CHaOS Summer Roadshow 2015

Pictures of the CHaOS Summer Roadshow

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

The Summer Roadshow is running for a total 6 weeks this year, from Mon 29th June - Saturday 1st August, and also from Saturday 15th August - Saturday 22nd August. This start date is the week after graduation, so is just over one week after most undergrads have gone home.

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 in March), 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!

The roadshow is split into school events, which happen in primary and secondary schools (where we 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.

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.

How long can I come on the Summer Roadshow for?
Most people come on the roadshow with us for roughly one week. But you can do more or less of this- 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 in our 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 and a sleeping bag (no food or tent!). The rest will be sorted!

Sounds great! How do I sign up?
You will need fill in our signup form here. We also need volunteers to fill in a form for a CRB check. We will run sessions for this 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