What do LEGOs have to do with naval history?
Who knows? But that didn’t deter hundreds of youngsters who turned out at the Kalmar Nyckel’s Lego Shipbuilding Day, where kids walked the museum and examined models and artifacts from historic and naval ships before building their own replicas, brick by brick.
Using STEM-based LEGO design plans, students from kindergarten to high school seniors built their own models of historic and naval ships using STEM-based design plans including Kalmar Nyckel, USS Gettysburg, CSS Virginia, USS Monitor and many more. Shipbuilding kits were designed by skill level so that all ages can participate.
Some hobbyists exhibited a keen shipbuilding eye with their multi-layered designs, spending hours assembling their creations at competition tables. And younger ones were happy to frolic in the LEGO free play area. There was also a pirate selfie station, a coloring station and face painting.
The free annual event held, on March 2nd at the Copeland Maritime Center, was a great way for kids to learn things about ships and some interesting trivia about Delaware’s significance in maritime history.
“LEGOS are just one of those toys that just about every kid loves,” said Cathy Parsells, executive director of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. “This is a day that we really enjoy because it’s clear everyone is having fun at our Museum. Moms and dads work on projects together with their children, and everyone learns something.”
And Parsells said that the competition elicited some architectural wonders. “We were incredibly impressed by the final products the children turned out.”