What is CHaOS?

CHaOS is Cambridge Hands-On Science, a voluntary student group based in Cambridge. We believe that science is fun, and relevant to everyone! CHaOS take our wide range of hands-on science experiments to a variety of venues around the country, with our enthusiastic student demonstrators explaining what each experiment shows and why it's interesting!

  • For more information about us, see the "About CHaOS" page
  • If you're a teacher and would like CHaOS to visit your school, see the Schools page
  • If you're a family see what events are near you on our on the Families page
  • If you're a student volunteer see how you can get involved on our Volunteers page
  • If your organisation might be interested in supporting CHaOS, please see our Sponsors page

CHaOS Summer Roadshow Report 2016

So, the 2016 CHaOS Summer Roadshow has returned to Cambridge, complete with the tour diary (just about), loads of photos and just as many visitor comments. We've collated this all into the exciting new 2016 Summer Roadshow Report. Have a read!

As always, CHaOS would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2016 Roadshow: our demonstrators, the committee, the helpful people at the schools, halls, public events, jamborees, museums and community centres who gave us places to demonstrate, and everyone who helped keep it all running smoothly. Finally, the Roadshow couldn't have run without financial support from the following organisations:

CHaOS Roadshow 2016 financial supporters' logos


CHaOS Summer Roadshow 2016

This summer, the CHaOS Roadshow will be heading across the country for seven weeks in July and early August. As well as visiting schools and scouting events we'll be running free public events in venues in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Devon, Dorset and Essex.

All public events are free and completely open to the public! Drop in any time to see some exciting hands-on science experiments!

Date Time Venue

Crash Bang Squelch 2016 Report

Once again CHaOS enjoyed running "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" as part of this year's Cambridge Science Festival on the 16th of March. The event was extremely busy and everyone that attended looked like they enjoyed the fun hands-on science on show. The event was full to capacity all day and the seven spectacular talks throughout the day were also very well attended, along with our team-up workshop with the Cambridge Robogals!

For more information, take a look at our report here!

Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 12th March 2016

On Saturday 12th March 2016 CHaOS will take over the zoology labs of the University of Cambridge for a day for Crash, Bang, Squelch!, inviting in over 2000 visitors to see lots of exciting hands-on experiments from all areas of science.

To add to the fun, in the lecture theatre next door, there will be a series of talks, with some high powered experiments that can't be done in the hands-on lab! See below for more details!

Picture of Crash, Bang, Squelch! 2013

Lots of hands-on experiments to try!

The hands-on event is open from 10am-5pm, and is absolutely free. We'll have around 50 different experiments, each of which will be demonstrated by a friendly student volunteer! Booking is now open at Eventbrite - click here to book! If you're a Cambridge student, then you can volunteer to demonstrate here.

CHaOS and Robogals Cambridge will be running several workshops on robotics, with lots of hands-on design and programming. Absolutely no experience is required, we'll teach you all the basics and you can start making your own robots do all sorts of amazing things in no time at all.

There are sessions running from 10:15 - 11:00am, 11:15 - 12:00pm, 1:00 - 1:45pm, 2:00 - 2:45pm and 3:00 - 3:45pm. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some places may be available on the door, but be sure to pre-book to avoid disappointment. Booking is now open here! Robogals tickets have now sold out. We will update this website if any more become available

Robogals Logo

NEW!

Crash, Bang, Squelch map!

Download your own Crash, Bang, Squelch map here!

Exciting demonstrations can be seen in our lectures!

This year we're running 7 exciting talks in addition to the hands-on activities that are part of "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" on Saturday 12th March! These talks will be full of fun demonstrations that are too explosive/messy/tricky to fit into our normal hands-on sessions next door!

Each talk will last around 30 minutes, and is suitable for ages 8+. The talks run in the main lecture of the Zoology Department, and the directions are similar to the main "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" event. Booking is now open! You can book tickets for talks here. We will also be running drop in 'first come, first served' admission on the day if there are still spaces left - check our website and twitter for updates!

Picture of talk at Crash, Bang, Squelch! 2013
The talks this year are:

9:45 – 10:15 - 'Crystals: discover their beauty and how we can use them in biology!' With Richard Misfud
10:45 – 11:15 - 'What's inside a cell?' With Raghd Rostom
11:45 – 12:15 - 'Parasites: nasty visitors of your body' With Koi Wangwiwatsin
13:00 – 13:30 - 'Feathered Dinosaurs: Fluff, flirting and flight' With Roxanne Armfield
14:00 – 14:30 - 'Light waves: seeing is believing' With Andrei Ruskuc
15:00 – 15:30 - 'Pollination! How Plants Exploit Anything That Moves' With Sonja Dunbar and Sarah Wiseman
16:00 – 16:30 - 'Geologise! A Journey to the Centre of the Earth' With Matthew Kemp

CHaOS Summer Roadshow Report 2015

After another fantastic summer roadshow, we've collated our diary, photos and visitor comments into our Summer Roadshow report.

