Past KTU Programs - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at Ohio
Dr. Melanie LottMarch 04, 2017
How did your body do that?

An interactive session led by Dr. Melanie Lott

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Denison University

Have you ever wondered how our bodies make it possible for us to do all of the amazing things that humans can do? How does quarterback J.T. Barrett launch a perfect pass 30 yards down the field for an Ohio State touchdown? How does Olympic gymnast Simone Biles tumble and spin on a balance beam only as wide as one of her feet? Whether you are an Olympic athlete or an everyday kid, your body does incredible things every day! Did you know that in just landing from a jump, your knees can withstand a force of thousands of pounds? Or that people can sense nano-scale wrinkles (about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair!) when running their fingers across a surface? In this fun, interactive session we will explore how our senses and muscles work together to make our bodies move. You will also get to use high-tech equipment to measure some of the forces you generate while moving. Together we will learn how physics can help you move smarter. Dr. Melanie Lott grew up running, dancing, and loving math and science, so what better career to choose than one studying the science behind how the human body moves! Dr. Lott earned a B.S. in Physics from Denison University, a M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Bryn Mawr College. She and her students have worked on research projects investigating the physics behind a wide range of activities – including dance, track & field, taekwondo, baseball, horse jumping, and human jumping. Dr. Lott is interested in how the human body interacts with the external world as well as how our muscles work to drive our bodies to do all of the many amazing feats we can do. Her current research investigates how dancers sense and correct for balance while rotating in a spin called a pirouette.
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