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 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

Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 14th March 2015

On Saturday 14th March 2015 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! This year, we will be offering pre-booking online via Eventbrite - click here to book. If you're a Cambridge student, then you can volunteer to demonstrate here.

For the first time, 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 - 11:15am, and 2:00 - 3:00pm. 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 available here shortly. Robogals tickets have now sold out - we are trying to arrange some additional places. Check back for updates

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 15th 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. You can now 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 is the world around us made of?'' With Joe Hooton
11:45 – 12:15 - 'Sending signals and making messages.' With Vamsee Bheemireddy
13:00 – 13:30 - ‘Vacuum bazookas and custard fireballs.’ With Dave Ansell of The Naked Scientists*
14:00 – 14:30 - 'Galaxies: Fun Factories of the Universe!' With Gourav Khullar*
15:00 – 15:30 - 'When plants fight back!' With Sonja Dunbar
16:00 – 16:30 - 'Lasers: Around the world in 0.1344 seconds.' With Jasmine Rivett*

*Tickets have sold out for this talk

About the speakers:

  • Richard is a PhD student working on Crystallography
  • Joe is a fourth year undergraduate studying Chemistry at Christ's
  • Vamsee is a fourth year undergraduate studying Engineering at Fitzwilliam
  • Dave is the 'kitchen science' specialist at the Naked Scientists
  • Gourav is a Masters student in Astrophysics, studying galaxies
  • Sonja is a PhD student studying protein-protein interactions, with a background in Plant Sciences
  • Jasmine is a PhD student working on ultrafast spectroscopy

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

Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 15th March 2014

This is last year's page - find out more about Crash, Bang, Squelch! 2015 here.

Picture of Crash, Bang, Squelch! 2014 report Read all about what happened at "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" 2014 in our short report here

On Saturday 15th March 2014 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! This year, we will be offering pre-booking online via the Science Festival website.

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 15th 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. Again, you will be able to pre-book tickets for these talks on the Science Festival website from the 3rd February 2014 - visit here for the booking page. 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:

9.45am – 10.15am - ‘Sending signals and making messages.’
10.45am – 11.15am - ‘Crystals: discover their beauty and how we can use them in biology, in the year of crystallography!’ With Richard Mifsud
11.45am – 12.15pm - ‘Feeding the flames: we’ve used it since we lived in caves, but what does it take to make a fire?’ With Will Benfold SOLD OUT
1pm – 1.30pm - ‘Vacuum bazookas and custard fireballs.’ With Dave Ansell of The Naked Scientists SOLD OUT
2pm – 2.30pm - ‘Record breaking plants! We know which animals are the fastest and largest, but how does the plant kingdom measure up?’ With Sonja Dunbar
3pm – 3.30pm - ‘Parasites: unwelcome visitors in your body.’ With Lia Chappell
4pm – 4.30pm - ‘Shortcuts to space: what are the best and worst ways to get into orbit?’ With Zephyr Penoyre SOLD OUT

About the speakers:

  • Richard Mifsud is a PhD student working on Crystallography
  • Will Benfold is a fourth year undergraduate studying Physics at Downing College
  • Dave Ansell is the 'kitchen science' specialist at the Naked Scientists
  • Sonja Dunbar is a PhD student in the Pharmacology department, having graduated from Plant Sciences
  • Lia Chappell is a research scientist, who is studying the genes of Malaria parasites.
  • Zephyr Penoyre is a third year undergraduate studying Astrophysics at Trinity Hall

CHaOS do IOP PhysicsFest 2013

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!

CHaOS Summer Roadshow Report 2013

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:


Thank you to everyone who took part!

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.

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