January News 2024

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Our first Mum Tech session with Her Worshipful Mayor of Douglas City Council,
Mrs Natalie Byron-Teare.

If you’re reading this then congratulations! You’ve made it through January and, if you’re anything like us, you’ve been so busy, you’ve hardly noticed – and all of a sudden the snowdrops are pushing through and Spring is almost in the air.

Anyway, grab a cosy blanket and a cup of tea and get ready for a whistlestop tour of all things January and LOVE TECH!

To begin with, the start of the year kicked off with…

Read all about it!’ Mum Tech – Love Tech’s very own 6 week basic computer and technology course, designed around mums’ needs, but really for anyone looking to skill up in the home, work and homework arenas.

Due to weather 🌪️ and other issues, weeks 2 and 3 had to be postponed.

However, what this means is that the course is now running until February 28th. At the time of writing, course dates therefore still include the following:

February 14th – Introduction to coding and basic web design.

February 21st – IT for work and study, including info on iCloud storage, CV set up, email confidence etc.

February 28th – Social media apps – how to use them and how your kids might use them.

Also – many thanks to our course facilitator, Clare Pettit, for doing such a great job, and our very special January guest, Chris Kissack, Senior Business Development Manager from Acclaim Limited, and well known supporter of grassroots initiatives in the video game and esports communities.

On January 31st’s session, Chris ran a fantastic educational workshop all about the video game world – sharing his in-depth knowledge whilst also dispelling myths that gaming is just for boys. The presentation ended with “a very active and positive” Q&A session, covering titles like Fortnite, Call of Duty and Hearthstone.

FREE tickets are still available for all remaining dates (Feb 28th nearly full), so grab yours quickly to make the most of this great opportunity.

Also, if you were affected by the date changes, please note tickets have been automatically moved, so do let us know if you AREN’T able to attend these new dates.

Next up – our final Mentor filming session with Glenn Whorrall from yourmovie.com took place on January 12th.

Glenn Whorrall with Love Tech Mentor and Web Developer, Harley Garrett.

Once again a big thank you to Manx Telecom for allowing us use of their innovation hub as we captured yet more inspirational and empowering #WomenInSTEMIOM stories. This final batch will shortly be up on our website to join the others which you’ll find right here.

We really do recommend that if you know any young person looking to explore a STEM career that you share these with them – and also encourage them to check out our Mentors’ bios.

It’s a little talked about fact, but girls’ perceptions of STEM subjects have been proven to be positively impacted by female role models. This is exactly what we’ve based our Mentor programme on, as empowering girls is vital if we’re to ensure gender equality in the workplace as our world becomes ever more STEM focused.

If you would like to learn more about this topic, check out Microsoft’s study here.

As well as this…

Throughout January we celebrated our Mentor of the Month, Specialist Microbiologist, Haafizah Hoosen-Charles.

After finishing her A levels at Ballakermeen, Haafizah was the first in her family to go to university where she studied Biomedical Sciences at De Montfort University.

You can check out Haafizah’s Love Tech video here.

And read all about her STEM journey here:

Remember to have a peek through January’s socials to check out her book and film recommendations and challenge too.

“Anyone, anywhere, can enjoy science, so keep nurturing your curious mind.” Haafizah Hoosen-Charles.

And that’s all for January! Strap in for February’s report as we give you the low and fasten-yourself-in-down on our very exciting McLaren supercar event, plus a few details about yet another Mum Tech special guest and all our other projects – including – LAUNCHING VERY SOON! Our PwC Isle of Man sponsored, flagship primary school initiative, STEM Spark 💥

If you’d love to be the first to grab a place at one of our events – most of which are FREE TO ATTEND, please do sign up to our news and events mailing list HERE.

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.