Tunink’s chemistry classes celebrate Mole Day


When one says “mole,” the first thought that comes to mind is the weird-looking animal with no eyes. In this case, a mole is simply a unit of measurement.

Water-mole-n • Sydney Schroeder ’22 and Nettie Knapton ’22  create a mole called “water-mole-n” that is based off of a watermelon. 

Mrs. Stacy Tunink’s chemistry classes celebrate Avogadro’s Number, 6.02 x 10^23, every year on Mole Day. It generally takes place on Oct. 23 but this year, Marian students celebrated Mole Day on Oct. 25.

According to moleday.org, Mole Day originated in the early 1980’s. An article in The Science Teacher included information about a high school chemistry teacher who wanted to celebrate the day. “With this small article, the seed was planted for establishing a national organization. On May 15, 1991, the National Mole Day Foundation (NMDF) was born.”

Marilyn Mon-mole • Olivia Traxler ’22 and Kayla Brezack ’22 created “Marilyn Mon-mole” based off  the fabulous Marilyn Monroe. Photos by Ella Meis.

The classes participated in Mole Day by creating animal moles made of tin foil and mole posters. The tin-foil moles usually have some sort of theme. “I really do enjoy watching students be creative with the name and concept of each mole,” Tunink said. “It’s just a fun experience for everyone.”

Barack Oba-mole • Hannah Tate ’22  and Mia Nelson ’22  created a mole called “Barack Oba-mole”. He is based on former President Barack Obama.

Honors Chemistry had many iconic tin-foil moles this year including: Mole-A Lisa, Marilyn Mon-mole, Barack Oba-mole and more. “Mole day was a really fun experience for me,” sophomore Bridget McGill said. “I had a lot of fun making my mole and eating candy. It was stressful because we only had a 35-minute class to finish the mole, but it was still a fun way to learn about Avogadro and his number. ”

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