Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 19th March 2011

On Saturday 19th March 2011 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!

Picture of Crash, Bang, Squelch! 2009

Lots of hands-on experiments to try!

The hands-on event is open from 10am-5pm, and is absolutely free. Drop in any time, there's no need to book in advance, although in busy periods timed tickets may by issued for later in the day (we are likely to run out of tickets before the end of the day, so get here early to avoid disappointment). We'll have around 50 different experiments, each of which will be demonstrated by a friendly student volunteer!

Exciting demonstrations can be seen in our lectures!

This year we're running 5 exciting talks in addition to the hands-on activities that are part of "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" on Saturday 19th March 2011! 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 45 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. Last year these talks filled up fast, particularly towards the end of the day, and we run admission to the talks on a "first come, first served" basis.

The talks are at:
A) 11:30am- 12:15pm "Seeing the science of light and colour" by Dave Ansell
B) 1:00pm- 1:45pm "Plants: Powering the world" by Sonja Dunbar
C) 2:00pm- 2:45pm "Water: chemistry of the wet stuff" by David Bebb
D) 3:00pm- 3:45pm "What are genes made of?" by Lia Chappell
E) 4:00pm- 4:45pm "The shocking science of electricity" by Dave Ansell

More about the speakers:
Dave Ansell is a CHaOS fanatic, also well known for his work with the "Naked Scientists"
Sonja Dunbar is a recent graduate of Plant Sciences from the Cambridge Natural Sciences Course
David Bebb is a recent graduate of Chemistry from the Cambridge Natural Sciences Course
Lia Chappell is a Biology PhD student researching the genetics of Malaria parasites

Where to find Crash, Bang, Squelch!

The venue is fully accessible to those with mobility difficulties, and there are toilets on site.

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 head for 27 on the map for the hands-on events, and 4 for the lectures. (15 and 14 on the linked map.) Please note that the Museum of Zoology is running an event that's separate from these CHaOS ones, so even if our event is full when you arrive there are other events nearby!

Map of New Museums Site

Thanks to the sponsors of Crash, Bang, Squelch 2011!

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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Wesleyan Medical Sickness

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