Celebrated all over the world by chemists on October 23 between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM, mole day derived from Avogadro’s number – 6.02x1023 which defines number of atoms in one mole of any substance. This is according to Avogadro’s law which states that equal volumes of gases at the same temperature and pressure contains similar number of molecules regardless of their chemical nature and physical properties. It is represented as N and is equivalent to number of atoms present in 12 grams of the carbon-12 isotope.
Inspired by an article in “The Science Teacher” Maurice Oehler, a retired high school chemistry teacher founded National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) on May15, 1991.
Many schools in the United States, Australia, Canada and South Africa celebrate mole day. This is done to get all their students interested in knowing more about the subject (chemistry).
Foods that play with the word mole or Avogadro are useful to celebrate mole day. Students are encouraged to bring items such as cakes in the shape of a mole, a ginger bread house in the shape of a mole, and other creative mole-related food.
Car-mole apples, mole-ton chocolate cake, mar-mole-ade cookies are some of the food items that can be used to celebrate mole day.
Foods with avocado which should be played as Avogadro can be tried. Cakes in the shape of mole, and foods given chemical names can also be presented at mole day celebrations.
Foods with caramel presented as car-mole, molasses cookies, guacamole containing avocado, cake accessorized with mole shaped cards are also eaten.