Whether for extra credit, tradition or the opportunity to make puns, chemistry students create mole-themed art every year in celebration of National Mole Day.
Mole Day is so named after the unit of measurement, the mole, which equals 6.022 × 1023, hence the holiday’s celebration on Oct. 23.
“Some teachers actually celebrate it at 6.022, six in the morning,” Chemistry I (H) teacher Sarwat Jafry said. “I said, ‘I’m not going to do that,’ so we celebrate it during lunch.”
Students’ ani-mole-themed art ranges from drawings and poems to songs and baked goods. One year, a class worked together to craft a life-sized mole out of cloth and stuffing.
“It was almost three times my size,” Jafry said. “We ended up having to dismantle it because it [created] some safety issues in the classroom.”
Another student sewed a stuffed mole modeled off “Carol” from the belovedly macabre safety poster. The poster depicts a woman who did not wear her safety goggles and consequently went blind. Accordingly, the mole toy sports black felt glasses and previously a walking cane.
According to Jafry, Mole Day gives students a unique way to celebrate science.
“Science is sometimes viewed by some students as being non-creative, so we like to make it fun with something like this,” Jafry said.