NORTH EAST — Although Cecil College is preparing for the arrival of more than 150 ships on its North East campus, there will not be any water needed for the family-friendly event.
Made entirely of the popular construction toys, the visiting vessels will be showcased in the college’s Physical Education Complex, where the TEACH FLEET Lego Show and STEM Expo will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 9.
TEACH FLEET is an acronym for Technology’s Effects and Contributions Highlighted for Learning Ecological Environmental Topics. Built by Commodore Wilbert McKinley, the TEACH FLEET was created to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; celebrate the STEM contributions of a diverse group of Americans; and encourage environmental awareness and stewardship. Representing every area of STEM, the collection consists of all types of modern ships from tugboats to super tankers.
The ships demonstrate how technology interacts with the land, sea and air in both positive and negative ways as well as how poor uses of technology can create problems, but good uses of technology can provide solutions.
McKinley constructed the Lego fleet entirely from scratch as representations of the kind of ships he watched for years as a boy on the docks of Baltimore, New York and Norfolk, Va. He later designed ships for naval yards and shipyards in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Newport News, Va., and Washington, D.C. Ranging from 1½- to 6-feet long, the average length of the ships is 3 feet.
Breakout sessions will be held both days, and participants will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from maritime and earth science-related organizations and institutions.
Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $12 for guests 7 and older and free for children 6 and under.