Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 16th March 2013

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!

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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!

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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
10.45am – 11.15am - ‘What's inside a cell?’ With Nunu Tao and Raghd Rostom
11.45am – 12.15pm - ‘Please don't eat me!’ With Sonja Dunbar
1pm – 1.30pm - 'Parasites: unwelcome visitors in your body’. With Lia Chappell
2pm – 2.30pm - ‘Sending signals and making messages’. With Philip Garsed and Lia Chappell
3pm – 3.30pm - ‘Big things, small things and everything in between’. With Will Benfold
4pm – 4.30pm - 'Parasites: unwelcome visitors in your body’. With Lia Chappell **Change from printed schedule**

About the speakers:

  • David Bebb is a recent graduate in Chemistry
  • Nunu Tao studies chemistry and Raghd Rostom studies molecular biology; they are both undergraduate students at Christ's College
  • Sonja Dunbar is a PhD student in the Chemistry department, having graduated from Plant Sciences
  • Lia Chappell is a PhD student at the Sanger Institute researching the genes of Malaria parasites
  • Philip Garsed is a PhD student in the Engineering department studying Electrical Engineering
  • Will Benfold is currently studying Physics as an undergraduate at Downing College

Where to find Crash, Bang, Squelch!

The venue is fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties, and there are toilets on site.

See here for a map of the location of the departments on the New Museums site.

We'll have signs around the site on the day, but head for 27 on the map for the hands-on events, and 4 for the lectures. (15 and 14 on the linked map.) Please note that the Museum of Zoology is running an event that's separate from these CHaOS ones, so even if our event is full when you arrive there are other events nearby!

Map of New Museums Site

Thanks to the sponsors of Crash, Bang, Squelch 2013!

Crash, Bang, Squelch is sponsored by:

Royal Society of Chemistry Mid-Anglia branch

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The Institute of Physics East Anglia branch

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