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Crash Bang Squelch 2016 Report

Once again CHaOS enjoyed running "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" as part of this year's Cambridge Science Festival on the 12th 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 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

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!

Picture of Crash, Bang, Squelch! 2011

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!

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 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

Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 17th March 2012

On Saturday 17th March 2012 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! 2011

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!

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 17th March 2012! 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 30-40 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:

09:45am - High voltage science: sparks and more! By Dave Ansell (also of the Naked Scientists!)
10:45am - What happens if you cut off a blood supply? By Alex Davies
11:45am - Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: a look at colour in the natural world. By Sonja Dunbar
1:00pm - The science of the atmosphere. By David Bebb
2:00pm - Sounds Like Science! By Philip Garsed
3:00pm - Living things: what's inside a cell? By Lia Chappell
4:00pm - Gases: just load of hot air? By Dave Ansell

About the speakers:

  • Dave Ansell is a CHaOS fanatic, also well known for his work with the “Naked Scientists”
  • Alex Davies is studying Biology at Clare College
  • Sonja Dunbar is a recent graduate in Plant Sciences
  • David Bebb is a recent graduate in Chemistry.
  • Philip Garsed is a PhD student in the Engineering department studying Electrical Engineering
  • Lia Chappell is a PhD student at the Sanger Institute researching the genes of Malaria parasites
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