Color of Science

Written by Raluca, Celine, and Joshua

This past Saturday, April 2, ozone garden volunteers Celine and Joshua led an activity at the Color of Science program at The Franklin Institute. The Color of Science is an annual program that highlights diversity in science by exploring the contributions of underrepresented groups, including women and persons of color, to modern science, engineering and technology.


The Franklin Institute’s Environmental Scientist, Dr. Raluca Ellis, introduced the activity on the formation of ground-level ozone and its effect on humans and plants. Using LEGO bricks, visitors learned the ingredients needed to make ozone: VOCs, nitrogen oxides, and sunlight, and found out about our ozone garden research project and how they can observe ozone-induced leaf damage on their own.

Here’s what Joshua and Celine had to say about the event:

“I was anxious at first, having no idea how it would all work out. I watched Raluca do the activity a few times and observed the kids’ reactions. When Celine and I took over, we decided to ease into it by sharing duties. Through repetition, I was able to learn the intended purpose and flow of the activity and sharpened my understanding of the reactions involved. It was cool to try to explain what we’ve been doing in simple terms.” -Joshua

“My experience with the Color of Science at The Franklin Institute was immensely fascinating and unforgettable. The vast range of different scientists and students present showed a very diverse  atmosphere in the realm of science from engineers to bioscientists. On this day, I was able to showcase the Ozone Garden project at the Franklin Institute to several groups of students. We demonstrated the formation of ozone through Lego pieces. I enjoyed teaching the students the process of making a ozone and informing them about the harmful effects of air pollution. Likewise, I,too, had learned plenty at this event. While walking around, I was able to meet some brilliant minded scientists presenting their occupation or research. During these several hours, I learned the intricate functions of a microphone to how to patent an object. Overall, I had thoroughly enjoyed the event and am looking forward to this next year.” -Celine


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