October 23rd is that special day of the year when all good chemists gather together to celebrate the most “elemental” day of the year – MOLE DAY! Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. It was started in 1991 by the National Mole Day Foundation (www.moleday.org/). Today over 5,000 schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles. One mole of a pure substance contains 6.02 x1023 particles. The mole is a counting unit used in chemistry. It is very similar to the idea that a dozen means twelve.
On this day, we plan to take a much needed break from our academics and celebrate Mole Day! We will do this by creating t-shirts to wear that day for a shirt contest, creating cards to hand out, by taking a Mole Day pledge, Mole Day selfies, play some mole-y games, tell mole-y jokes and enjoy some mole-y food. BUT…we need your help!
If you are willing or able to help us celebrate this day, we could use you to bring in some food, bring in some brown “mole” balloons etc. I’d give you huge kudos if you could find a “mole” piñata or a mole (or bear would be close?) costume – for extra credit, perhaps. I hope to convince one of our longer-haired gentleman to dress up like Avogadro that day.
Some food ideas might be: guaca-mole, water-mole-n, mole-dy green cookies, a mole cake, brown mole cupcakes, le-mole-ade, brownies served as Avogadro’s Mole Food, mole-asses cookies, pie al la mole, ani-mole crackers … etc!!!
We would love any help you can provide. Please sign up at the link below! If you have any other “Mole-y” ideas, I welcome them!