2011 CHaOS Summer Roadshow Report

Now that our 2011 Summer Science Roadshow has finished, we've collated our diary, photos and visitors comments into our Summer Roadshow report.

You can read about our visits to schools, showing our exciting hands-on experiments to primary and secondary school children in Gloucestershire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. We also report on our eight events that were open to the public, where our enthusiastic team of demonstrators from the University of Cambridge explained the science behind our experiments to visitors of all ages.

CHaOS would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2011 Roadshow including our demonstrators and all the helpful people in schools, halls and community centres. The Roadshow couldn't have run without the financial support of our sponsors:

CHaOS at PhysicsFest 2011

On Sunday 4th December, CHaOS will be taking part in PhysicsFest 2011 at Claydon High School in Ipswich. As well as all our usual exciting hands-on experiments, there's going to be great talks from Dave Ansell and Maximilian Bock and lots more! The event will be running from 2pm - 5pm and we can't wait to see you there!

CHaOS at the Cherry Hinton Festival

On Saturday 17th September 2011 CHaOS took part in the Cherry Hinton Festival, which takes place about two miles outside the city centre of Cambridge.

CHaOS seem to be remembered for our help saving some tents flying away: read more in the Cambridge Evening news article here.

CHaOS in a Cambridge Pub...

This autumn CHaOS president Lia Chappell took some of the best CHaOS experiments to an entirely new place: a Cambridge pub! As part of the "Skeptics in the Pub" series of talks, held each month or so in the Maypole pub, there was a great excuse to bring science experiments to an adult audience, even if it did mean covering an area in cornflour...

Read more about the Skeptics in the Pub event here
And check out the podcast here

CHaOS in many places!

CHaOS has done a few bits and pieces all over the summer, so we've gathered a few of these together here!

Aaron Barker wrote about his experiences on the CHaOS Science Roadshow in the Cambridge science magazine "BluSci" (issue 22, Michaelmas 2011). You can read his article "Away from the bench: Skeletons and Flame tornadoes" here.

Chris Lennard wrote about joining the CHaOS Science Roadshow for a week in his blog here. Chris is involved in an effort to establish a permanent science science centre in Cambridge that's being supported by a number of members of the CHaOS team. Click here to find out more about the project.

Lia Chappell gave a presentation about the CHaOS Science Roadshow at the "Making the Most of Festivals" event, in Cambridge on July 12th 2011. This was run for the National Centre for Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. You can find out more about this event here.

CHaOS Summer Science Roadshow 2011

    About the CHaOS Summer Roadshow

    This summer, the CHaOS Roadshow will again be heading across the country for over four weeks in July/August. As well as visiting schools, we'll be running free public events in venues in Gloucestershire, the North-East, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.

    All events (except school visits) are free and open to the public from 12-5pm unless otherwise stated below. Drop in any time to see some exciting hands-on science experiments!

    Click here for our press release page.

Image: Map of roadshow route

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our events, including any questions about accessibility of venues. We'd be particularly keen to hear from you if can help publicise our events in any way (newsletters, posters, newspapers, radio etc), and can give you material if you get in touch. (Click here for our press release page.)

The Roadshow Route

Tuesday 5th -Thursday 1st July: Visiting schools in Gloucestershire
Saturday 9th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
George Watson Memorial Hall, Tewkesbury
Barton Street, GL20 5PX
[Venue website]
Sunday 10th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Subscription Rooms, Stroud
Kendrick Street, GL5 1AE
[Venue website]
Tuesday 12th-Thursday 14th July: Visiting schools in Cheshire
Saturday 16th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Brainwave11, NETpark, Sedgefield
Thomas Wright Way, TS21 3FD
[Venue Website]
Sunday 17th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Newcastle Upon-Tyne
Murray House, Diana Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne. NE4 6BQ
In collaboration with Newcastle Science City’s Community Science Team
Tuesday 19th -Thursday 21st July: Visiting schools in West Midlands
Saturday 23rd July: Free public event, 11-4pm
Wellingborough Museum
12 Castle Way, NN8 1XB
[Venue website]
Sunday 24th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Rushden Community College
Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6AG
[Venue website]
Tuesday 26th July: Home Education Festival, HESFES 2011
HES FES is the world's biggest gathering of home educating families.
[HESFES website]
Wednesday 27th July: Free public event, 12-5pm
Thetford (Carnegie Room)
Carnegie Room, Cage Lane, Thetford, IP24 2DS
[Venue website]
Friday 29th July: Free public event, 11-4pm
Kettering (Market Place)
Kettering Market Place and Parish Rooms, Sheep Street, Kettering
[Venue website]
Saturday & Sunday 30th-31st July: Heckington Show
The show, and CHaOS event, are open 9.30 am - 6.30 pm on Saturday 30th and 9.30 am - 5.30 pm on Sunday 31st. Day entry to the showground costs £7 for adults and £2 for children aged 5-16 (under-5s are free), with free parking. Once inside, visiting the CHaOS marquee is absolutely free.
[Show website]
Tuesday 2nd - Friday 5th August: Scout Jamboree
CamJam is a scouting jamboree held in Cambridgeshire, and will attract 1800 visitors in the week
[CamJam website]

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