The FABBS Foundation and Howard University joined together at the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival to show how psychological scientists study ostracism, and why it’s important to learn about it. Students participated in a brief simulation, a face-to-face ball tossing game, and learned about some of the research findings. Students left the game with stickers reading “I Include” and committed to including other kids in activities at home or school.
Many students who swung by the interactive exhibit said that they were well aware of ostracism and that even before visiting the festival they have already reached out to include others at school and at home. One girl attending grade school told the researchers that when new children join her ballet class, she makes a point of welcoming them.
Festival officials reported that more than 150,000 people participated in the three-day event including students, teachers, military families, government officials and the press. At Fabbs-Howard University booth, thousands of kids received Frisbees that included a weblink to more information on the science of inclusion and exclusion.