Happy Mole Day!
Today, Oct. 23, Tupelo High School students commemorated chemistry’s basic measuring unit, the mole. Beginning at 6:02 this morning, THS chemistry students celebrated Mole Day with a parade, pledges, poetry and posters, all in honor of Amadeo Avogadro, the first person to propose the concepts of molecules. The famous chemist came up with the number 6.022 times 10 to the 23rd power, one of the most used numbers in chemistry.
Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Avogadro’s number from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. each Oct. 23.
I’ve posted some of Daily Journal photographer Deste Lee’s pictures from one of Dee Cooper’s chemistry classes, and students who took their own photos are welcome to submit them and comment on the blog too (for extra credit). Also be sure to read my story on Mole Day in this Sunday’s Education section of the Daily Journal.