BME Department Wins NBD Student Competition

Congratulations to the labs in our department who won the National Biomechanics Day student competition! See their Facebook post of the announcement here. Our own Stephanie took the lead in compiling instructions for the activities conducted in our lab, Matt Fisher’s Lab, Greg Sawicki’s Lab, Kate Saul’s Lab and Jason Franz’s Lab. Here’s what ASB had to say:


2017 NBD Competition Award Recipients: Content
This year, for the second annual National Biomechanics Day (NBD), the first NBD Competition was carried out. The purpose of this competition was to both increase enthusiasm surrounding NBD and recognize programs that put together exemplary NBD presentations. Created by the Student Advocacy Committee, the NBD Competition was divided into two primary categories: content and impact.
We received thirteen entries from three different countries. After careful review and collaborative deliberation, we are proud to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2017 NBD competition!
The content category was created to recognize schools and labs who utilized engaging, useful, and both cost and time efficient lab demonstrations. Labs were encouraged to upload their demonstrations to the ASB Teaching Repository, for future replication by others. The winners and their submission representatives are as follows (in no particular order):
  1. North Carolina State/University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Stephanie Teeter): This group uploaded their demos to the ASB Teaching Repository, allowing others the opportunity to recreate them. The NC State/UNC team consisted of six independent laboratories who hosted unique demos covering a wide variety of topics in biomechanics and motor control, ranging from applications of material property testing in orthopedic care to the design of exoskeletons used to assist human locomotion. This group also hosted a scavenger hunt based on the demos to further engage the students. Overall, this event was an interactive and exciting showcase of biomechanics which introduced the students to biomechanics research and the impact it can have on the world!

National Biomechanics Day 2017

The second annual National Biomechanics Day took place on April 6, 2017. We taught about 50 local high school students more about this exciting field. Check out some photos below.


Jon demonstrating a mechanical testing system (and breaking some chicken bones)


Carolyn explaining how Twizzlers Filled Twists are a composite material


Nicholas showing off our mouse treadmill


Look at how many students participated!


It’s a tough job, but someone has to eat the leftover candy.

National Biomechanics Day 2016

The first annual National Biomechanics Day was held on April 7, 2016. Its goal was to attract high school students to the emerging field of biomechanics. We had students from several local schools come to Centennial Campus and tour some of the labs in our department, including the OML. Our content focused on the importance of bone micro-architecture and cellular activity. Also, Andy used a hand-crank three point bending system to break a chicken bone, which was pretty neat!

Bits & Bytes 2016

Jacque, Andy, Carolyn, Hui, and Amir once again teamed with the The Engineering Place, this time to teach middle school school students about bone repair at their Bits and Bytes Engineering Day for middle schoolers. We may have had even more fun than the students! 

Bits and Bytes 2015

Jacque teamed up with Dr. Simon Roe from the NC State Vet School to give a presentation to local high school students as part of the NC State Engineering Bits and Bytes Day. They talked about bone material properties and how we can potentially improve treatment options for injury. The students experimented with breaking chalk and Popsicle sticks, and also worked with external fixators to determine effective configurations for bone healing.


OML Participates in SciREN

The OML participated in SciREN, which aims to connect local STEM researchers and educators to foster the dissemination of current research and ultimately enhance the science literacy of today’s youth. Nicholas wrote an amazing lesson plan focusing on the structure and function of bone, including studying material properties, Wolff’s Law, and comparative bone anatomy of various animals.

If you’re interested in checking out the lesson, you can find it here: Structure and Function of Bone Activity. Any feedback would be very much appreciated, please email Stephanie or Nicholas.

Here are some photos of us in action!

Nicholas explains bone mechanics to some local students

Nicholas tells some local teachers about our lesson plan.

OML Presents to IMHOTEP

Several labs in the BME Department, including OML, gave lab tours to middle school students participating in the IMHOTEP program at NC State. 

From left to right: Stephanie, Andy, Carolyn, Nicholas and Jacque all helped out

Jacque posing with Pam Gilchrist, who runs the IMHOTEP program



Andy explaining to the students how the Materials Testing System works, and showing it off with some chicken bones

Nicholas talks about our lab’s research

Carolyn points out where the scapula is on a skeleton. The scapular is important in her research project, NBPI.