Top Tips for the CHaOS Summer Roadshow
- Be enthusiastic: the best thing you can teach kids is to enjoy science, so smile!
- No one gets it right all the time: we all do bad explanations occasionally; don’t worry, you’re learning.
- “I don’t know” is better than guessing. This one’s important – don’t say things that will hamper understanding later.
- Ask Questions: it’s the best way to gauge how well you’re being understood and kids learn better if they feel they’ve worked it out for themselves.
- Know when to take a break: We all need to take a rest occasionally, and even when it’s busy someone can cover your experiment.
If you’re new …
- Don’t be put off that everyone seems to know each other. We’re very friendly, they probably met 5 minutes ago. We always have new demonstrators, and they quickly feel at home.
- Know who’s on committee. These people will be more experienced and should be able to answer questions and know what’s going on.
- Lend a hand if it’s needed, there’s nearly always some job to be done.
Camping with CHaOS
- Sleeping bag and roll mat. (Although we do have a couple available to borrow.)
- Towel and toiletries
- Clothes for a range of weather conditions. Layers are great!
- Decent shoes.
- A water bottle
- A torch. It gets pretty dark after sundown!
- A power bank. Our campsites don’t normally have electricity.
- Something for the journey. You’ll probably get a train to CHaOS, and might have to wait for us at the station, so a book could be useful.
- A tent
- Food. We provide meals and plenty of snacks through the day.
- Smart clothes/shoes. The most formal place we might end up at is a village pub.