Mole Day 2021: History, Significance, Theme and Activities

Mole Day 2021: It is celebrated every year on 23 October from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. commemorates chemistry’s measuring unit called “Avogadro’s Number

Mole Day 2021: History, Significance, Theme and Activities
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Mole Day 2021  was created to generate interest in the subject of Chemistry. Several schools throughout the United States around the world celebrate Mole Day. They perform various activities related to chemistry or moles.

What is a mole?

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule. For better understanding let us take an example of a water molecule. It has a molar mass of 18 that is one mole of water weighs 18 grams. Similarly, one mole of neon has a molar mass of 20 grams. That is one mole of any substance contains Avagadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. Madeo Avogadro, for the first time, discovered this relationship and after his death, he received the credit for this.

Mole Day 2021: History and Significance

An article appeared in the early 1980s in The Science Teacher about a high school chemistry teacher and her rational for the idea of celebrating the day. From this article, the seed was planted for establishing a national organisation.

The National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) was established on 15 May, 1991. The objective of the National Mole Day Foundation was and continues to get all persons, mainly students, interested or enthused about chemistry. The Foundation in 1992 became a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Wisconsin.

The newly established "National Mole of the Year" Award was first presented at the ChemEd '93 conference at Buttler University. This award continued with presentations at ChemEd '95 at Old Dominion University and ChemEd '97 at the University of Minnesota. Really it is the "Mole-of-the-Every-Other Year" as the award is presented in odd-numbered years at the ChemEd Conferences.

As the years have passed, interest within the National Mole Day Foundation has become widespread. The day is celebrated in various foreign countries, especially in Canada and in Australia. In Australia, the CSIRO (which is analogous to NSTA) encourages every teacher of science subject to celebrate National Mole Day. Therefore, we can say that NMDF was created with the intention to generate interest in chemistry.

Mole Day: Theme 2021

Every year, a popular theme is chosen to celebrate Mole Day. Mole theme for the year 2020 was Molezilla.

Other past Mole Day themes were :-

2018 – Moley Potter


2016 – Periodic Table of EleMoleMents

2015 – May The Moles Be With You

2014 – Mole-O-Ween

2013 – Animole Kingdom

2012 – Molar Eclipse

2011 – Moles of the Round Table

2010 – Moles of the Caribbean

2009 – Molar Express

2008 – Mole of Fortune

2007 – Double Theme

2006 – Mole Madness

2005 – Moles Go Round

2004 – Pi a la Mole

2003 – Rock N’ Mole

2002 – Molar Reflections

2001 – Molar Odyssey

2000 – Celebrate The Molennium

1999 – Its A Mole World

1998 – Ride The Molercoaster

1997 – We Dig Chemistry

1996 – Molemorial Day

1995 – Moledi Gras

1994 – An Ace In The Mole

1993 – Mole Out The Barrel

1992 – Go For The Mole

1991 – The Mole The Merrier

Mole Day Activities & Project

Chemistry lovers all across the world celebrate Mole Day with great enthusiasm. Many activities and events are organized on this day. Many schools encourage students to prepare a mole day project to mark the celebrations. Some interesting ideas for Mole Day Activities are –

Poem or story writing competition on mole

Mole-e-thon race

Costume competition

Cupcake competition

“Mole-Rouge” theatre

Painting competition

You can also prepare an interesting art and craft project based on this years’ theme. It is could be a painting or a hand-crafted model or even a digital project. You can also use your imaginative horizons and place the mole in your favorite comic or movie story and prepare a physical display model of the same. How about Mole-Jedi or Caption Moleval? Interesting, isn’t it? Leave a comment below and let’s know what’s your project idea on Mole day this year. Till then, have a HAPPY MOLE DAY!

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