Staff Spotlight - Zach Podrebersek
The Space Centre wouldn’t be what it is today without our amazing staff. We’d like to take a moment to shine the spotlight on a member of our little space family.
What is your position at the Space Centre?
Summer Programs Assistant. I’ve been planning and making space related crafts as a way to teach kids about space, as well as families and other groups. I help out with school field trips and summer camp workshops, all centered around science and space. I also help out in the gallery space. Walking around and talking to guests, answering questions, and even just having conversations about space programs.
What’s your favorite thing about space?
One of the reasons they decided to not bring bread into space is because on one of the early missions, one of the astronauts snuck in a corn beef sandwich in his spacesuit. Made a big mess. So then they decided, no more bread! Don’t want to make a mess.
What’s your favorite memory working at the Space Centre?
I built two LEGO models for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. This is the Saturn 5 LEGO Rocket [pictured]. It’s not completely to scale but it has all the important features and is great for demonstrating how actual rockets function. We also built a LEGO model of the Lunar Module from Apollo 11. We do outreach trips to other schools and areas. These models were brought on the Kitimat LNG Summer Library Tour to help teach kids about space.
That, and also setting up the Apollo gallery downstairs. The spacesuit in it is awesome because it was actually used in the Canadian TV series, Star Gate. It’s my favorite sci-fi show. It was cool I got to actually touch it [pictured].
What do you recommend people check out at the Space Centre?
The Planetarium shows are great and I also really recommend the current Apollo exhibit we have on the lower level. It has a lot of cool artifacts to teach you about the Apollo missions.