Mole Day

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Greg Lintz took time out of his duties as the Mole mascot Friday morning to explain why these students are here so early.
"We are celebrating international mole day, usually taking place on October 23rd at 6:02 in the morning... so, we've come to celebrate the mole in all it's glory."

If you don't remember your chemistry classes teaching you about the mole, the teachers who organized this event say you can now ask more than 300 10th through 12th graders exactly why it's important.
Nancy Greenhalgh, a chemistry teacher at Galena, says this really works.
"Mole day is a day to get kids excited about chemistry, which sometimes has a representation of not being the most exciting subject. So, 6.02*10'23 is the number of atoms in a mole."

Besides the Mole olympics, mols sculpting, and who wants to be a mole-ionaire... these teachers hope to instill an interest in this subject and direct students towards careers in both math and science.
It's also a field that is, for the first time, attracting more women.

Chemistry teacher, Tamela Germano, says when she first got into the field she was the only girl in the class.
"Now it's pretty much half and half.... chemistry is going to solve a lot of problems and we need more women in chemistry definitely."

Senior Leigh Armijo is one of those women who already has plans to major in biochemistry at a major university and go on to dental school.
"It's a great experience. There's a lot of females, so it's not just males based. So, it's a lot of good, so a lot of girls can get into studies that only males used to get into like medicince."

The National Assessment of Education Progress recently released it's results about nationwide math and reading scores.
29-percent of Nevada students are below basic and proficient in math, giving these teachers at Galena even more reason to continue their Mole Day celebration each year.