April Newsletter 2024

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Cloud Busters at the Met Office with Love Tech mentor, Kirsty Pendlebury!

Well with the weather being such a ‘cool’ topic right now, what better way to kick off the first of our Summer term newsletters by telling you all about…

Cloud Busters! ⛅ our bright and shiny weather event over at Ronaldsway Meteorological Office with Senior Meteorological Officer, Kirsty Pendlebury.

Taking place on the 4th of this month, the event saw Kirsty lead two groups of young weather enthusiasts around the Met Office.

Here’s what she had to say about the day…

“The Love Tech Cloud Busters’ event was fabulous and I loved meeting everyone who came to visit Ronaldsway Met Office. We talked about different types of clouds, what their names were and what type of weather they bring, as well as what instruments we use to measure different types of weather. Storm Kathleen was very much the topic of conversation with it affecting the island over the weekend and it was lovely to see how interested all the children were. I hope that they all found weather and forecasting as interesting as I do and maybe one day one of them will want to become a Weather Geek too!”

Thank you to everyone who popped along and supported this outing – if you learnt about any secret magical instrument that might warm up the Summer term, please let us know 😎

And as for other EXCITING EVENTS…

Roll up, roll up – we’ve got a COMP! 🍃

That’s right because Love Tech is super proud to announce that this year, along with a host of other organisations – including Media IOM, Manx Ornithological Society and Manx Wildlife Trust, the charity is supporting Unesco Biosphere IOM’s search for a Young Nature Champion.

This brand new competition has been designed to give people aged 21 and under the opportunity to creatively express their love for the natural world with many fabulous prizes to be won.

These include a uniquely tailored nature experience for the overall winner, plus a wonderful trophy. Here’s what our Love Tech Co-founder & Director, Claire Milne, has to say about it:

“Love Tech is hugely proud to yet again be involved in this latest nature competition for our Island’s young people. We can’t wait to see what creativity it inspires as it encourages them to connect and engage with nature. Love Tech would like to wish good luck to everyone who takes the opportunity to participate.”

For more details and TO ENTER! Head here.

Closing date is November 1st.

And in other news…

Love Tech is delighted to say our latest PwC Isle of Man sponsored initiative, STEM Spark, has IGNITED 🎇

Love Tech Education & Strategy Co-ordinator, Lisa Karran at Manor Park Primary School

Our very first recipients were Manor Park Primary School whose teachers received an Unconscious Bias training course this month, led by our fabulous Education and Strategy Co-ordinator, Lisa Karran.

If you were at Lisa’s brilliant Chamber of Commerce Unconscious Bias training last year, you’ll know they were in for a treat! Lisa wanted to say a big thank you to the school:

“Thank you for having me and sharing your thoughts and observations on how we can influence the future of equality. We look forward to seeing you again soon.”

If you’re a primary school teacher in the Island and you’d love to sign your school up for a free STEM themed assembly plus either a STEM themed workshop for children or Unconscious Bias workshop for teachers – AND, a brand new selection of free STEM books for you school library, fill out our form right here.

And April doesn’t end here because…

Are you, or do you know a girl or young woman in the Isle of Man who would love to learn more about STEM but isn’t sure where to begin?

Then check out our brand new WEBSITE RESOURCES’ PAGES.

Over the last year Love Tech has been working hard to make our website more accessible, informative and USEFUL – which is where these pages come in.

Kindly created for us by the amazing web development team over at Vivid Unity, they are bursting with info – here’s a quick taste of what to expect:

A beautifully laid out and informative ‘Why #girlsinSTEM?’ page.

A link page to STEM-amazingly useful websites.

IOM bursary info.

A selection of STEM-amazing careers, what they entail and what subjects they require.

And, of course, if you want to learn more about some of the women in the Isle of Man already involved in STEM careers, check out our mentors’ page too…

Speaking of mentors…

Throughout April we celebrated our Mentor of the Month, Actuary (and panda lover!), Heather Beck.

In case you’ve never heard of an Actuary, Heather is a Maths whizz whose job involves calculating future risks in the insurance industry using high level probability, statistics and models.

“If you could insure anything, what would you insure it for and how much would you be willing to pay for it? Personally, I would insure my Panda teddy I have had since I was born – you can’t put a price on how much I love that teddy!” Heather Beck’s mentor challenge.

Check out Heather’s Love Tech video here.

And read all about her STEM journey by clicking here.

Remember to have a peek through April’s social media post to check out her book and film recommendations and wise words too 🐼

So to finish up – other exciting things that have been happening for #TeamLoveTech this month…

We were featured in UNESCO’s Biosphere IOM’s latest newsletter! Click here to check it out.

In addition to this, we celebrated International Girls in ICT Day by hyping our technology mentors, Martyna Wilks, Harley Garrett, Rachel Grant, Sikhulile Dlamini and Alexandra Koyfman.

We also had a quick ‘wise words’ share from our astronomy and astrophysics mentor, Jennifer Stone, PhD to celebrate Astronomy Day.

That’s all for April! Remember, if you want to be the first to know about all about our events and initiatives, please do SIGN UP TO OUR MAILING LIST 💥

And, to finish – if you’re a woman in STEM living in the Isle of Man and you’d love to join an award-winning charity to MAKE AN IMPACT, please get in touch:

contact@lovetech.im

Our Mentor scheme is in an exciting period of growth and a great place to share your skills and connect with others.

That’s all for now! Stay tuned and stay STEM-curious!

Love Tech is an IOM registered charity no. 1293.

www.lovetech.im for more info.