APA exhibits at inaugural U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival
On October 23 and 24, APA presented an exhibit at the first national U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival weekend expo in Washington, DC. The mission of the festival is to “re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” The festival culminated in a 2-day Grand Finale Expo on the National Mall, Freedom Plaza, and other locations in downtown DC, featuring more than 500 exhibits and attended by about 500,000 children and adults (according to the Washington Post).
APA’s exhibit, titled “Let’s Use Our Heads to Save the Environment,” focused on ways in which psychological research can contribute to environmental efforts. The exhibit featured a slide show with information about five human behavior research themes — decision making, feedback, social influence, values, and awareness — and discussion questions to encourage viewers to think and talk about the implications of psychology research for using less energy and reducing pollution. APA Science Directorate staff, along with graduate students in psychology from Georgetown University, University of Maryland, George Mason University, and George Washington University, engaged expo attendees in conversation about psychology’s status as a STEM field and its relevance to environmental issues. Copies of the executive summary (PDF, 79 KB) of the report (PDF, 10.94 MB) of APA’s Task Force on the Interface of Psychology and Global Climate Change were available at the booth. Attendees were also encouraged to visit APA’s Research in Action webpage to learn more about applications of psychology research.