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Tropic Like It’s Hot During Science on Tap 6/25

Just as the name suggests, the SNL-inspired event will be full of steamy STEM fun tied—even if loosely—to the tropics.




The Science Museum of Virginia is back with the second virtual Science on Tap, this time with the theme Tropical Nights. Just as the name suggests, the SNL-inspired event will be full of steamy STEM fun tied—even if loosely—to the tropics. But instead of being at the Museum, guests will be at home enjoying the hot programming.

  • The Museum’s very own historian of all things morbid and weird, Jim Blow, will tell guests about five terrible ways to die in the tropics.
  • You can’t explain the tropics—or nights, for that matter—without astronomy, so Museum astronomer Justin Bartel will head to space to show how our planet feels the heat as the seasons change.
  • Dr. Jeremy Hoffman will surf for the hottest late-breaking t(r)opics in science and culture and host a trivia contest guests are shore to enjoy.
  • Museum staff will also throw in random waves of salty notes throughout the night to keep everyone on their toes.

Just because Science on Tap is now on Zoom does not mean the rules change: as with the in-person events, the content is aimed at an adult audience and is not kid friendly.

Thursday, June 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Curious-minded adults are invited to seas the day by joining the Museum from home for this happy hour packed with science fun.

Guests are welcome to enjoy their favorite pineapple and coconut-flavored tiki adult beverages during the program, and are encouraged to dress in hula skirts, beach gear and gaudy shirts. The best outfit wins a prize (but, ahem, all bathing suit areas should be covered!).

Science on Tap is presented by WestRock.

Guests should register on the Museum’s website before noon on June 25. They will be emailed the link to access the Zoom program at 3 p.m. the day of the event. Space is limited to 300 spots. Guests should register per device access, not per person.

Museum staff are working hard to keep people entertained and enriched while socially distant. The Museum is not charging for this event, but—as Science on Tap events don’t create themselves—guests are highly encouraged to make a suggested donation of $5 to the Science Museum of Virginia Foundation when they register.

The Museum hosted the first virtual Science on Tap in late May. Survey feedback from guests who joined said they enjoyed the show’s humorous and informative content, and wanted the Museum to offer more adults-only digital programs while the building remains closed. The Museum is happy to oblige as providing a reminder about the importance of science in people’s lives has never been more important, and continues to be paramount to the organization’s mission.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.