We are Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) – a group of friendly student volunteers from the University of Cambridge, who are keen to share with you our passion for science! We usually travel around the country with loads of fun experiments from across STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and we try to visit as many venues as we can, hoping to reach out to as many people as possible.
Our primary aim is to get children, whatever their age, to engage with the science we’re showing them however they want to, and to learn something cool in the process! CHaOS has no age limits though! We try to tailor our demonstrations to our visitors. We want younger children to see our experiments and think they’re amazing, to get involved and play with the effects we’re demonstrating. For older children, we’re also there to teach the science underlying the fun, and even to talk about university or studying science in school.
We have a very wide range of over one hundred experiments – you might build and walk across your own arch bridge, watch us extract DNA from a kiwi or even test out our spinny chair! And, of course, we can’t forget Boris, our friendly plastic skeleton, who travels round with us as our mascot and helps us teach visitors about what’s inside the human body.
Of course, during the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not currently possible – however, this will not stop us from delivering our excitement for STEM to you virtually! Below you can find various declassified ‘Experiment files’, so that you don’t miss out on trying out our fun science experiments. All you need is a couple of simple items from your local supermarket, and you’re ready to be a scientist too, from the comfort of your own home!
If you want more, take a look at our super-exciting talks given by some of our lovely demonstrators.
Try out this perplexing present puzzle: watch the video, then find some objects around your house to be your ‘present’ and ‘doors’ and play for yourself. Try sticking with the same door sometimes and switching other times. Do you win more often if you stick or if you switch? Find out more about the problem and why you should switch here.