National Biomechanics Day 2019


We are pleased to invite you and your students to attend our third National Biomechanics Day at Penn State Berks on April 10, 2019. Last year’s event was a great success and we are excited to offer a bigger and better version this year! This event is being hosted by the Human Movement Research Center at Penn State Berks.

This event is designed for high school students interested in science and engineering and, particularly, their applications to human movement. The event consists of workshops conducted by Penn State Berks faculty, staff, and undergraduate research students. Workshops will include interactive laboratory activities, school and career information and time for questions. Workshops will also be given by clinicians from local Hospitals. The workshop locations include our Motion Capture Lab, Water Channel and Fluids Lab, Virtual Reality Lab, Cadaver Lab, and 3D Printer workspace.

If you came in past years, we will have many of the same or similar activities that we previously offered. We will also have new stations to accommodate the larger crowd that we are expecting. Please be aware that your group will not visit every station at the event. We cannot accommodate special requests for stations. Last year’s big hit was the cadaver lab so we will try our best to get every group a chance to see it. We are targeting the program to students in their Junior year, but students at all levels are welcome to attend.

You must supply chaperones for your students. We require at least two chaperones for 1-18 students and at least four for 19-36 students, etc. Chaperones can be a teacher, guidance counselor, or parent. The program will run from 9:30 am ‑ 2:00 pm.

There is no cost for attending the event. Students and chaperones should bring a bagged lunch with them and we will supply some snacks and drinks to the students. Additionally, the Cybercafé will be open to purchase sandwiches and other lunch items. Be aware that the line for the café may be long so it is advised for students to bring their lunch. If you bring a cooler, we can store it until lunchtime.

Please contact Joe Mahoney at with questions about the event and how to register your school to attend. Please submit only once for each school and choose one contact person to be your liaison. Also note, there is no way to modify your information after submission, so please ensure that it is correct before submitting.

Closer to the event, I will be sending each contact person the schedule for each school and more details about the day. We will also be putting more information on the event website at

Please feel free forward this information to your colleagues that may be interested.

We hope that you will be able to join us this year!

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Event Schedule

9:30 – 10:00 Opening Address (Perkins Auditorium)
10:00 – 10:10 Transfer
10:10 – 10:30 Session 1
10:30 – 10:40 Transfer
10:40 – 11:00 Session 2
11:00 – 11:10 Transfer
11:10 – 11:30 Session 3
11:30 – 11:40 Transfer
11:40 – 12:00 Session 4
12:00 – 12:40 Lunch (Gaige) and Transfer
12:40 – 1:00 Session 5
1:00 – 1:10 Transfer
1:10 – 1:30 Session 6
1:30 – 1:40 Transfer
1:40 – 2:00 Session 7

Group Assignments

  • Group 1: Daniel Boone, Fleetwood
  • Group 2: Antietam A, CB East
  • Group 3: Wilson, Emmaus
  • Allentown Central Catholic (ACC)
  • Building 21 A (B21 A)
  • Building 21 B (B21 B)
  • Lehigh Valley Academy A (LVA A)
  • Lehigh Valley Academy B (LVA B)
  • Antietam B
  • North Lebanon
  • East Lebanon
  • Berks Career and Technical Center (BCTC)
  • Muhlenberg A
  • Muhlenberg B

If you have an “A” and “B” group, please split your students and chaperones evenly between them.

Activity Assignments

Group Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Session 7
ACC G206 T138 BDS L203 FL G209
Antietam B G106 G229 FL G209 BGYM1 G208 PL
B21 A BLAB BDS PL G105 G208 FL G108
B21 B BDS BLAB G206 PL G105 G108 G122
BCTC G105 G106 G229 BDS T138 G122 G208
E Lebanon G229 G105 BGYM1 BLAB G122 G206 L203
Group 1 G208 FL G209 G206 L203 G229 G106
Group 2 T138 G122 G106 G208 G209 BGYM1 BLAB
Group 3 BGYM1 PL T138 FL G206 L203 G209
LVA B G209 G206 L203 G122 BLAB BDS G229
Muhlenberg A FL BGYM1 G208 G106 G229 PL BDS
Muhlenberg B G122 G208 G105 G229 PL G106 G206
N Lebanon L203 G209 BLAB BGYM1 G106 T138 FL


BDS The Biomechanics of Jumping Beaver Dance Studio
BGYM1 Functional Movement Screen: How Well Do You Move? Beaver Gym
BLAB 3D Motion Analysis for Biomechanics and CGI Beaver Gait Lab
FL Feedback Control with Walking Franco Lobby
G105 Human-Inspired Robotics Gaige 105
G106 Go Print Yourself!  Biomedical Applications of 3D Scanning and Printing Gaige 106
G108 Machine Shop Gaige 108
(Machine Shop)
G122 Feedback Control with Walking Gaige 122/Lobby
G206 Balance Testing Gaige 206
G208 If a Tree Walks in the Forest, and It Is Not Wearing a Fitbit, Did It Take Steps? Gaige 208
G209 Biomechanical Data Analysis Gaige 209
G229 Fun with Ex-Phys (Morning)
Movement in a Virtual World (Afternoon)
Gaige 229
L203 Musculoskeletal Biomechanics
(***Cadaver Lab***)
Luerssen 203
PL Throwing Activity Perkins Lawn
(Gym if raining/cold)
T138 Engineering, Ahead! Thun 138

Location and Directions

Campus Map


Previous Years



The Biomechanics of Jumping

Functional Movement Screen: How Well Do You Move?

3D Motion Analysis for Biomechanics and CGI

Feedback Control with Walking

Human-Inspired Robotics

Machine Shop

Balance Testing

If a Tree Walks in the Forest, and It Is Not Wearing a Fitbit, Did It Take Steps?

Go Print Yourself!  Biomedical Applications of 3D Scanning and Printing

Fun with Ex-Phys

Movement in a Virtual World

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

Throwing Activity

Biomechanical Data Analysis

R Studio



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