Looking forward to some CHaOS!

A CHaOS experiment.
A CHaOS experiment.

The summer holidays are almost upon us and visitors to Flamingo Land can look forward to a variety of events to keep the kids entertained this summer. First up is a science roadshow. From July 23 to 25 Flamingo Land will be playing host to some particularly special visitors! Every summer, Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS for short) packs a van with around 50 hands-on science experiments and travels around the country demonstrating them in schools and at public events.

Their experiments cover all areas of science, from extracting DNA from kiwi fruit to splitting water apart into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity (before reuniting them with a bang!). Their aim is to show you that science is relevant to everyone, and that it can even be fun! And of course, science is an important part of running a zoo, so it’s certainly relevant to any budding zookeepers out there. Small groups of children are guided through each experiment, with the demonstrator explaining the science behind it at an interesting and accessible level.

CHaOS has now been running for over a decade and is a non-profit organisation entirely staffed by student volunteers from the University of Cambridge. The experiments demonstrated cover everything from physics to how the human body works. Many of the experiments have been designed by the CHaOS team, so there’s always something new to see. Next week the roadshow will be visiting the zoo – you’ll be able to find them in our Education Centre from 11:30am, or out on the grass if the weather’s nice! To find out more about CHaOS, you can visit their website at http://chaosscience.org.uk, or follow the progress of this year’s tour on Facebook (http://facebook.com/chaosscience) or Twitter (@chaosscience).

Naturally, the CHaOS roadshow isn’t the only exciting thing happening at Flamingo Land this summer. There are daily animal talks and feeds, as well as our popular Sea Lion and Bird shows, all free of charge. Or why not pick up a copy of our summer holiday trail and see if you can spot the items hidden around the zoo? And for those of you feeling artistic, come along and help us get Ready for Rhinos, an all-summer-long series of events aimed at getting ready for the arrival of our Indian rhinos.