STEM Tavern @ Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

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 start at 6 pm!


June 14: John GossThe Celestial Event of a Generation

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.


July 12: Apple Ridge Farm


August 9: David Lindsay


September 13: Dr. Valerie S. Banschbach and Yucatán Semester Group


October 11: Kari Zacharias


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