Coast Day

Photo credit: Shaun Bailey of the PDE

Join us in 2015 for a fun and educational event for the whole family! 

Date: Saturday, September 12, rain or shine

Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cost: Activities are included with Museum admission

Info: 215-413-8655 or seaport@phillyseaport.org

Click here to view photos of PA Coast Day 2014

Coast Day activities include: 

  • Philadelphia Ship Model Society "Fun Float"
  • TEACH FLEET - World's largest LEGO Ship Model Collection
  • Tours of two Historic Ships - Cruiser Olympia & Submarine Becuna
  • Kayak, rowboat and swan boat rentals inside the basin

 Philadelphia Ship Model Society "Fun Float" Observation

The Philadelphia Ship Model Society "Fun Float"  invites visitors to observe R/C ship modelers run their electric and steam powered models in the Delaware River basin.


TEACH FLEET, with 120 ships, is the world’s largest Lego ship collection. It was built to cover the entire range of modern self-propelled vessels from tugboats to aircraft carriers to super tankers. The ships are between 6 feet to 1-1/2 feet long (the average length is 3 feet).

The TEACH FLEET was entirely scratch built by Wilbert McKinley (a former ship designer for major naval architecture firms and shipyards) from Lego style building blocks without the aid of kits, directions, drawing plans or pictures. Several hundred thousand building blocks were hand selected from various used and recycled sources then cleaned and sorted by color and type prior to construction.

The ships were built to help bridge the digital divide by encouraging students that are traditionally underrepresented in math and science related occupations to consider careers related to math and science. Each ship is named in honor of a female, African American, Hispanic American, or Asian American who made a contribution to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). The biography of each ship’s namesake celebrates not only their STEM contributions, but also their individual triumph over the obstacles that were historically imposed on many Americans because of their gender or race.

The ships were designed and built to demonstrate how technology interacts with the land, sea, and air in both positive and negative ways; and how poor uses of technology can create problems, but good uses of technology can provide solutions.

The ships provide a catalyst for discussion to create environmental literacy, environmental stewardship, and the further discussion and study of the Geosciences, as well as interest in educational and careers opportunities related to the Geosciences.

TEACH FLEET has been working with other organizations for STEM learning and collaboration. Click here for more information.