Crash, Bang, Squelch! Saturday 18th March 2017

On Saturday 18th March 2017 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! 2013

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! Pre-booked tickets have now all been taken but you can still turn up at the door! If you're a Cambridge student, you can volunteer to demonstrate here.

CHaOS will also 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 our 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.

Tickets for this event have now sold out! You can still check for availability at the door on the day.

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 8 exciting talks, in addition to the hands-on activities that are part of "Crash, Bang, Squelch!" on Saturday 18th 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. Book your tickets 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:

10:00 - 10:30 - "Spectacular Seeds" with Sonja Dunbar and Sarah Wiseman
11:00 - 11:30 - "Asteroids and Meteorites: The Rocks That Killed the Dinosaurs?" With Roxanne Armfield
12:00 - 12:30 - "Maths, Games and Being Nice" With Tom Webster
12:45 - 13:15 - "Parasites: The Force Within" With Koi Wangwiwatsin
13:30 - 14:00 - "Where Are All the Aliens?" With Andrew Sellek and Lucy Oswald
14:15 - 14:45 - "Geologise! The Time Machine" With Matthew Kemp
15:15 - 15:45 - "Feeding the Flame" With Tim Boyd
16:15 - 16:45 - "Super Sensors: Going beyond the Five Senses of the Animal Kingdom" With Hannah Thorne

Where to find Crash, Bang, Squelch!

As with last year, the entrance to CBS will be through the Zoology Department's main entrance (see map on right). See here for a map of the location of the departments on the New Museums site.

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 accessible via a lift by the Zoology Museum. Accessibility to the second floor of the department is possible via the lift in the Zoology Department. There are toilets available on site, but these are also only accessible via stairs. Hearing loop facilities are available in the lecture theatre. If you have any questions or need any more information about access, please feel free to email

Map of New Museums Site

Thanks to the sponsors of Crash, Bang, Squelch 2017!

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation

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Royal Society of Chemistry, Mid-Anglia Branch