19 June 2022 | 2-4pm
Location: Ballaugh Beach
Join Love Tech and Beach Buddies on 19th June for two rewarding hours and lots of fun on Ballaugh Beach – all ages welcome!
We hope to start the event with a short talk and the chance to speak with and meet one of our STEM Mentors, working in Marine Science in the Isle of Man.
Beach Buddies makes it very simple to get involved in beach cleaning. They hold events all year round and special events for groups, clubs, Scouts, schools, Guides, companies and charities like ours, for those who want to “make a difference” to the beaches around our stunning Island and to protect our wildlife.
The equipment is very simple – a litter-picker, a bin bag, a pair of gloves – and a human being!
Beach Buddies will provide all the equipment and always give a safety talk beforehand, especially for younger volunteers, and Beach Buddies removes all materials collected, and recycle as much as possible.
Beach Buddies has full public liability insurance and also has numerous Risk Assessments, all available on request.
This is a FREE event but to get an idea of numbers, we ask that you register for free tickets – TICKET DETAILS TO FOLLOW VERY SOON
30 July 2022 | 10am-11am
Location: Sound Cafe, The Sound
Join the Love Tech team and the Manx Whale and Dolphin Watch for this FREE and incredible Summer spectacular
There won’t be any food or drinks provided at the event, however you are welcome to bring your own refreshments or enjoy the menu options available at the Sound Cafe, before or after the event.
Binoculars will be provided by MWDW, but if you have some you would like to bring along, please feel free.
This event is ideal for children aged 8 and upwards. For children younger than 12, they must be accompanied by an adult (18 or over).
Note that whilst this is a popular time of year for sighting dolphins, sightings are not guaranteed.
This event will be FREE of CHARGE, however due to restricted numbers, we will require those attending to acquire a ticket.
Eventbrite ticket information will be released shortly.
The Sound is one of the best spots to see all 5 species of cetacean. There is a high level of productively due to the strong tidal rips that go through the Sound working to stir up prey species, thus providing easy pickings for dolphins and porpoises. This is a very good spot for Risso’s dolphins, harbour porpoise and minke whale during the summer, we also occasionally see common dolphins and basking shark. During the winter and very occasionally in the summer we may see mid-size pods (20-30) of bottlenose dolphins.
30 July - 13 August 2022 | 10am-2pm
Location: Various Locations - See Details
Our inaugural STEM Summer Roadshow will span 3 locations on 3 different dates over the Summer holidays.
There will 3 zones to get involved with at each date/location 1) Love Tech, 2) Code Club and 3) Young Engineers, all providing a range of STEM activities for children to enjoy and learn from, whilst having a lot of fun.
Suitable for ages 8+
EAST – 30 July @ Barclays Eagle Lab
NORTH – 6 August @ Mountain View Innovation Centre
SOUTH – 13 August @ TBC
About Code Club:
The Isle of Man Code Club is an organisation aimed at providing a focal point for people of all ages to develop digital skills, share their knowledge and experience and teach others how to leverage the technology that surrounds us. We do this by organising classes in various programming disciplines, fostering cooperation amongst software developers in the Isle of Man and providing events of interest for people passionate about technology.
Short plan to share: Have you coded before? Would you like to learn how to code? Code Club is going to be here with both beginner and intermediate handouts so you can have a go at creating your own computer programs in just 30 minutes.
About Young Engineers:
Young Engineers offer revolutionary educational programs which provide an engaging, hands-on learning experience that teach children the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering, Programming and Robotics. In each lesson, they discuss and explain theories that are related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Students comprehend these complex theories through building our exclusive and exciting machines and robots. They offer various STEM Workshops for Primary Schools, as well as after-school Enrichments Programs, which run throughout the entire academic year, on various days and at multiple locations around The Isle of Man.
In their programs, participants will learn about many different topics and concepts which include the laws of physics, centrifugal force, centripetal force, inertia, kinetic energy, potential energy, lift force, torque, leverage points, angular momentum and more! Students are also equipped with the professional skills necessary for understanding the logic behind almost any coding language that exists today, along with the necessary mathematical skills required in making the scientific calculations needed to build their models.
YOUNG ENGINEERS SUMMER ROADSHOW SESSION
Participants will have a short lesson and introduction to Centrifugal / Centripetal Force and Angular Momentum . They will then build a model of a Spinning Top and use an Electric Motor to generate the high-speed-spin which will launch the spinning top into motion. The practical aim will be to ensure the spinning-top is stable and can maintain its angular momentum whilst also maintaining its physical position.
