Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 15th March 2014

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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!

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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.


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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

Where to find Crash, Bang, Squelch!

There are building works going on in the New Museums Site this year, so entrance to CBS will be through the main entrance of the Zoology Department (and not through the Zoology Museum, as in previous years). Arrangements for visitors with mobility difficulties are as follows: the lecture theatre for talks is fully accessible and there are several wheelchair spaces available. The main lab is unfortunately only accessible via a small number of steps. There are toilets available on site, but these are also only accessible via stairs. If you have any questions or need any more information about access, please feel free to email See here for a map of the location of the departments on the New Museums site.

We'll have signs around the site on the day, but the marker on the map is the entrance to CBS.

Map of New Museums Site

Thanks to the sponsors of Crash, Bang, Squelch 2014!

Crash, Bang, Squelch is sponsored by:

Royal Society of Chemistry Mid-Anglia branch

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The Institute of Physics East Anglia branch

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