Space is the place!

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Phoebe Benta. How would you de­scribe your role?: My role at the Barn­aby fes­ti­val is to co-or­di­nate the Space School, run­ning over two days on the site of ‘La Lune’. Cur­rently I am li­ais­ing with lo­cal schools, sci­ence clubs and pro­fes­sional providers to pro­vide cre­ative, hands-on ex­per­i­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at fam­i­lies. How did you first get in­volved with the fes­ti­val?: I first heard about Barn­aby Fes­ti­val last year while study­ing events man­age­ment at Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity. I now live in Mac­cles­field where the fes­ti­val takes place. I saw the fes­ti­val wanted vol­un­teers to help run some of their ac­tiv­i­ties and thought why not? It’s a great way to get in­volved with the com­mu­nity. Tell us more about the events you’re in­volved with this year: Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that will be tak­ing place in the Space School in­cludes: l » De­sign a con­stel­la­tion us­ing LEDs and con­duc­tive paint l» Hu­manoid ro­bot demon­stra­tions l» Space sim­u­la­tions and games us­ing iPads What’s been the big­gest chal­lenge so far?: The big­gest chal­lenge is putting the event sched­ule to­gether, mak­ing sure I have enough ac­tiv­i­ties to fill the day and be­ing able to find spare time. What are you look­ing for­ward to this year?: I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing chil­dren get­ting in­volved and ex­cited with the ac­tiv­i­ties at the Space School and all the other ac­tiv­i­ties across the fes­ti­val, and I’m wait­ing to see the As­tronomer’s Story come to life in Mac­cles­field with a star-filled town, where fes­ti­val at­ten­dees will ex­pe­ri­ence the tale of an ec­cen­tric as­tronomer who has bought the moon and the stars down to Earth. What’s the best thing about the fes­ti­val?: The best thing about the fes­ti­val is that any­one and every­one can be a part of it from a spec­ta­tor at the pa­rade to the lo­cal shops get­ting in­volved with the space theme. It’s a very in­clu­sive fes­ti­val. What do you think the fes­ti­val has done for the town, and what would you wish for the fu­ture?: This week makes a year since I re­lo­cated to Mac­cles­field and see­ing a char­ity like Barn­aby be­ing so in­volved with the com­mu­nity is re­fresh­ing. What have you learned from your ex­pe­ri­ence as a vol­un­teer?: I have learnt a lot in such a short time from lo­gis­tics be­hind the scenes to sched­ul­ing. It is def­i­nitely a great ex­pe­ri­ence that would help me in my day-to-day work as an events co-or­di­na­tor.

The Space School runs on Satur­day, June 18 and Sun­day, June 19, from 10am-5pm each day at Christ Church Lawn, Mac­cles­field. The pic­ture be­low is by Fiona Bai­ley.

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