NEW WPTV Newsroom Exhibit: Children Bringing You Breaking News and Weather.

RtoL: Tammy Calabria, James Griffel, Ashleigh Walters, Bill Siegel, Katie Makemson, Timothy Walker, Chris “Washer” Kearns. Photo Credit: MaryAnn Ketchum

On Sunday, September 4, 2022 The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast opened its newest exhibit; the WPTV Newsroom. News Anchors, Reporters, WPTV Production Staff and Museum Staff all joined together with their families for a delicious breakfast and ribbon cutting ceremony. The lights were on, the camera was ready, and the children were excited to be the first to report the breaking news.

The new News Room exhibit is proudly sponsored by WPTV News Station. With their support, The Children’s Museum was able to build a new creative space for children to learn about reporting breaking news and weather. The new exhibit features a green screen, production area, and headline wall. Visitors are able to select different backgrounds in the production area and learn how producers are able to cut in with breaking news. Then those who are not camera shy can report on stories or give the weather report in front of the green screen. Finally, the news continues as visitors write today’s headlines in a “Mad Libs” style magnet wall.

Tanner, Slade & Piper Anerson with Katie Makemson in red. Photo Credit: MaryAnn Ketchum

The purpose of this exhibit is to teach all the roles of producing the local news; on and off camera. And hopefully spark an interest in a future career.  Katie Makemson, Exhibit Designer with The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, “It’s been wonderful working on this partnership with WPTV, including News Anchor Ashleigh Walters. After taking a tour of the real WPTV station, I saw the importance of teaching all the behind the scenes action along with the stars on screen. My hopes are that one day in the future we see one of our visitors at the WPTV anchor desk.”

Mallory Whittemore. Photo Credit: MaryAnn Ketchum

The Children’s Museum would not have been able to complete this exhibit without the help from All About Achieving. Chris Kearns, aka “Washer”, was instrumental in taking ideas above and beyond and creating a more immersive exhibit. We are grateful for his help!

The Museum strives to keep the Children’s Museum evolving and relevant.  The Museum continues to grow and flourish each year and we are excited about the exhibits still to come.  If you would like to participate or would like more information about future projects on the horizon, please feel free to contact Katie Makemson, Project Manager at 772-225-7575 ext. 205.  We look forward to seeing you playing and learning at the Children’s Museum.  

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