Amelia Slama-Catron, 14, of Sandy, Utah, an eighth-grader at Midvale Middle School, devoted more than 100 hours of her time last summer to developing an activity booklet to help older children enjoy and learn more from the exhibits at a nearby childrens museum. Amelia said she really enjoyed the activities and special events at the Treehouse Childrens Museum in Ogden when she was younger, but as she got older, she noticed that her younger sister was the one having all the fun, and she was just unengaged. So, I decided to fix the problem, said Amelia.
She began by observing children at the exhibits, storytimes and interactive theater program and found that everything seemed to be targeting younger kids. After much brainstorming, Amelia decided to create an activity booklet that would engage older children to learn, think, and respond while viewing the museums exhibits. Amelias booklet is now available free to everyone at the museum who wants one. It allows them to enjoy the hands-on exhibits available there at the same time as their younger siblings, she said. They can learn and have fun at the same time. Amelia also makes presentations to visitors at the museum, and helped develop a play caf to teach children how to order and pay for their meal.