November Newsletter 2023

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It’s late November, the lights are shining, the champagne is fit to burst… is it a turtledove, is it a remote-controlled plane, is it… Christmas?

Not quite! Instead, it’s the Isle of Man Media’s Excellence Awards 2023 where, this month, Love Tech were delighted to receive this year’s Education and Learning Initiatives Award.

We know, we look happy and sparkly as Christmas baubles – and with good cause. 2023 has been a busy and exciting year. We’ve enjoyed events a-plenty – from our Gender Equality workshop in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, to Meteorological Office visits, ManSat and the Dome collaborations, STEM panel discussions, our Summer Open Day and STEM week in-school visits – complete with VR headsets and sphero-balls.

In addition to this… please may we have a HUGE drum roll because…

This week our STEM books in primary schools’ initiative CAME TO AN END at Bunscoill Ghaelgagh – meaning that over the course of the last 2 years we have visited all 33 of our Island’s amazing primary schools!

That’s 33 assemblies and 33 sets of STEM books safely delivered to school libraries.

Well done to all our committee members and mentors for implementing this incredible project.

AND! Thanks to yet more funding from our STEM books in primary schools’ sponsors, PwC, we are delighted that this project is set to make an even bigger, brighter re-emergence in 2024 – watch this space.

Committee member, Lisa Karran, delivers our last
STEM books in primary schools’ assembly!

Behind the scenes there’s even more going on as we work hard to keep you fully informed via our socials, develop our website as an information resource AND… build on our Mentor engagement strategy.

As a charitable body, winning this award is therefore no small matter. A huge thank you to Isle of Man Media for recognising our efforts and giving us an extra leg up in our mission to inspire and empower girls and young women in the Isle of Man to explore opportunities in STEM!

But of course, the Excellence Awards weren’t the only thing we got up to in November, so here’s the lowdown on everything else…

First up…

Our celebrated Mentor for this month has been… Jewel Bacani!

Jewel graduated from Lancaster University in 2022 having specialised in Mechatronics Engineering – a type of engineering that blends mechanical and electrical/ electronic principles.

Watch Jewel’s inspirational video HERE, and remember to keep an eye on our socials for our monthly mentor’s challenge and book recommendations.

Thank you so much Jewel for supporting our cause, it’s hugely appreciated.

“Continue being curious, passionately curious, knowledge and understanding will follow.” Jewel Bacani.

Next, we have an event launch!

Love Tech does Mum Tech – 6 weeks, 6 empowering computer and technology sessions. Running over 6 consecutive weeks every Wednesday from January 11th until February 14th, this event is now LIVE and tickets are available.

This year we’re also giving you the option of attending all the sessions, or just the ones you think you’ll benefit from – what’s on each date is clearly stated on the sign up info. Just make you select the right dates for you.

To find out more and to SIGN UP – CLICK RIGHT HERE.

In other news – Digital Isle 2023 also took place this month at the Comis Hotel. Love Tech were therefore super excited to receive an invite to host a breakaway panel discussion in conjunction with Isle of Man Code Club.

Entitled, “Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators: Your role in supporting our island’s future in STEM,” the session was hosted by our panelists and Love Tech committee members, Lisa Karran, Alexandria Halsall and Adam Drummond (who was also wearing his Isle of Man Code Club hat!).

A great time was had by all and they did a fabulous job speaking all things gender equality in STEM and why it’s so vital we continue to encourage children to explore STEM career opportunities.

“Men outnumber women in STEM by 3 to 1… there is still plenty of work to be done to increase the amount of opportunity all children receive on the Isle of Man and beyond, exposing them to careers in the #STEM sector and filling those vital skills gaps on the Island. I am proud to stand with Love Tech and help to make a difference to our Island.” Alexandria Halsall.

What with all that and some exciting new additions to our website which we can’t wait to reveal, it’s been yet another busy month.

Remember, to make sure you never miss an event, sign up to our mailing event 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 do get in touch. 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. for more info.