Zelik Lab for Biomechanics & Assistive Technology


National Biomechanics Day

3/12/2020 Update: We are unfortunately cancelling our 2020 National Biomechanics Day event (originally scheduled for April 8th, 2020). This is in an effort to protect the health and safety of the community, and in compliance with Vanderbilt University’s updated COVID-19 policy on organized events and gatherings. National Biomechanics Day has always been a fun, interactive way to get students and the community excited about science, technology, and applications to human health and mobility. We hope to reschedule for a later date, and will provide updates here as soon as we can.

National Biomechanics Day (NBD) is an international event that seeks to increase awareness of biomechanics (the study of motion and force as applied to biological systems), particularly among high school students, teachers and the general public. The hope is to help incorporate biomechanics into high school curricula as a way to excite and enhance the learning of students in the areas of math, biology and physics. More generally, NBD is a scientific celebration of all things biomechanics including educational institutions, scientific societies, athletic entities seeking to improve performance and reduce injury, biomechanics, instrument manufacturers, and any commercial entities that use biomechanics to create or enhance their products or personnel.

NBD is organized by the American Society of Biomechanics and Vanderbilt University is excited to participate by hosting a day of science, technology, fun, curiosity and discovery. We look forward to hosting high school students/classes for this event, which will include interactive lab tours and hands-on demonstrations related to biomechanics, prosthetics and exoskeletons.

Since its inception nearly 30,000 high school students around THE WORLD have participated in National Biomechanics day, in locations ranging from the US, to Australia, to Brazil, to New Zealand!  Laboratories throughout the country provided hands-on, interactive demonstrations by faculty and college students that produced tremendous excitement about biomechanics among the visitors, as documented by the photographs on: Instagram & Twitter.  We hold a local NBD event at Vanderbilt University each year in our Biomechanics & Assistive Technology Lab, which is located in the newly constructed Engineering & Science Building.

Potential Schedule for Future NBD Event
9am-3pm: Early session is for students, teachers and counselors from local middle and high schools
3pm-5pm: Late session is a Lab Open House (open to all members of the Vanderbilt University community, and members of the surrounding Nashville community; all ages, children and adults, welcome!!!)

Engineering and Science Building (ESB)
Room 331/335/339
1212 25th Ave S
Nashville TN, 37212

Limited metered parking is located on streets around ESB, or ample paid visitor parking is available in the 25th Ave. Garage, which is located directly across the street from ESB.

If you are a local high school teacher, group organizer or administrator, and would like to inquire about bringing a group/class of students to the Early session, then please email the Point(s) of Contact below.

If you are an individual high school student, or parent to a high schooler, or small group of parents/students that are interested in attending, then we would encourage you to come visit during the Late session (Open House). Or email the Point(s) of Contact below to inquire about availability to attend the Early session.

If you are a company or organization interested in contributing to NBD either financially or in some other way (e.g., donation of biomechanics-related videos about your products or processes, listing our NBD event on your website, or any other in-kind or material donation) then please email the Point(s) of Contact info below. Thanks!

Points of Contact
Maura Eveld (maura.e.eveld@vanderbilt.edu)
Emily Matijevich (emily.matijevich@vanderbilt.edu )
Rachel Teater (rachel.h.teater@vanderbilt.edu)

Thanks for reading, and for your interest! You can be sure that NBD will be an exciting and influential event that brings together biomechanical science, technology and sports to inspire high school students across the country.