Just about everything is about chemistry and using your industry to teach students about chemistry can be a good way to get a new generation interested in what you do. For those who use electroplating and anodizing to coat various metals with other metals, you can set up a few simple experiments to show students what you do and how it benefits your customers.
You will need some key supplies for these experiments including an anodizing tank, an electroplating tank, electrodes and a power source. You will also need an item to either electroplate or anodize and solutions to aid in this process. It is important to also have the proper safety equipment and cleaning stations for each process. Since electroplating and anodizing are basically opposites, with one adding a layer of material to deter oxidation and the other adding a layer of oxidation to the material, it is important to keep the supplies separated according to the task.
Because you are using the processes to teach about chemistry and how it helps with your industry, it is important to give some key information such as which materials work the best in each process, how the charge of the current and solution help add the layers and even how you can make designs with this process. By going over how each variable of the process changes the outcome, such as the saturation of the solution and the cleanliness of the items, you can show students how dedication to details gives the best outcome.
Teaching the science behind key industry processes such as electroplating and anodizing can help inspire more students to join your industry after graduation. This can also help inspire new innovations in technology and in the process itself to make your job easier over time. You can use this in small scale situations such as telling your kid’s class about your career or in larger demonstrations at job fairs.