LEGO User Club

‘First LEGO League’ (FLL) – Robotics – the first session for this season

Accelerate Learning Using Bricks and Code with NSCC.

First session of the season Saturday September 15th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm (included with museum admission)

Upcoming schedule: (i.e. sporadic Saturdays)

  • October 13th
  • November 10th 
  • December 15th 
  • 2019 dates tba

Come to the Maritime Museum to work with the Nova Scotia Community College for a LEGO Robotics demonstration and learn what makes these little marvels go.  FIRST LEGO League (FLL) gets youth ages 9 to 14 involved in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology. Learn about upcoming competitions here in Nova Scotia to test their programming skills on some of the actual challenges facing teams. www.firstlegoleague.org/about-fll

Mike Duggan of NSCC, an enthusiastic science educator and consultant with experience working in museums, private and public schools and non- profits will be hosting walk-in sessions about LEGO Robotics during which he and other NSCC faculty members will be demonstrating how to construct and program a LEGO robot using a PC. Visitors will then have an opportunity to assemble, program and test the active movement of their small LEGO robot.

All materials will be provided by the Museum and NSCC. So, come explore, build and experiment. Parent accompaniment recommended. Great for ages 9 and up. Pre-registration is not required for this program.

LEGO Stop Motion Animation User Club 2018/2019

First session of the season Saturday October 13th from 10:00 – 12:00 pm (included with museum admission)

This is our monthly Museum LEGO Stop Motion Animation “Users Club” gathering, under the guidance of instructor Jenna Marks as well as Tim Tracey.

Jenna Marks is an experimental and narrative filmmaker with a strong focus in animation. She graduated from NSCAD in 2013 with a BFA and a major in film. Following her graduation, Jenna was accepted into the National Film Board’s prestigious animation apprenticeship program; Hothouse, in Montreal. Jenna’s films have played internationally and have gained awards at Germany’s, International Film Festival Stuttgart and Canada’s own Atlantic Film Festival.

Tim Tracey is an award-winning Stop Motion animator, writer and director whose films have debuted at the Atlantic Film Festival and TIFF in Toronto. Working primarily with reclaimed materials, he approaches animation like a magician.

LEGO Stop Motion Animators should bring a small bit of LEGO, as well as project ideas and storyboards that you would like to create on your IPods or IPads or thumb-drives (don’t forget your chargers). The software app that can be downloaded online is: ‘Stopmotion Studio’ from the iTunes App Store.

Suggestions for our upcoming season of LEGO Stop-Motion Animation work sessions:

  • Work with a small scene – everything you use should fit into a small shoebox
  • Plan your scene with 3-4 characters
  • Have a written story idea that has a beginning, middle and an end
  • Your theme could be a nautical story or land & sea story
  • Think about how the characters relate to each other

We will provide:

  • A background if you need one
  • Drawing paper and pencils for your story board

To register: Please enroll in advance for this program by contacting the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic – 902- 424-7491
The cost is included with Museum admission or with your MMA or NSM Season Pass

Upcoming schedule: (i.e. every 2nd Saturday)

  • October 13th
  • November 10th
  • December 8th
  • 2019 dates tba