LOVE TECH SESSION SUMMER ROADSHOW SESSION
The team will be bringing along lots of fun STEM kit to get involved with and try out including our state of the art VR headsets, mini sphere robots and much more. We’ll also have mentors on hand to talk to the children about their chosen STEM role and their career path.
2nd #TechMums Digital Training Club with Love Tech
15 September 2022 | September 2022 - Details tbc
Location: VENUE to be confirmed (Douglas area)
FREE #TECHMUMS TRAINING IS COMING TO THE ISLE OF MAN
After phenomenal feedback following our first TechMums Club at the start of 2022, we are delighted to be running a second 6 more weekly training sessions this September.
Who is it for?
This practical and in-depth ‘in person’ & online training club is for Mums in the Isle of Man, which will span a range of useful topics and equip them with the digital skills they need for 2021 and beyond.
#techmums programmes and initiatives are designed to support mothers becoming more familiar, confident, and excited about the use of technology in their personal, professional, and parenting lives. The organisation’s vision is to reach as many mums as possible, to ignite potential in not only mums, but their families, and their communities.
#techmums mandate is to create a safe space for women to learn.
Why is it important?
#techmums research has shown that by equipping mums as the main care giver, this can strongly influence their children.
By being better equipped to understand the emerging world of tech & digital, and how this translates into the jobs of now and the future, we are better able to influence social mobility for our #techmums and their families.
Mums are the force multipliers in society. When you support a mum in becoming more tech-savvy, you are supporting her children, her parents, and her wider community.
#techmums is all about making as big an impact as possible. Our programmes don’t just benefit mums, but the whole family, whilst creating female role models.
What will I learn?
Setting safe passwords
What is the Cloud and how to use it
Staying safe online, including phishing, privacy, parental controls and shopping.
Social media platforms, gaming, and shared online media apps (Netflix / Spotify etc)
Managing family finances online, getting good deals and budgeting.
Work place skills and how to use the Internet to look for work
An introduction to App Design, Web Design and Coding.
IN THE UK, COMPUTER SCIENTIST AND TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST SUE BLACK HAS FOUNDED #TECHMUMS.
INSPIRED BY HER OWN EXPERIENCE, #TECHMUMS PROVIDES COMPUTER TRAINING FOR MOTHERS SEEKING TO LEARN NEW SKILLS OR SIMPLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE DOING.
IT’S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT CREATIVE THINKING IN THIS AREA CAN DO.
ITS GOAL IS TO REACH AS MANY MOTHERS AS POSSIBLE, SO THEY CAN THRIVE AT WORK, CHANGE JOBS IF THEY WANT TO AND NURTURE THEIR CHILDREN’S INTEREST IN TECHNOLOGY.
How do I find out more?
If you are interested in attending this course, you must be a Mum and be able to attend one, more OR all 6 sessions.
Start date SEPT XX (TBC)
This is a 6 week course but you do not have to attend all 6 sessions, only the weeks you believe will be of most benefit to you, but remember, the more we learn, the more we grow. It’s also a great way to meet other Mums and make new friends.
How to register ?
We will soon share more information and the dates for this brilliant course. Keep checking the website and our social media channels for the latest news.
The team is delighted to announce a full and exciting Spring and Summer event line-up for 2022.
Following 18 months of uncertainty due to Covid restrictions, the committee and mentors are incredibly excited to share our first full programme of events for two years.
From Dolphin Watching, to TikTok workshops, STEM Summer Roadshows and Graduate Fairs for varying age groups, not forgetting the amazing #TechMums Club returning for a second year, there’s lots to look forward to.
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
Press Release: Love Tech Postpones Events Schedule
It is with regret that we need to inform you that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone all forthcoming Love Tech events, due to the unprecedented times we’re facing with regards the Covid-19 outbreak across the World.
The health and safety of everyone who supports Love Tech, whether it is a child, parent or volunteer, is of paramount importance to us and we believe that this is the right and most conscientious course of action for all concerned.
We have therefore placed all events, board and committee meetings on hold for the short term and we will continue to share updates and STEM related content via our social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram).
The committee is looking forward to delivering more exciting events in the near future.