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Sign up for Summer Roadshow 2010

CHaOS is a student society that runs fun science events outside term time, both in Cambridge and further afield. We run a month long science roadshow with our favourite experiments, visiting schools and town halls around the country for 4 weeks during late June and July. We need keen volunteers to demonstrate these experiments to children and families. If you like explaining science to the public, and enjoy camping and BBQs, the CHaOS Roadshow could be for you! CHaOS will cover your travel and living expenses, so volunteering will only cost your time!

Click here to sign up or read on to find out more...
***Note added 19/05/10: CHaOS Roadshow is now approximately at capacity- new entries are likely to go on a waiting list***

How does the roadshow work?
We take a mini bus of volunteers and a van full of experiments camping around the country for a month of the summer, visiting schools and town halls. We take the best of the CHaOS hands on experiments (including many that were at Crash, Bang, Squelch during the Cambridge Science Festival), and demonstrate them to children who wouldn't usually get to have a go a science for themselves. We also have a lot of fun on the way!

You can find out more about tour by looking at what we did last year (with plenty of photos) in the shiny 2009 tour report here. There's also a video of us in action last summer from a local TV station available here.

What would I do?
You'd get to talk to lots of children and families, while playing with fun/noisy/messy science experiments (which you can read about here). We'll show you how these work before letting you have a go for yourself in schools and town halls. In the evening we do sociable stuff, such as bbqs at the beach or our campsite. It's great fun, great for the experience in engaging the public/your CV, and much better than a week of real work!

How much will it cost me?
Coming on the CHaOS Roadshow shouldn't cost you any more than your time- our sponsorship covers costs such as train tickets to come and meet us, food and camping.

Where are you going? (Dates for the 2010 CHaOS Roadshow)
Week 1: Bedfordshire schools (Mon 28th June- Thu 1st July)
Weekend 1: Huntingdon and Newmarket town halls (Sat 3rd- Sun 4th July)
Week 2: Essex schools (Mon 5th- Thu 8th July)
Weekend 2: Letchworth and Milton Keynes town halls (Fri 9th- Sun 11th July)
Week 3: Portsmouth schools (Mon 12th- Thu 15th July)
Weekend 3: Dorset town halls (Fri 16th- Sun 18th July)
Week 4: Gloucestershire schools (Mon 19th- Thu 22nd July)
Weekend 4: Avon, near Bristol (Fri 23rd- Sun 25th July)

How long can I come on tour for?
Most people come on tour with us for one or two weeks, or sometimes just for one or two weekends if they already have commitments during the week. Some people do more or less than this though- we'll be as flexible as we can if you drop us an email and let us know. The best guide is to try to leave/arrive on a Monday or Friday, as we change over most people then.

How do I get there?
If you're doing week one of tour you can leave Cambridge with us in the van and minibus. If you're joining us later we usually drop people off and pick people up at the nearest train station. Once you've chosen your dates we'll let you know where you need to be when :-)

What do I need to bring?
Yourself, some enthusiasm for science, a sleeping bag and a few spare clothes etc. The rest will be sorted! :-)

Sounds great! How do I sign up?
You need to follow the link at the bottom of this page to fill in our signup form. This form asks for some contact info, a bit about what type of science you do, and the dates you'd like to do. There's a box at the end where you can ask us questions, or tell us about when you're available. We need volunteers who are coming to schools with us to fill in a form for a CRB check, so we'd be keen to hear from you soon.

Any more questions?
If we've missed something, or you just want to find out more, do drop us an email to

Hope to see you on tour!
The CHaOS committee

Fill in our online form to sign up for the Roadshow: Click here to sign up.
***Note added 19/05/10: CHaOS Roadshow is now approximately at capacity- new entries are likely to go on a waiting list***