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!
On Sunday 8th December, CHaOS will be taking part in PhysicsFest 2013 at City Academy in Norwich. As well as all our usual exciting hands-on experiments, there's going to be great talks from Dave Ansell, Stephen Ashworth, Gerry Blake and Garth Jones, as well as many more fun activities! The event will be running from 2pm - 5pm and we can't wait to see you there!
Now that the 2013 Summer Science Roadshow has finished, we've collated 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 Essex, Hampshire and Warwickshire. We also report on our events that were open to the public in Norfolk, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Kent 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 2013 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:
Thanks to everyone who came to see us on the 2013 Roadshow! The visits were a huge success, and we're just working our way through lots of lovely feedback, which we'll post a summary of here in the form of a Roadshow report.
Until then you can check out our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/chaosscience
If you saw us on the Roadshow and and would like your school or town to host a CHaOS visit next year please contact us.
We hope to see you at another event soon!
Thank you for your interest in Cambridge Hands-On Science.
Below you can find our July 2013 press releases and print quality photos as well as printable posters and flyers. Click on the links to access the material.
This summer, the CHaOS Roadshow will be heading across the country for five weeks in July and early August. As well as visiting schools and scouting events we'll be running free* public events in venues in Essex, Hampshire, Warwickshire and Kent.
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 6th July & Sunday 7th July: Bressingham Steam & Gardens, Norfolk *
Saturday 13th July (11am - 4pm): Redditch Town Hall, Worcestershire
Sunday 14th July: Family Sports & Fun day, Tiddington, Warwickshire
Saturday 20th July: Banbury Town Hall, Oxfordshire
Sunday 21st July: Didcot Civic Hall, Oxfordshire
Tuesday 23rd July - Thursday 25th July: Flamingo Land, Yorkshire *
* CHaOS events are free with admission to venues marked with a *. Please check the venues' websites for prices.
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.
Once again CHaOS enjoyed running "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" and taking part in the Cavendish Laboratory Physics day as part of this year's Cambridge Science Festival. Both events were extremely busy and everyone that attended looked like they enjoyed the fun hands-on science on show. On Saturday 16th March CHaOS ran "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" in the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology laboratories. The event was full to capacity all day and the seven spectacular talks throughout the day were also very well attended. The following weekend, a selection of our physics experiments were out again as part of Physics Zone at the Cavendish Laboratory, with many hundreds of people coming through the door during the day. You can find much more information in our report of the day.
What is "Crash, Bang, Squelch!"?
Crash, Bang, Squelch! is a day of hands-on science experiments that takes place in the University of Cambridge Department of Zoology each March, and is run by the student society Cambridge Hands-On Science - more fondly known as CHaOS. On one Saturday in March we take over a large lab, filling them full of fun, interactive science experiments, each of which is demonstrated by a friendly student volunteers. The first "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" took place in 1998 and we've continued to develop the event each year. We said in 2012 that it was our busiest ever event, but this was also true this year, despite the rain!
On Saturday 16th March 2013 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!
Lots of hands-on experiments to try!
The hands-on event is open from 10am-5pm, and is absolutely free. Drop in any time, there's no need to book in advance, although in busy periods timed tickets may by issued for later in the day (we are likely to run out of tickets before the end of the day, so get here early to avoid disappointment). We'll have around 50 different experiments, each of which will be demonstrated by a friendly student volunteer!
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 16th 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. Last year these talks filled up fast, particularly towards the end of the day, and we run admission to the talks on a "first come, first served" basis.
The talks this year are:
9.45am – 10.15am - 'Water: the weird and wonderful wet stuff’. With David Bebb
About the speakers:
Now that our 2012 Summer Science Roadshow has finished, we've collated 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 Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Devon. We also report on our events that were open to the public, 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 2012 Roadshow including our demonstrators and all the helpful people in schools, halls and community centres. The Roadshow couldn't have run without the financial support of our sponsors: