Proviso East High School celebrated National Chemistry Day, “aka” Mole Day, at Loyola University with students from across Illinois. The group of students traveled to Loyola on Saturday, October 23rd to celebrate Mole Day and to perform chemistry lessons in what they called “Chem Idol”. The fun-filled event helped Proviso East chemistry teachers take hand-on learning to new heights.
“During National Chemistry Day the kids actually got a chance to demonstrate chemical principles learned in class in an entertaining way to large groups of people,” said Proviso East chemistry teacher Glenn Lid. “They practiced what we’d learned in the classroom by executing their experiments well, practicing lab safety, and they presented their chemistry materials to other students. They also were able to work in the chem labs at Loyola, view demonstration booths from Nalco, Kraft, Engineering Society, The Society of Women in Chemistry, and demos from other local high schools.”
Proviso East chemistry students performed chemistry raps to music, cooked an egg with heat from chemical reactions, flew a hover craft, and launched an ethanol rocket across the Loyola auditorium. They say the event was one to remember because it gave them an opportunity to learn and explore outside of the classroom.
“It was really fun and I learned a lot,” said Proviso East sophomore Beverly Sanchez. “We studied emulsions. We did experiments in front of all kinds of people--college students, boys scouts, girl scouts, and other high schools. We played chemistry jeopardy, and we got a chance to demonstrate what we learned outside of class.”
“I agree,” said Proviso East sophomore Yarelli Herrera-Galvan. “The best part was going to other schools and studying outside of the classroom. We learned from other chemistry classes how to do new experiments, and we taught them how to do our experiment. It was really fun.”
PTHS teachers across the district have been working to get students more engaged as active hands-on learners. Mole Day is just one example of how students are spreading their wings, using hand-on materials, and making an impact in their communities beyond the classroom.
Great work students!
About Mole Day:
Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.