The Perse School

Happy Mole Day!

7 Feb 2014

Yesterday, The Perse celebrated its annual ‘Mole Day’ to help raise awareness of chemistry and science in general, and to learn more about the chemical mole. A mole is one of the most important units in chemistry, which is defined as an amount of substance that has the same number of particles as there are atoms in 12g of C-12 (which incidentally is 6.02 x 10^23). This day is normally celebrated in the US on the 23 October from 6.02 am to 6.02 pm.

The School was buzzing with a whole host of mole related activities including a competition to design a ‘happy mole day’ card, a chemistry puzzle for all pupils to take part in, and a treasure hunt around the School which involved pupils visiting different subject departments to find the answers to questions about moles. Pupils were also asked to guess the number of moles in a helium-filled balloon, and could even take part in a game of ‘mole in a hole’ – which was table tennis involving different sized containers! The catering team also got involved, cooking up lots of mole themed dishes at lunchtime.

All in all, a great time was enjoyed by everyone, and Mole Day served as a fantastic way to learn more about the chemical mole.

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