Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 12th March 2016

On Saturday 12th March 2016 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! Booking is now open at Eventbrite - click here to book! If you're a Cambridge student, then you can volunteer to demonstrate here.

CHaOS and Robogals Cambridge will be running several workshops on robotics, with lots of hands-on design and programming. Absolutely no experience is required, we'll teach you all the basics and you can start making your own robots do all sorts of amazing things in no time at all.

There are sessions running from 10:15 - 11:00am, 11:15 - 12:00pm, 1:00 - 1:45pm, 2:00 - 2:45pm and 3:00 - 3:45pm. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some places may be available on the door, but be sure to pre-book to avoid disappointment. Booking is now open here! Robogals tickets have now sold out. We will update this website if any more become available

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Crash, Bang, Squelch map!

Download your own Crash, Bang, Squelch map here!

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 12th 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. Booking is now open! You can book tickets for talks here. 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:

9:45 – 10:15 - 'Crystals: discover their beauty and how we can use them in biology!' With Richard Misfud
10:45 – 11:15 - 'What's inside a cell?' With Raghd Rostom
11:45 – 12:15 - 'Parasites: nasty visitors of your body' With Koi Wangwiwatsin
13:00 – 13:30 - 'Feathered Dinosaurs: Fluff, flirting and flight' With Roxanne Armfield
14:00 – 14:30 - 'Light waves: seeing is believing' With Andrei Ruskuc
15:00 – 15:30 - 'Pollination! How Plants Exploit Anything That Moves' With Sonja Dunbar and Sarah Wiseman
16:00 – 16:30 - 'Geologise! A Journey to the Centre of the Earth' With Matthew Kemp

Where to find Crash, Bang, Squelch!

There are still 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 2015!

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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Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

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Cambridge Science Centre

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