Tech Mums – Presented by Love Tech X Jo Cutsforth Training and Coaching
2 November - 7 December 2022 | 19.00 - 21.00
Location: Barclays Eagle Lab, Douglas
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 2022 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.
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.