You can read about our visits to schools, showing our exciting hands-on experiments to primary and secondary school children in Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, and Lancashire. We also report on our events that were open to the public in along our tour route, where our enthusiastic team of demonstrators from the University of Cambridge explained the science behind our experiments to visitors of all ages.

CHaOS would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2015 Roadshow including our demonstrators and all the helpful people in schools, halls and community centres.

And the Roadshow couldn't have run without financial support from the following organisations:

CHaOS Summer Science Roadshow 2015

This summer, the CHaOS Roadshow will be heading across the country for seven weeks in July and early August. As well as visiting schools and scouting events we'll be running free public events in venues in Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Lancashire.

2015 Roadshow Route!

All public events are free* and open to the public from 12-5pm unless otherwise stated below. Drop in any time to see some exciting hands-on science experiments!

Saturday 4th July: Felixstowe Leisure Centre (11am - 4pm)

Sunday 12th July: Spilsby Show, Lincolnshire *

Saturday 18th July: Louth Town Hall

Wednesday 22nd July: CHaOS at Blackpool Tower

* CHaOS events are free, except where we are being hosted at venues who have an admissions price (marked with a *). At these venues, there will be no additional cost to visit CHaOS. Please check the venues' websites for prices.

Click here for maps, full addresses and websites of our venues.

Click here to see our 2014 press release and downloadable posters, photographs and leaflets. New information coming soon

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our events, including any questions about accessibility of venues. We'd be particularly keen to hear from you if can help publicise our events in any way (newsletters, posters, newspapers, radio etc), and we can give you material if you get in touch.

The CHaOS Roadshow 2015 is generously supported by:

CHaOS Roadshow 2014 financial supporters' logos

CHaOS Summer Roadshow Report 2014

Now that the 2014 Summer Science Roadshow has been completed, we've collated our journey documented by our diary, photos and visitors comments into our Summer Roadshow report.

You can read about our visits to schools, showing our exciting hands-on experiments to primary and secondary school children in Hampshire, Llandridod Wells and Cheshire. We also report on our public events in Gloucestershire and Shropshire, as well as our times at the Heckington Show, HESFES, Chamboree and Norjam where our enthusiastic team of demonstrators from the University of Cambridge explained the science behind our experiments to visitors of all ages.

CHaOS would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2014 Roadshow including our demonstrators, committee, all the helpful people in schools, halls, museums and community centres as well as the wonderful festival and jamboree organisers.

And, of course, the Roadshow couldn't have run without financial support from the following organisations:

CHaOS Roadshow 2014 financial supporters' logos


CHaOS at the Cherry Hinton Festival - Saturday 20th September 2014

On Saturday 21st September CHaOS will be at the Cherry Hinton Festival, which takes place about two miles outside the city centre of Cambridge.

We'll be running loads of fun hands-on experiments at the Cherry Hinton recreation ground from 12-5pm.

Visit the official Cherry Hinton Festival website for more information: http://www.cherryhintonfestival.org/

CHaOS Summer Roadshow 2014 - Press Release

A press release describing our 2014 Summer Roadshow is available, as well as publicity photographs and printable posters for advertising our public events.

Click here to view and download our publicity materials.

CHaOS Summer Science Roadshow 2014

This summer, the CHaOS Roadshow will be heading across the country for seven weeks in July and early August. As well as visiting schools and scouting events we'll be running free* public events in venues in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire and Cheshire.

The Roadshow Route!

All public events are free* and open to the public from 12-5pm unless otherwise stated below. Drop in any time to see some exciting hands-on science experiments!

Saturday 5th July: Brockenhurst Village Hall, Hampshire
Sunday 6th July: Pavilion on the Park in Eastleigh, Hampshire

Saturday 12th July: Corinium Museum, Gloucestershire *
Sunday 13th July: Armstrong Hall, Gloucestershire

Saturday 19th July: Park Lane Centre in Telford, Shropshire
Sunday 20th July: Beaconsfield Club in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Thursday 24th July: Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes, Cheshire *

Saturday 26th July - Sunday 27th July: Heckington Show in Sleaford, Lincolnshire *

* CHaOS events are free, except where we are being hosted at venues who have an admissions price (marked with a *). At these venues, there will be no additional cost to visit CHaOS. Please check the venues' websites for prices.

Click here for maps, full addresses and websites of our venues.

Click here to see our press release and downloadable posters, photographs and leaflets.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our events, including any questions about accessibility of venues. We'd be particularly keen to hear from you if can help publicise our events in any way (newsletters, posters, newspapers, radio etc), and we can give you material if you get in touch.

The CHaOS Roadshow 2014 is generously supported by:

CHaOS Roadshow 2014 financial supporters' logos

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