Zesty Guacamole Recipe and a Fun Way To Celebrate STEM!
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It’s important to find fun ways to incorporate STEM education into children’s lives to help them build skills they will need to compete in high school, college, and beyond.
This delicious and zesty guacamole is made with fresh ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make. Perfect for parties or late night snacking!
Of all the classes I took in college, my chemistry classes definitely gave me the most anxiety. As did math and we didn’t even have courses for engineering! I had only taken a basic chemistry class in high school, and when I learned that I need to pass both general chemistry and bio/organic chemistry to continue with my college major, I was sure that I was going to fail.
Once I started attending classes, though, I realized that chemistry could actually be fun! We did some pretty great experiments (with only a few small mishaps, like the time I burned a giant hole in my jacket) and I learned so much. When I recently heard about celebrating Mole Day, which occurs every year on October 23rd, it took me back to my chemistry classes all those years ago.
Mole Day is a great opportunity to teach kids about chemistry! It celebrates Avogadro’s number, which is a basic unit of measure in chemistry. Avogadro’s number is 6.02 x 10^23, so the holiday is celebrated on October 23rd from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.. Moles make it easier to compare quantities of different molecules and they are helpful in chemical equations. I had a great time coming up with some fun ways to celebrate Mole Day this year!
When I was brainstorming a tasty snack to celebrate Mole Day, the first thing that came to mind was guaca-MOLE. I think if my family had to decide on one condiment to eat forever, it would definitely be guacamole! We eat it on everything – enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, scrambled eggs, even burgers! My kids love it and will eat it by the spoonful. This zesty guacamole is our favorite recipe, and I love that it turns out so flavorful. The combination of avocado, tomato, red onion, and cilantro is fantastic. It takes just a few minutes to make and tastes great on everything!
Just for fun, I decided to serve my guacamole in individual cups, with a silly Mole Day joke in each cup. They’re full of puns (or as we call them at our house, “dad jokes”), and they gave my whole family a round of the giggles. These would be perfect for hosting your own Mole Day party!
I just printed the jokes out on card stock, cut out the circles, and taped a toothpick to the back. Super easy, and so cute and funny!
Thinking back on my own chemistry experience, I definitely would have been less intimidated by chemistry if I had access to more STEM classes growing up. Providing kids with STEM education as they grow up helps to prepare them for careers in STEM fields, which are growing quickly right now and have great earning potential.
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It’s important to start STEM education early when children are at the prime age for learning and retention. If you want until later in life, it becomes much harder to grasp STEM concepts. It can be as simple as measuring ingredients for a recipe, or building a DIY project together.
Celebrating Mole Day is a great way to introduce kids to chemistry concepts, have fun together as a family, and start planting the seeds of STEM education. I hope you’ll enjoy this zesty guacamole while you celebrate!
- 3 medium (or 2 large) avocados, diced
- 1 lime
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- 1/4 red onion, finely diced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Tajin seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add the avocados to a medium bowl. Using a fork or potato masher, mash the avocados to desired consistency. Add the juice of 1/2 lime and stir to combine.
- Add the tomato, red onion, cilantro, garlic powder, and Tajin seasoning, and stir gently to combine. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately or cover tightly with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap against the top of the guacamole to prevent exposure to air.
This post is sponsored by Sylvan Learning. All opinions are my own.