and read about our previous NBDs in the NBD Archives page on this site.
Biomechanics is the fundimental example of STEM and STEAM educational initiatives. It combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics into one awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, human-enhancing, creative endeavor. Kids love it, are amazed by it, and are drawn to it. Presently, youngsters have little exposure to Biomechanics because Biomechanics education occurs almost exclusively at the university level. The long term goal of NBD is to incorporate Biomechanics into high school curricula around the world. 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.
National Biomechanics Day will be a unified and synchronized celebration of Biomechanics among all participating laboratories. We will all work together on April 7, 2021 and demonstrate Biomechanics to high school students and teachers and some parents, too. This year NBD will enable Biomechanics to become the breakthrough science of the 21st century.
Please return to this NBD website regularly in the coming weeks and months. We will continually add new materials and information related to NBD 2021. We are ever so grateful for your interest and participation in NBD.
Paul DeVita, Ph.D.
Founder and Director, The Biomechanics Initiative and National Biomechanics Day,
Professor of Kinesiology, East Carolina University and
Past President, American Society of Biomechanics
**While most sites will hold NBD 2021 on April 7th, some cannot due to scheduling conflicts. These sites will celebrate NBD on dates close to April 7th and so contribute to the enjoyment and excitement of NBD 2021.