“Kate the Chemist” at the Clay Center

On Thursday May 18th at 6:30 pm at the Clay Center, Walker Theater will be hosting “Kate the Chemist” who will show how fun science is! Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Kate Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students who might otherwise be intimidated by science. Students’ emotional responses, rather than rote memorization of facts, are key to Biberdorf’s dynamic approach to her program, as well as science in general. Her exciting and engaging program leaves audiences with a positive, memorable impression of science—all while diminishing the stigma around women in science.


Although the event is free, we ask you to register here so we can get a head count or call 304-558-4128 to reserve seats.



Here are a few links about Dr. Kate Biberdorf:


Star Quest

Star Quest

June 21-24, 2023

The nation’s largest optical and radio star party! Enjoy optical presentations, hands-on workshops, and dark West Virginia skies.

Check out more about the Star Quest here!

Pre-Registration is OPEN! Click here to register now.


Star Parties

Star Parties

Green Bank Observatory staff will treat you to views of the night sky through optical telescopes. If weather does not permit outdoor observing, don’t worry! We will have a stellar indoor presentation.

FREE! Please check-in at the Science Center.

The program begins approximately half an hour after sunset to allow our astronomers time to align the telescopes! Please see the events calendar for specific start times for each date. Programs run for about 2 hrs.


Star Party Dates for 2023:
1/14, 2/18, 3/18, 4/22, 5/13; Summer dates will be added later in the spring.

High Tech Tours

High Tech Tours

Select Thursdays (dates below) 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; $25/person

15 participants max.; no photography of any kind is permitted. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Background screening required.

Look inside receivers and marvel at the precise engineering required to collect the faintest signals from the Universe. An Observatory engineer will pull back the curtain on our site labs and control room as you see what makes our observatory one of the world’s leading radio telescope facilities.

High Tech Tour Dates for 2023:
January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14


SETI and High Tech Tours require advance screening for participants. Please check out their screening policy: http://greenbankobservatory.org/visit/screening/


SETI Tours

SETI Tours

Select Fridays starting in April; 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.;

Due to high demand and limited capacity, advance reservations are required. 20 participants max.; Ages 12 & up. The tour requires climbing stairs. Background screening required.

Our tour celebrates Green Bank’s historic Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). It begins with an exclusive presentation right in the control room of our 85-1 Telescope where the search began with Frank Drake’s OZMA project. From there, guests enjoy rare admittance into the 140-foot telescope where Jill Tarter’s Project Phoenix took place and then to normally-restricted GBT access points. The tour ends in our Drake Lounge where you will be greeted by one of our own astronomers and learn about the future of SETI and the role of the GBT in the Breakthrough Listen project.

If you’ve ever wanted to be inside our operation control rooms or to speak to one of our radio astronomers in person, then this is THE opportunity of a lifetime!

SETI Tour dates for 2023: Coming Soon!




Registration Closes for 2023 Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a nonprofit organization developed since 1984 to improve the quality of science education for students. The Science Olympiad consists of interscholastic competitions for students in grades 6th-12th. It is a way to provide recognition of outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers as teams from all 50 states compete at the Regional, State and National levels. WV winning teams qualify to compete in the National Tournament.

Parents are welcome to be organizers for a team, as long as you have one teacher liason through a school. Homeschooled teams are welcome, as are Out-of-state teams who may attend our event as practice for other events. Please note though that out-of-state teams cannot place or advance to nationals through our state.

The 2023 WV Science Olympiad will be held at Marshall University on March 4, 2023


Link to register : https://netapps.marshall.edu/so/registration.php

WVSSAC Robotics State Championship Tournament

Starting in the 2021-22 school year, students all across West Virginia will have the opportunity to select Robotics as a recognized co-curricular activity by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. This new classification enables recognition and parity for robotics programs to thousands of students.

WVSSAC Robotics teams will play a modified version of the VEX Robotics Competition game, with changes made only to the eligibility rules and tournament structure. This format will enable high schools with existing VRC teams to add WVSSAC robotics without needing to purcase any additional parts or equipment.

Although VRC and WVSSAC Robotics share the same game, WVSSAC Robotics is a separate program which will take place in parallel to the existing VRC season. Schools will be able to hold meets in the fall, winter, and spring, with the season culminating in the WVSSAC Robotics State Championship event in April.

The 2023 WVSSAC Robotics State Championship is scheduled for April 15, 2023 on the campus of Fairmont State University.