STEM Tavern at Soaring Ridge

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Date(s) - Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


What makes a talk about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) even more entertaining? Why, beer of course!

Join our monthly STEM Tavern that features a fascinating science presentation plus good beer. For each beer sold at STEM Tavern, Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! A food truck will also be on hand.

If you are interested in more information about the STEM Tavern programming, you can contact Sarah Van Zele at  svanzele@smwv.org or 540.342.5718.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks begin at 6:00 pm!

June 14: John GossThe Celestial Event of a Generation

This is the second in a series of events where you can investigate and celebrate the Great American Eclipse which is happening on August 21, 2017! This eclipse has also been labeled as the Sky Event of the Decade.

A miss is as good as a mile; totality is the name of the game. Much will be made of the coming solar eclipse on the afternoon of August 21. What is all the fuss about? What can we see from Roanoke and elsewhere? What does it all mean?

John Goss has been an avid skywatcher since he was six years old when he remembers first viewing the moon. His many years of observing the wonders of the sky led to him earning “Master Observer” status from the Astronomical League in 2005. He has served as President of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society, Chair of the 2001 and 2010 conventions of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies, and Chair of the Mid East Region of the Astronomical League. John currently holds the office of President of the Astronomical League, the world’s largest federation of astronomical societies. He also writes a monthly stargazing column, “Roanoke Skies,” for the Roanoke Times, and is a board member of the Dr. Beth A. Brown Science Foundation, an organization promoting careers in astronomy to youth of the Roanoke Valley.

John and his wife, Genevieve, live in Fincastle, VA and are members of the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society and the International Dark-Sky Association. 

And, yes, he has seen a total solar eclipse. He wants to see another one.

Can’t get enough of the Sky Event of the Decade? Join us for the rest of The Great American Eclipse 2017 event series:

Eclipse Day Camp with Big Brothers, Big Sisters (July 15) Planetarium shows will be open to the public at 1 pm & 4 pm

Eclipse Viewing Party on the rooftop of Center in the Square (August 21, noon – 4 pm) For museum members only


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