Physics Zone 2015

CHaOS need student volunteers on Saturday 21st March 2015 for the Physics Zone! To sign up, click here!

We're now recruiting volunteers for our final event in Lent term, where CHaOS takes part in the Cavendish Physics Zone (link is here, which is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. We'll be taking over an area of the Physics Department on Saturday 21st March 2015, with families visiting from 1-5pm. We'll have lots of own exciting experiments, and we'll need lots of enthusiastic student volunteers to help demonstrate them to the public. Saturday 21st March is about a week after the end of term.

What exactly does it involve?

We've got lots of our favourite of hands-on experiments that we've designed to demonstrate interesting scientific principles. You might find yourself demonstrating how bridges stay up, why some things glow in the dark or even introducing children to Boris the skeleton (to explain the physics behind X rays!). The ideas are simple, but with enthusiastic and interested demonstrators we can show children that science isn't a 'boring' subject.

We'll have a Physics bias with the experiments we choose, but we welcome volunteers from all scientific disciplines! The event is open from the public from 1-5pm, and we'd ask you to be available a bit either side of this to allow for a short briefing and set-up & clear-up. We'll confirm nearer the day, but there's a pretty good chance you'll get a free lunch if you turn up on time!

I've never done anything like this before... will I be any good?

No experience is necessary, and every year we have loads of people who haven't done CHaOS before. If you're a scientist (including mathmos, vets, medics, engineers or compscis) you already know more than enough to demonstrate. The experiments have interesting and useful descriptions to explain the science and if you are unsure you can always ask one of the friendly committee members.


If you've got any questions about the event or about CHaOS generally, please get in touch with us at

To sign up, click here!