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Thank you for not just showing us the experiments and explaining how it works but for letting us take part and see for ourselves. Student, Glory Farm Primary School
Real scientists can never stop asking questions and in this regard they are not so different from kids! Nicole, OxHOS Volunteer
I'm keen to inspire enthusiasm in young people by helping them learn how fun science can be! Sarah, OxHOS Volunteer

What does OxHOS do?

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 including biology, chemistry, maths, physics, engineering and medicine - and there is always the chance to incorporate new ideas! Each experiment comes with instructions and 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 attend events all year round. You can often find us hosting stalls at public Science Festivals or running workshops at science outreach days at the University. A list of upcoming events can be found here. Our main event is the summer Roadshow with takes place in the summer vacation. You can find more information and sign up for the Roadshow here.

What's in it for me?

  • Developing your public engagement skills with a range of age groups and abilities
  • Training in Science communication
  • You will be reimbursed for travel expenses and food, so coming on the Roadshow will not cost you anything
  • Share your enthusiasm for science!

How can I get involved?

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 2018 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 contact us and we will be in touch very soon.

What is our equal opportunities policy?

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for our volunteer scientists. You can read more about this in our Equal Opportunities Policy.

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