Based on research from CU Boulder’s Integrative Physiology Department, learners in this class will explore biomechanics and the physics of walking versus running in stations focused on measurement, modeling and human body systems. They will measure forces, calculate accelerations, use unique human body systems models, iPad applications, PHET simulations and get to see and use real cutting-edge prosthetic devices. The program wraps up with an exciting exploration of cutting-edge technologies, biomechatronics and careers in applied physiology and sports science.
Related News and Press Resources:
- CU Boulder Lab Pushes Athletes and Their Prosthetics To Be Stronger and Go Faster, ABC 7 News, June 2015
- Dr. Alena Grabowsky at TEDxBoulder (video)
- CU Research Helped Propel Amputee-Sprinter Oscar Pistorius to Olympics, CU News Center, July 2012
Related Education Resources:
- CU-TeachEngineering.org Prosthetic Party Activity
- CU-PHET Forces and Motion Simulation
- CU-PHET Forces and Motion Simulation (in HTML5 for tablets)
- OpenSim Biomechanics Modeling Project (register to download free software and models)
- Playground Physics iPad App from New York Hall of Science
- KineMan Interactive 3D Human Body Model
- National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Muscles and Bones Activity Guide
- Program PowerPoint and printable resources were distributed to participating teachers via Dropbox. If you did not receive them, please contact Eric Carpenter via email.
- Vernier force plate
- Conair extra-large scale (pounds)
- BalanceFrom high accuracy digital bathroom scale (pounds and kilos)
- Human muscle anatomy chart
- Little Tom Skeletons (used with small hooks for the rubber band skeleton activity)
- Fiskars 1/8th inch hole punch (for making small, circular holes in the rubber bands for the Rubber Band Skeleton Activity)
- Stamina in Motion Treadmill
A special thanks to Seth O’Brian from Artificial Limb Specialists in Mesa, AZ and Abby Chandler from Choice Orthotics and Prosthetics in Knoxville, TN for the generous donations of biomechanical and prosthetic devices for this workshop!