1800 Children. 112 Books. 10 Schools
As we set out on our first Love Tech Primary School initiative in February of this year, we didn’t know quite what to expect.
Turning up at assemblies to talk about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and some of the incredible women (our mentors) working in these fields, we weren’t sure if the content would be inspiring enough for the children we visited!
We needn’t have worried however, as after visiting ten primary schools, meeting approximately 1800 children and donating 112 STEM related books, we have had some wonderful feedback from teachers and children alike. We have been sung to, applauded, hugged and have been asked some really challenging questions!
“It was brilliant, the kids were firing me with questions all day. The books are amazing and the kids will love them.”
“I have been sharing the box around the classes to give each class a chance to see them before they go in the library. The class I went to today was Year 5 and the girls were so excited to see that a lot were about women in STEM!”
“Many thanks for your assembly. The children were chatting about it afterwards and loved the books you left.”
“The books went to our reading corridor this morning and have caused quite a stir!”
We are pleased to say that we met our goals, which included engaging with primary school children and schools, sparking interest in STEM and encouraging diversity, however we are far from the end.
At Love Tech we are passionate about playing a part in helping to address the global and local skills shortage and to redress the balance, where women are hugely underrepresented in STEM. We are now planning our next steps in terms of how we support children in education and you can expect to see us in schools once again, later this year.
This well received initiative could not have been achieved without the generous donation received from PWC Isle of Man and the support of Bridge Bookshop.
List of book titles donated:
How to be a Maths Whizz by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon
The DNA book: Discover what makes you you by Professor Alison Woollard & Dr Sophie Gilbert
Build your own website for beginners by Laura Cowan
Fantastically great Women who saved the planet by Kate Pankhurst
Counting on Katherine : How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon by Helaine Becker
The everyday workings of machines by Steve Martin
Ask a scientist by Robert Winston
Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes by Sophie Dean
Kay’s Anatomy: A Complete (and Completely Disgusting) Guide to the Human Body by Adam Kay
How cities work by James Gullivar Hancock
Fantastically great Women who change the world by Kate Pankhurst
Wonder women by Sam Maggs
Marie Curie Power of Persistance by Karla Velenti
50 fearless pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky