|My new mole is making friends in class.|
|A one molar solution!|
|My new Mole Doorstop, the latest addition to the mole art collection.|
In addition to the mole doorstop and the fuzzy mole friends I have made, I also have a handsome mole mobile hanging in the room. I call it the molebile. Two years ago our Head of School charged us to “make your space your own” at the start of the school year. He said, “Give your classroom some personality and make it a fun learning environment”. I knew exactly what I had to do: make more moles. For this mole art piece, I used the same stuffed mole pattern from Flinn to make a set of moles in bright colors.
I have bins of fabric scraps for just this kind of spontaneous project. I found some antiquated glassware in our stock room to serve as the perfect vehicle for the bright moles. I always enjoy the moment when my students finally understand the molebile, usually a few days (or weeks) after I introduce the concept.
|The original "molebile".|
|The second "Molebile" I made for my friend in the lab upstairs.|
Mole art is just one of the ways that I try to make chemistry a fun and memorable experience for my students. I never underestimate the value of a good sense of humor in the science classroom.