Kiggins Theatre

Vancouver, Washington

Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Vancouver

Cosmic Revolution: What Happened Before the Big Bang?

Until about a hundred years ago scientists thought that the Milky Way galaxy was the entirety of the Universe and didn’t know that there were any galaxies out there beyond our own. When we finally discovered that other galaxies did exist, it revealed a Universe that was expanding, getting less dense, and was cooling. By working backwards… Read more

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Vancouver

Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space

Where is the best place to find life beyond Earth? We often look to Mars as the most promising site in our solar system, but recent scientific missions have revealed that some of the most habitable real estate may actually lie farther away. Beneath the frozen crusts of several of the small, ice-covered moons of… Read more

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Vancouver

Volcanoes Next Door: Mount St. Helens and Recent Cascade Eruptions

On a quiet morning 40 years ago, Mount St. Helens erupted and the damage and devastation was beyond anticipation. 540 million tons of ash was spewed into the air, 57 people were killed, and the profound effects on the surrounding landscape can still be seen today. Could it happen again? Could one of the other… Read more

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in Vancouver

Which Way Did They Go: The Wonders of Bird Migration

Have you ever wondered where your backyard birds go every autumn? Or how they are able to fly so far? And just what makes it possible for birds to navigate back to your yard each spring, when we struggle to find where we left our car in the parking lot? Scientists have been asking these… Read more