23rd October is a Mole Day, a celebration of chemistry that is created by a Wisconsin chemistry teacher to promote interest of chemistry in students. This year Mole Day will be celebrated on Saturday, 23 October 2010. Moles of the Caribbean is theme for Mole Day 2010.
Mole Day is celebrated on October 23 every year between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m on the honor of Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Many high schools in United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various chemistry or moles related activities.
As per the National Mole Day Foundation, Mole Day was originated in an article in The Science Teacher journal early in the 1980s. Maurice Oehler, who is a retired high school chemistry teacher from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, inspired by the article of The Science Teacher journal and founded the National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) on May 15, 1991 that provides Mole Day resources for chemistry teachers everywhere.
Here are some activities to make your Mole Day fun and enjoyable:
- Determine all about Amedeo Avogadro including when and where he lived. Make the front page for a newspaper of that day and locale and include an article detailing his accomplishments and other articles covering issues and information (political, social, etc.) of his epoch and region. (Avogadro was involved in the politics of his day.)
- Dress as a “mole,” any kind of mole (the animal, the spy, the skin, the skin condition, the Mexican sauce, etc.)
- Create mole buttons using button-making kits that are available at craft stores. Students who choose this activity to make several of the same design are required to exchange designs with other students and, give 1 to the teacher. All of you need to wear them while the Mole Day.
- Make a poster or banner, illustrating with something well-known the actual size of the number 6.02 × 1023. For example, challenge students to illustrate the statement above from the Modern Chemistry1 textbook.
- Create edible goodies such as Avogadro dip and bake mole, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. Some clever cook might create a recipe, using 1 mole of flour, sugar, and chocolate, etc. Do not use the animal as an ingredient, yuck.
- Design your own or buy a mole T-shirt.
- Make posters for inviting everyone to celebrate Mole Day.
- Build a mole home as for the animal using a mole (22.4 L of gas)-sized container.
- A mole of several substances must be calculated in grams and show them for comparison.
- Compose poems, stories, or songs, and mole jokes.
- Draw and illustrate a cartoon of a mole.
- Make or purchase a mole hand puppet or stuffed animal and make it your friend for the day.
Chemistry teachers can celebrate Mole Day by handing out fun puzzles and activities, telling jokes, leading the class in a pledge of allegiance to the mole, decorating their classrooms with stuffed moles and inviting students to present their own interpretation of Mole Day.
More Mole Day activities and suggestions for celebrating Mole Day including Mole Day projects such as the Molympics and Mole-opoly can be found on the NMDF’s official website at www.moleday.org.