Fossil Hunting with Love Tech & Manx Wildlife Trust
31 July 2021 | 2pm - 4pm
Location: Scarlett Visitor Centre
FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ‘STEM’ EVENT
Join Love Tech and the Manx Wildlife Trust for a fascinating Fossil Hunt and science themed talk at the Scarlett Visitor Centre, in Castletown. This location offers outstanding coastal scenery, spectacular limestone and volcanic rock-formations, great seasonal flowers and plenty of birds to see.
Whether you have a budding palaeontologist in the household, you simply want to get your child outdoors to explore nature or looking to feed your child’s curiosity, in a fun and educational environment, this event is for you, and most importantly, the children!
A big thank you to the Manx Wildlife Trust for supporting us with this wonderful event, we can’t wait!
Whilst tickets are FREE, every person attending will need to book a ticket (adults and children), which can be found on our Eventbrite Page.
Due to limited spaces, tickets will be on a first come, first served basis. For terms, conditions and disclaimers, please see Eventbrite.
The Visitor Centre stands between the quarry, source of the limestone which built Castletown, and the triple lime-kilns on the shore. Displaying maps, diagrams and data, the Centre introduces the complex geology and fossil remains of the Scarlett peninsula. A short film shows off the areas rich coastal flora and bird life. A marked Nature Trail explores these features on the ground, specifically the limestone pavements and volcanic rocks such as the Stack. This is an exhilarating walk at any season, especially when spring flowers including spring squill, thrift, bird’s foot trefoil and stonecrop, carpet the rocky outcrops and the turf. In addition to the many and varied seabirds of Castletown Bay, wheatears, stonechats and meadow pipits dart among the rocks in summer and the disused quarry lake attracts hawking swallows and martins.
20 August 2021 | 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Manx Telecom Headquarters, IOM Business Park
Love Tech’s Summer Tech Fest suitable for young people between the ages of 11 and 18 will take place at Manx Telecom Headquarters building in the Isle of Man Business Park, Braddan on Friday 20th August from 9.30am – 12.30pm.
This educational event will help young people learn more about jobs in tech and immerse attendees in tech-focused activities first-hand. Various local tech companies will be hosting stands at the event, including space company Man Sat, app developer Memory Lane Games, international software company Derivco, digital training and skills company Readynez, as well as the Chartered Institute for IT BCS and the UCM, who will be showcasing their various technology-based courses on offer.
There will also be a panel of ‘techperts’ talking about their jobs and what it takes to pursue a career in tech including computer game designers, cyber security experts, Bitcoin and digital forensic analysts for money laundering and anti-terrorism.
Love Tech have also created a QR code treasure hunt for children to show off their skills, with the grand prize being a Oculus Quest II VR headset, sponsored by BCS with the winner selected by prize draw. There will also be goodie bags sponsored by Derivco for all those who complete the ‘tech themed’ treasure hunt.
Be sure to sign up in advance for this unmissable event via Eventbrite.
22 September - 10 November 2021 | Wednesday Evenings (time tbcf)
Location: Manx Telecom Headquarters, Braddan
#TECHMUMS TRAINING IS COMING TO THE ISLE OF MAN
Some of our wonderful team have recently completed their #techmums training and we are therefore delighted to be running our first X8 week training programme 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 ALL 8 classes on a Wednesday evening from 22 September 2021 onwards.
Please note: Due to the amazing value of this course and to be sure of your commitment , we kindly request a £20 non-refundable ‘Love Tech’ donation, from those attending the course.
To register your interest in this training course, funded by our kind sponsors and recent donations, please email: email@example.com
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.
Love Tech Press Release for Game Development Workshops
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 14 TH OCTOBER 2019
Love Tech invites award winning game development studio to the Island, to run free workshops for the next generation of developers
Love Tech is delighted to announce a new event in their November calendar: two FREE Game Development Workshops run by award – winning Game Doctor Ltd.
Game Doctor Ltd is a game development studio in the UK that builds educational games for children, primarily around healthcare. They aim to transfer STEM and health education through the production of digital media. Founded by microbiologist Dr Carla Brown, the company develops mobile games, software and media to educate communities about complex topics in science and healthcare.
The two workshops will be run by Dr Brown and her senior developer, who are traveling to the Island for this purpose, at Love Tech’s invitation. Dr Brown is a Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient and TedX speaker, and Game Doc tor Ltd has won multiple awards for their approach to learning. The two workshops take place on 23 and 24 November, with the Saturday event designed for a younger audience of 12 to 15 – year olds, and the Sunday event for 15 to 18 – year olds. Workshop attendees will learn about developing “tech for good”, with a focus on skill sets and career options in game development and technology, how to differentiate a good idea from a poor one and how to design a game to solve a problem. At the end of each workshop, attendees will pitch their ideas to a small set of judges and their peers for critique and feedback.
Dr Brown, CEO of Game Dr Ltd, said : “This is our first visit to the Isle of Man, and we are excited to learn more about the Island and meet the students involved in the workshops. ”
Lydia Barbara, Love Tech committee member and Chair of Digital Isle of Man, said : “Game development has consistently been the most popular aspirational career choice for the students Love Tech has engaged with so far, and we couldn’t be more pleased to host Dr Brown and her colleague.”
Whilst on the Island, Dr Brown will also speak at the Google Developer Group’s first ‘ DevFest ’, which takes place on 22 and 23 November in the Hubb, located above the Eagle Lab. More information can be found on www.devfest.im.
Love Tech has also just announced their second Book Club event, now running until the 2nd November. For information about these and future events, please visit the Love Tech website www.lovetech.im/events