On October 19, 2012, United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia hosted a STEM Expo, featuring a Marine Science Lego Ship Show. The Lego Show featured 106 ship models up to six feet long from tugboats to container ships to aircraft carriers.
The Lego show exposed youth to STEM careers by using the culturally relevant biographies of female, African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American and Native American STEM contributors with ship models named for them. Representatives from several environmental and marine science organizations including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center, Delaware River Port Authority, and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), Delaware Sea Grant College Program, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Penn State University Sea Grant made presentations of their work and exposed youth to opportunities in STEM.
by: Lenora Felder