Oxford Hands-On Science (OxHOS) is a student-run society based in Oxford. We believe that science is fun and relevant to everyone, and we are passionate about spreading our enthusiasm for science to young people, families and the general public across the UK!
To do this, we take a range of hands-on science experiments into schools and public venues like town halls and shopping centres. Each experiment is demonstrated and explained to our guests by a student volunteer – which is where you come in. You can volunteer with us if you’re a university student in the sciences – anywhere from a 1st year undergraduate to a final year PhD student! Our experiments cover a wide range of science disciplines like biology, chemistry, maths, physics, engineering and medicine – and there is always the chance to incorporate new ideas! We are currently operating in partnership with Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS), and using their experiments. Details of experiments which may be available for you to demonstrate can be found here. To help you out with demonstrating experiments, each one comes with an explanation, and if you sign up for our events, we will also offer you some training in how to be a fantastic demonstrator.
When does OxHOS run events?
We run events all year round with a list of those upcoming given here
. Our main event is the summer Roadshow with takes place in the 'long vacation'. More information can be found towards the bottom of this page.
- Developing your public engagement skills with a range of age groups and abilities
- Training in Science communication
- Share your enthusiasm for science!
- You will be reimbursed for travel expenses and food, so coming on the Roadshow will not cost you anything
If you would like to sign up to our mailing list, please email:
If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate science student, or scientist linked to the University of Oxford, OxHOS would love you to come and volunteer on the Summer 2017 Roadshow! We take interactive science experiments into schools and public venues, to show young people that science is fun. We’ll provide training, food, transport, and camping for the weeks outside Oxfordshire, so all it will cost you is your time! If you are interested in signing up, please fill in the form below and we will be in touch very soon!