Summer Roadshow

About the CHaOS Summer Roadshow

CHaOS have run our Summer Science Roadshow since 2002, and it's grown to become a 6-week tour in 2016! We take a van full of our hands-on experiments and a mini-bus full of enthusiastic demonstrators to a wide variety of venues around the country. Our roadshow involves as many as 90 student volunteers, and we've visited locations from Devon to Glasgow and lots of places in between!

The roadshow takes place mainly in July and August each year, and the CHaOS team visits a range of schools, town halls, community centres and festivals. You can read about our previous roadshows in more detail below by downloading copies of our roadshow reports.

If you have a venue that you'd like us to visit during the coming year's Roadshow, please let us know.


This year's CHaOS Roadshow

In 2016, the CHaOS roadshow will be heading cross country for six weeks from the end of June all the way through to the start of August, visiting schools, town halls, public events and jamborees across the country. Starting off from Norfolk, we'll be heading through Southampton to Devon and Cornwall, before arcing all the way back via Basingstoke and Essex. Watch this space for more information soon!


Previous CHaOS Roadshows

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:


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:

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:


2012

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:


2011

We've collated our diary, photos and visitors comments from the 2011 Summer Roadshow into a Summer Roadshow report.

You can read about our visits to schools, showing our exciting hands-on experiments to primary and secondary school children in Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. We also report on our eight 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 2011 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:

2010

The CHaOS Summer Roadshow took part from late June through most of July 2010. We spent a month visiting children in primary and secondary schools during the week and ran events open to the public at weekends. Our route included Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Our team of enthusiastic student volunteers was joined by our usual collection of exciting hands-on experiments, plus some new ones (including trebuchets and a new collection of interesting skulls), to inspire and educate our visitors. We estimate that around 4000 people saw our experiments during that time, and feedback from both our school visits and public events has been overwhelmingly positive!

To read more about our 2010 Summer Roadshow, click here or on the front cover image on the right to download our Roadshow Report (in pdf format).

CHaOS is grateful to the following organisations for their generous sponsorship of our 2010 Summer Roadshow:

2010 Report

2009

The 2009 CHaOS roadshow took place from late June to late July. Our team of enthusiastic student demonstrators took hands-on experiments to a variety of venues around the country. A detailed report is available by clicking on the front cover image on the right.

We started the 2009 roadshow in Cambridgeshire, visiting primary and secondary schools in the first week before moving Northwards. Our first weekend was spent as a visiting exhibition at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, with our own highly personal approach complementing the museum's permanent exhibits. The next week saw us visit four schools in Cheshire, before travelling to central London to visit a secondary school. The second weekend of the 2009 roadshow saw us visit the Home Educator's Summer Festival in Kent, sharing a wide range of our experiments with home-schooled children.

From Kent, we travelled to Preston to visit more schools, before heading to North Lincolnshire for our third weekend. There we visited a community centre in Scunthorpe and ran an event in Grimsby Central Hall. Our popular event in Grimsby was filmed by a team from community media project Nunny TV. The fourth week of our 2009 roadshow saw us visit three community centres around Carlisle before returning to Heckington Show in Lincolnshire, where we were enthusiastically received by visitors who'd seen us in previous years!

CHaOS is grateful to the following organisations for their generous sponsorship of our 2009 Summer Roadshow: AstraZeneca, the Biochemical Society, the Institute of Physics, the Medical Research Council and the University of Cambridge Active Community Fund.

2009 Report

2008

The 2008 CHaOS Roadshow visited nine schools, eight public venues and two festivals, taking our experiments to Devon, Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. The roadshow took place over four weeks in July 2008, and involved 36 volunteer demonstrators. You can read more about the 2008 CHaOS Roadshow by clicking on the report shown on the right.

CHaOS thank the following sponsors for their financial support of the 2008 Roadshow: GlaxoSmithKline, the Institute of Physics, the Medical Research Council, Microsoft Research, Pfizer and the University of Cambridge Active Community Fund.

2008 Report

2007

The 2007 roadshow was a great success demonstrating fun science experiments to over 4500 people, in 16 different venues. It took place for the whole month of July, and involved 52 student volunteers visiting locations including Retford, Stowmarket, Milton Keynes, Gloucester and Ross-on-Wye. Our whole roadshow report is available to download on the right.

CHaOS thank the following sponsors for their financial support of the 2007 Roadshow: ARM, the Biochemical Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GlasxoSmithKline, the Institute of Physics, the Medical Research Council, Microsoft Research, Procter & Gamble, and the University of Cambridge Active Community Fund.

2007 Report

2006

In 2006, the CHaOS summer roadshow took place over two weeks in late July. We visited venues in Suffolk, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. You can read our (not entirely serious!) report by clicking on the picture on the right.

The roadshow was kindly sponsored by the University of Cambridge Active Community Fund, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft Research, ARM, the Institute of Physics and Cambridge Rag

2006 Report

2005

The 2005 CHaOS roadshow saw us visit a range of venues around Kent and East Anglia including Ramsgate, Deal, Whitstable, Downham Market, Thetford and Harlow.

29 enthusiastic student volunteers were involved in a roadshow sponsored by the Biochemical Society, the Einstein Year, the Institute of Physics, Microsoft Research, Pfizer and the University of Cambridge Active Community Fund. You can read more about the 2005 CHaOS summer roadshow by reading our report (downloadable by clicking on the image of the front page).

2005 Report

2004

In 2004, the CHaOS team visited venues in Scotland, including Dumfries, Irvine and Glasgow, and locations in East Anglia, including Norwich, Ipswich and Felixstowe. Our (not very serious) account of the tour can be read in the roadshow report linked on the right.

CHaOS is grateful to the following organisations for sponsorship of the 2004 Roadshow: Arthur D Little, the Biochemical Society, Copus, the Institute of Physics, Microsoft Research, PPARC and the University of Cambridge

2004 Report

2003

In 2003 the CHaOS roadshow lasted 2 weeks, included over 30 experiments, involved 17 demonstrators, travelled over 1000 miles and visited 11 venues between Grimsby and South Devon.

2003 Report

2002

In 2002 the CHaOS roadshow visited 6 venues along the South Coast, with up to 9 student demonstrators and 20 experiments. The roadshow took place over a week and received a fantastic response from the public.

2002 Report