Outreach Expo: Call for Submission of Biomechanics Demos and Lab Activities

Deadline extended! Submissions are now due June 3.


We are pleased to announce the initiation of a new ASB educational outreach effort to compile and present ‘hands-on’ biomechanics demonstrations and lab activities. This is part of ASB’s larger effort to get K-12 students excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by showcasing the field of biomechanics to the general public.

We are calling on the ASB membership to submit lesson plans that could easily be recreated by teachers in a classroom describing a biomechanics demonstration, lab activity, or both. If chosen among the top 5 submissions, you and your team will get to roll out your lesson plan live at this year’s 40th annual meeting of ASB (ASB40). The top 5 submissions will be awarded a $500 travel award to attend the meeting and funds will be provided to cover supplies for the outreach expo.

Applicants will prepare a packet containing a description of a biomechanical concept along with step-by-step directions complete with list of materials/costs required to carry out a ~20 minute ‘hands-on’ demo or activity. Applicants will also prepare a short instructional video to be uploaded to YouTube demonstrating execution of the lesson plan contents.

Submissions are due Monday, May 23rd (Extension! Now due June 3). Submit packets and any questions to Tracy Giest (tlnorman@ncsu.edu).

Application instructions and materials:






Additional details: The top 5 exemplar submissions will be featured in the first annual ASB STEM Outreach Expo set to take place on the morning of the first day of the meeting (August 2, 2016) at the Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. This public event will be open to the general public, allowing for engagement between scientists and engineers (us!) and local students from school districts all around the greater Raleigh area. Following the Expo the selected submissions will be moved to a booth in the exhibit hall at the meeting site in the downtown Raleigh Convention Center and displayed for the ASB attendees to enjoy for the remainder of the conference. Following ASB40, all applicants (winners and non-winners alike) will be given the option to make their lesson plans publically available on-line through a web-based archive of biomechanics educational materials hosted on the ASB webpage.