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

Thank you to everyone who took part!

Thanks to everyone who came to see us on the 2012 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.

Follow the CHaOS Roadshow on Facebook!

Now the 2012 Summer Roadshow is underway you can follow CHaOS on Facebook: we're posting updates and pictures throughout the roadshow!

Check out our page at http://www.facebook.com/chaosscience

CHaOS Summer Science Roadshow 2012

About the CHaOS Summer Roadshow

This summer, the CHaOS Roadshow will again be heading across the country for over four weeks in July. As well as visiting schools, we'll be running free public events in venues in Hertfordshire, Hampshire (twice) and Devon.

All events (except school visits) 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!

Press releases and posters for each event are available to download here.

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 can give you material if you get in touch. (You can find press release information here.)

The Roadshow Route

Map showing the roadshow route around the UK

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th July: Visiting schools in Suffolk and Hertfordshire
Saturday 7th July: Free public event, 11-4pm
St Albans Town Hall
Market Place, AL3 5DJ
Sunday 8th July: Free public event, 1-5pm
Wheathampstead Village Weekend
Memorial Hall, AL4 8AY
Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th July: Visiting schools in Hertfordshire
Saturday 14th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood
Christchurch Road, BH24 1DW
Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th July: Visiting schools in Plymouth
Friday 20th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Seaton Town Hall
Fore Street, EX12 2LD
Saturday 21st July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Stowford Community Centre, Sidmouth
Stowford Rise, EX10 9YL
Sunday 22nd July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Lyme Regis Marine Parade Shelters
Marine Parade, DT7 3JH
Tuesday 24th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Torquay Town Hall
Castle Circus, TQ1 3DR
Wednesday 25th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Plymouth YMCA
Honicknowle Lane, Plymouth, PL5 3NG
Friday 27th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB
Saturday 28th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Andover Guildhall
High Street, Andover, SP10 1LP [Map]

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CHaOS at the Cambridge Science Festival 2012

CHaOS once again enjoyed running a series of events at this year's Science Festival, which was packed out with visitors on both of the main Saturdays. On Saturday 17th March, "Crash, Bang, Squelch!? was full to its fire capacity all day, and 7 spectacular talks run in the lecture theatre next door 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. Click here to view a copy of our report.

What is "Crash, Bang, Squelch!"?
"Crash, Bang, Squelch!" is a day of hands-on science experiments that takes place in the University of Cambridge Dept 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 the large teaching labs, 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 last year that 2011 was our busiest ever event, but this was also true this year, despite the rain! We also ran extra talks in the lecture theatre too.

CHaOS at Physics Zone 2012: Saturday 24th March, 1-5pm

On Saturday 24th March CHaOS will be taking a selection of mostly Physics-related experiments to the Physics Zone, at the West Cambridge site. These drop in experiments are running alongside other bookable events.

If you missed us last weekend, or want to come back for more CHaOS do come along!

See the Science Festival details of our event here
See what else is on in the Physics Dept that day here

CHaOS will be open from 1-5pm at:
Department of Physics
Cavendish Laboratory 19 J J Thomson Avenue
(Check out this page for a map and directions)

2012 Printable visitor guide for Crash, Bang, Squelch!

We've made a "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" visitor guide that you can print at home! (We'll have some on the day, but we may run out)

"Crash, Bang, Squelch!" is happening from 10am -5pm on Saturday 17th March, see article below for more details

The leaflet can be printed out onto two sides of A4, and includes a map of the different hands-on experiment areas at "Crash, Bang, Squelch!". We've also included all the details for the CHaOS talks going on in the lecture theatre of the Zoology Dept.

Download your copy for printing here.

CBS leaflet 2012

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

2011 CHaOS Summer Roadshow Report

Now that our 2011 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 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:

CHaOS at PhysicsFest 2011

On Sunday 4th December, CHaOS will be taking part in PhysicsFest 2011 at Claydon High School in Ipswich. As well as all our usual exciting hands-on experiments, there's going to be great talks from Dave Ansell and Maximilian Bock and lots more! The event will be running from 2pm - 5pm and we can't wait to see you there!

CHaOS at the Cherry Hinton Festival

On Saturday 17th September 2011 CHaOS took part in the Cherry Hinton Festival, which takes place about two miles outside the city centre of Cambridge.

CHaOS seem to be remembered for our help saving some tents flying away: read more in the Cambridge Evening news article here.

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