Electroplating Metals

For our final lesson of Unit 1, the concept of electroplating metals was introduced by watching a short video featuring a garage-style setup with a guy who uses a spork and pickle juice to electroplate a part of his cart project:

After the video, we discussed how to set up an electroplating apparatus (pictured below) and also discussed safety concerns and required personal protective equipment to be worn during the lab tomorrow (goggles and lab apron required, hair tied back, closed-toe shoes).  Students then worked with their table team to design an electroplating experiment and write up a procedure to follow tomorrow.


For the Wednesday lab, students must carefully document all aspects of their work in preparation for writing a lab report.  Students who finish early may begin writing the lab report.