June Newsletter 2024

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How exciting – the summer holidays are fast approaching, let’s hope we’re in for a good one! They’re also the perfect reason to kick off our latest newsletter by reminding you all about Love Tech’s…

Summer Open Day 2024 🌞

In case you haven’t grabbed your child’s yet, FREE tickets are available NOW for Love Tech’s annual Summer Open Day – and they’re booking up FAST!

This year we’re super excited to say our ever-popular event will be hosted in partnership with Manx National Heritage at none other than our Island’s fabulously iconic Manx Museum, and it’s going to be STEM-tastic 💫

Ready to learn more?

Here’s what to expect:

  • Timings: One single, drop-in session, 11am – 2pm, so you and your child can pop in when you’re able and stay as long as you like.
  • Age Range: This event is for children aged 7-14. One ticket per child (no need for adults to book though please be aware we would like you to also attend and join in the fun).
  • Activities: Code Club; Young Engineers (IOM); VR Headsets; AI and a space experiment with Acclaim’s “AI expert,”resident AI geek,” Chris Kissack; a science activity table.
  • Other Info: If you book a ticket and find it’s no longer needed, please return it via our booking system or let us know so we can get it recycled!

This event has been designed to provide opportunities for our Island’s children to participate in a range of hands-on STEM activities free of charge – and we can’t wait to see you there. Many thanks to Hansard Global PLC for their sponsorship of this event and to Manx National Heritage for kindly allowing us use of the space 😊

And as for other EXCITING EVENTS…

Young Nature Champion 🌿

A quick reminder! Love Tech is super proud to be supporting this fabulous UNESCO Biosphere IOM initiative alongside Media IOM, Manx Ornithological Society, and Manx Wildlife Trust.

A development of last year’s Young Nature Writer 2023, this latest competition has been designed to give people under 21 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.

For more details, head here and GOOD LUCK to everyone getting involved!

Closing date is November 1st.

And in other news…

STEM Spark Assembly and Free STEM Books at Andreas Primary School 📚

Children at Andreas School get stuck into Maths
Photo courtesy of Andreas School

Love Tech is delighted to say that this month our latest PwC Isle of Man sponsored initiative, STEM Spark, took us to Andreas Primary School 🎇

Here our wonderful Education and Strategy Coordinator, Lisa Karran, delivered a STEM-Spirational assembly alongside a whole new selection of books for the school’s library (‘Cool Engineering’ was particularly popular – we wonder why that might be… in June?! 🏍️🤔☺️)

Love Tech would just love to say a huge THANK YOU to Andreas Primary School for having us. We were also thrilled to see so many great photos of the children enjoying their STEM activities after we’d gone 💥

Remember, if you’re a primary school teacher on 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 an Unconscious Bias workshop for teachers – AND a brand new selection of free STEM books for your school library…

Fill out our form right here.

And June doesn’t end here because…

Throughout the month, we’ve been celebrating our new…

Mentor of the Month, Physiotherapist Ruth Cooil 🌟

Ruth is a Physiotherapist at Ruth Cooil Physiotherapy Ltd. Describing her career path as ‘rocky initially,’ due to a mix of A-level trials and tribulations plus university home-sickness, Ruth soon rocketed instead, working first in the UK, then returning home to work at Nobles for 25 years whilst physio-ing for British gymnastics, Island Games, and Commonwealth Games on the side. In 2023, Ruth left Nobles to run her business full-time.

If you’d love to find out more about Ruth, you can…

Check out her Love Tech video here.

Or…

Read her inspirational bio here.

Thank you so much for sharing your story Ruth, and in doing so enabling us to continue to ‘Inspire and Empower girls and young women in the Isle of Man to explore opportunities in STEM.’🌟

“Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.” Ruth Cooil’s wise words for June.

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

Love Tech was thrilled to support Gef the Mongoose’s 30 Under 30 as their partners for the Trailblazers category. Huge congratulations to our three young trailblazers, Georgia Foxton, Savannah Gunnell, and Luke Wilson.

Left to Right: Love Tech committee members, Lisa Karran and Adam Drummond, two of our young trailblazers! Luke Wilson, Georgia Foxton, and
Love Tech’s Chair, Angela van den Berg.

Here’s what our committee member and Events lead had to say on the event:

“It was fantastic for Love Tech to be invited to partner up with Media Isle of Man for the ‘Trailblazer’ award category for the 2024 Gef 30 Under 30. Celebrating the hard work put in by our island’s under 30s is paramount to the future success of our communities, and I’m sure that the three winners in our category will go far!”

Stay Connected

That’s all for June! Remember, if you want to be the first to know about all 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.