Electrochemical Circus

The Electrochemical Circus is a collection of portable, hands-on activities designed to demonstrate key concepts relating to electrochemistry and electrochemical research. Topics covered by the Electrochemical Circus include: electrochemistry, nanomaterials, materials physics, electronics engineering, and nanofabrication.

Activities currently available as part of the electrochemical circus include:

  • Gold fingerprinting: learn how gold is electroplated from solution. Participants are introduced to basic electrochemical concepts, and are able to take home a souvenir of their own fingerprint in gold plate
  • The suitcase of curiosities: a collection of items that are both visually and texturally appealing and relevant to ADEPT research, providing ’hooks’ for conversations. The items are chosen to help make science more approachable and hands-on for non-scientists, and to give insight into the life of a scientist
  • The water transistor: a working model of a transistor which demonstrates the basic concepts of how transistors work, using water. Our travelling water transistor is identical to the water transistor which forms the centrepiece of our new exhibit at Winchester Science Centre (opened January 2019).

The Electrochemical Circus is available as a classroom workshop for Key Stages 3, 4 & 5; elements of the Electrochemical Circus will be on display at major public engagement activities at the Universities of Southampton, Nottingham and Warwick.