Announcing National Lab Day on May 12

National Lab Day is an ongoing grassroots initiative with a mission to bring together volunteers, university students, educators, scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals to provide discovery-based science experiences to the younger community.

Scientists will celebrate National Lab Day on May 12 with activities across the country to foster science learning in students in grades K-12.  National Lab Day is an ongoing grass roots initiative with a mission to bring together volunteers, university students, educators, scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals to provide discovery based science experiences to the younger community.  The American Psychological Association will be participating in the initiative along with over 200 other organizations.

APA encourages scientists in all areas of psychology to participate in National Lab Day.  To date, more than 1,200 scientists have signed up to share their expertise and time.  Scientists are encouraged to register on the Nation Lab Day website, which connects researchers with other individuals and groups in their communities.  Scientists may also post information about potential special projects and respond directly to others’ posts.  To find resources and tools for engaging youth in science activities visit the APA webpage on K-12 education.

The National Lab Day online registration page prompts scientists to choose areas of expertise from a list of disciplines, and currently behavioral and social sciences are not included in this list.  APA believes it is critical that psychology be recognized as a STEM science and is in discussions with National Lab Day organizers to have an additional category added to the online registration page.  In the meantime, scientists are encouraged to use the write-in option to indicate expertise in behavioral and social sciences in addition to selecting any fields already on the list that describe their expertise.