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More about the CHaOS Summer Roadshow 2011

Pictures of the CHaOS Summer Roadshow

CHaOS is a student society that runs fun science events outside term time, both in Cambridge and further afield. We're running a month long science roadshow with our favourite experiments, visiting schools and town halls around the country for about 5 weeks during July and early August. 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!

Sign-up for the Summer Roadshow is now closed.

Read more below if you want to find out few more details about how it all works!

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! This year will be the 10th CHaOS Summer Roadshow!

The roadshow is split into school events, which happen in primary and secondary schools (see kids aged 8-13), and in public events, where we see families. Apart from near the end of the roadshow when the school term has ended, the pattern is to do school visits during the week and public events on the weekends.

You can find out more about the Summer Roadshow by:
1) looking at what we did last year (with plenty of photos) in the shiny 2010 roadshow report here
2) reading our "demonstrator diary" page here
3) watching a short video from our 2009 Summer Roadshow 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. You'll also get to wear one of the stylish blue CHaOS t-shirts that you can see in the pictures! 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 Summer Roadshow shouldn't cost you any more than your time- our sponsorship covers costs such as train tickets to come and meet us + get back home, food and camping.

When is the Summer Roadshow?
The Summer Roadshow is running for about 5 weeks this year, from around Mon 4th July - Fri 5th August. This start date is the week after graduation, so is just over one week after most undergrads have gone home.

Where are you going? (Provisional dates for the 2011 CHaOS Summer Roadshow)
Week 1: Schools in Gloucestershire (Mon 4th- Thu 7th July)
Weekend 1: Town halls/ festivals (Fri 8th- Sun 10th July)
Week 2: Schools in Cheshire (Mon 11th- Thu 14th July)
Weekend 2: Town halls/ festivals (Fri 15th- Sun 17th July)
Week 3: Schools in Staffordshire (Mon 18th- Thu 21st July)
Weekend 3: Town halls/ festivals (Fri 22nd- Sun 24th July)
Week 4: Public events in East Anglia - HESFES and more (Mon 25th- Thu 28th July)
Weekend 4: Festival in Lincolnshire - Heckington (Fri 29th- Sun 31st July)
Week 5: Cambridgeshire scouts event - CamJam 2011 (Mon 1st- Fri 5th Aug)

How long can I come on the Summer Roadshow for?
Most people come on the roadshow with us for one or two weeks. 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 the roadshow 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 will need to follow the link at the bottom of this page to fill in our signup form. This form will ask 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 the roadshow!
The CHaOS committee

Pictures of the CHaOS Summer Roadshow