Dates: 9th July to 11th September 2022
Location: Science Theatre
Duration: 20 minutes
Tickets: Included with admission

Plug in and power up! It’s time to blast into 2002 for an electrifying new science show. Over the past 20 years the way we use electricity has radically changed as our use of personal technology has evolved. We rely so heavily on electricity to power our lives. But what is it and how is it generated? Let’s find out together in Sparks, a brand new live science show.

In 2022 we’re celebrating 20 years of wow moments at the Science Centre. Take a trip down memory lane with us and enjoy some of our best show themes and demos from the past 20 years – all with a retro 2002 twist. Next stop - electricity.

Did you know that in the early noughties only 47% of UK households had a mobile phone? Now it’s 95% and there are more mobile phones in the world than people! That’s a lot of electricity needed to keep those phones going.

Do you remember social media before Facebook (hands up MySpace users)? Video calling has kept businesses going and families connected over the past couple of years. And electric cars are paving the way for future travel. These innovations from the past 20 years are all powered by electricity.

It’s there at the flick of a switch. But what do we really know about electricity? Join the CEO of our noughties technology company, Sparks Innovation Corporation, as they delve into the fascinating world of electricity. Watch as static electricity and currents are brought to life through fun experiments. Discover more about how electricity is made with the atom balancer demo. And will you be able to generate your own electricity through pedal power – let’s find out!

Why not join us on social media? We’ll be sharing lots more fun technology innovations from the past 20 years. Did you know that the most popular phone from 2002 was the Nokia 6100? It sold 15 million worldwide! And there’s also lots of other fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) news from around the world. See you there!

Accessibility information for Sparks

The Science Theatre is accessible so everyone can enjoy all the fun. Sometimes there will be loud noises, but we'll tell you about them before the show starts. If you want to wear ear defenders, you can borrow them from us before the show starts. If you feel nervous in a show, you can stay near the back and leave quickly if you need to.

Sensitive to loud noises? There's a not-so-noisy show just for you at 3.30pm.

***On Saturday, 30th July and Saturday, 27th August, a British Sign Language interpreter will be signing during the 11:30am and 2:30pm shows. Talk to our Accessibility team so we can reserve a seat for you near the front.***

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3:30pm (not-so-noisy)

4:30pm (Thursday 21st July to Sunday 4th September)